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Pumping Mamas Needed Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57831 posts
26th Mar '13

I am just looking to maybe get a rough idea here - obviously I am aware that ALL babies are different.



I will be going back to work when the newb is about 12 weeks old. I am hoping to have her both on the bottle and the b**b successfully by that point. At my job, I will have set times I can pump (based on my current schedule, if it doesn't change.) I was planning on nursing before I drop her off (7am), pumping about an hour later (8:30am), again at lunch (11:30am) and then towards the end of the day (3:00pm.) I am going to nurse her in the evening and then pump right before bed as well. Is this enough? Or am I going to be majorly lacking?



Also, how much breastmilk will I need to give my sister daily to feed her? She will have her from 7:00am til about 5:00pm.



Last question, I promise...when can I start pumping without messing up my normal supply?



TIA!

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
26th Mar '13

Start pumping right away. All it's gonna do is help you make more milk. That way you can build your stash right off the bat. It's always good to have as much stored up as possible. I'd freeze in 2-4 oz incriments. That way your sitter can warm up 4 oz. then if she wants more she can do 2 oz. that way she's not wasting. Also you can freeze in ice cube trays. If you know how much each ice cube is then you can get out as many as you need. Then barely any waste will occur. For ozs its really probably just gonna depend on your baby. She may only want 2 ozs one time and 4 oz another, and 6-8 another. You just never know. She may also not eat much during the day and make up for it at night if she has a b**b preference.



And your pump schedule sounds pretty good.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65151 posts
26th Mar '13

I only got 6 weeks off after I had Lola, so I started pumping right away. Generally, they suggest waiting 6 weeks for your supply to regulate, but that's not feasable for everyone. I ended up losing my supply, because I never had time to pump at work and I foresee the same thing happening again. :( That's great that you can set aside that much time to pump!

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
26th Mar '13

I didn't HAVE to pump so I don't know as much as a pumping most of the time momma. I used to pump everytime Brady nursed. But pump as much as you can. IF you could, I would squeeze one more session in if you cant you should still be fine. Get a GOOD pump. Medelas are great. Find out if your insurance company will cover one! Make sure to keep a photo of little one near by, maybe a blanket of hers too! Also, if your having let down trouble warm compresses help!



I started pumping when brady was 10 days old, before my milk regulated! I had an AMAZING frozen stash of milk because of this. I was EBF him and pumping 30+ oz a day! It was great. I recommend not skipping a pumping session EVER. Skipping a few is what threw my supply off and now I can only pump 1-2 oz everytime I pump.

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57831 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting lolajessup:" Start pumping right away. All it's gonna do is help you make more milk. That way you can build your stash ... [snip!] ... eat much during the day and make up for it at night if she has a b**b preference. And your pump schedule sounds pretty good."


Thank you for the advice.
I am going to do my best this time to not supplement formula (which I did with my daughter) because it completely ruined my supply almost immediately. I am hoping that since I have an additional 4 weeks this time, I can be regulated a little better by the time I go back to work!

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57831 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [21 wks]:" I only got 6 weeks off after I had Lola, so I started pumping right away. Generally, they suggest waiting ... [snip!] ... to pump at work and I foresee the same thing happening again. :( That's great that you can set aside that much time to pump!"


I had heard that I needed to wait but I just don't see it being forseeable either. I need to get that back up supply in the freezer as quickly as I can.



I am going to lose most of my plan/lunch time in pumping but I figured I could make it work. Some days won't be that easy if I have meetings/case conferences but I am going to try!

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57831 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Rebekah Garden x3:" I didn't HAVE to pump so I don't know as much as a pumping most of the time momma. I used to pump everytime ... [snip!] ... skipping a pumping session EVER. Skipping a few is what threw my supply off and now I can only pump 1-2 oz everytime I pump."


Thank you!
My insurance covers the full cost of one medical grade pump. I just have to call in May and get them to order it. I REALLY want the Medela but they are currently on back order because of so many insurances being obligated to cover it now so I may have to go with a different option. All of them seem pretty good though.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Emily Dickinson:" Thank you for the advice. I am going to do my best this time to not supplement formula (which I did ... [snip!] ... am hoping that since I have an additional 4 weeks this time, I can be regulated a little better by the time I go back to work!"

Try to start pumping right away so you have an over abundance to store. By the time Brady was 12 weeks old I had over 2000 (yes, two thousand) ounces stored. & Thankfully I didn't have to depend on using it for work. Around 12 weeks I couldn't pump anymore and he has just been a b**b baby since!

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
26th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" Thank you! My insurance covers the full cost of one medical grade pump. I just have to call in May and ... [snip!] ... insurances being obligated to cover it now so I may have to go with a different option. All of them seem pretty good though."</blockquote>




I went on a wild goose chase for mine :( but i ended up finding one. maybe see if places have waiting lists you can be on.

Emily Dickinson 18 kids; Indiana 57831 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting lolajessup:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Emily Dickinson:</b>" Thank you! My insurance covers the full ... [snip!] ... I went on a wild goose chase for mine :( but i ended up finding one. maybe see if places have waiting lists you can be on."


I can order from either the hospital or EdgePark (I think that is the name) which is a medical shipping place. I haven't called the hospital but Edge Park said that they are two-three months behind on Medelas but that I still can't order until 30 days before my date of delivery.



So we will see when I call at the end of April!

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Emily Dickinson:" I can order from either the hospital or EdgePark (I think that is the name) which is a medical shipping ... [snip!] ... Medelas but that I still can't order until 30 days before my date of delivery. So we will see when I call at the end of April!"


I would talk to the hospital. That is where I got mine! I didn't kno wmy insurance would cover it so I had bought like a 30 dollar cheap one, and then the LC came in and was like you can get this, your insurance will cover it, blah blah blah. & I left the hospital with mine.

CrapBag. 3 kids; Minnesota 7925 posts
26th Mar '13

That schedule sounds great!



I started pumping at around 6 weeks. I pump first thing in the morning - R nurses on one side and I pump the other. I built my stash that way and ended up with 500 oz in the freezer before I went back to work.



Good luck Love!