How Often Should I Pump While Breastfeeding?
Are you thinking of getting started pumping breastmilk while you’re still breastfeeding your baby?
Do you have a medical reason for this, such as engorged breasts between feeding sessions?
Do you want to supply your baby with plenty of breastmilk to drink when you’re not available for feedings?
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to pump milk while breastfeeding, but no matter what the cause is, you need to make sure you’re pumping the right amount.
In this article, you’ll learn all about how often to pump, how to tell if you’re pumping too much or too little, and more. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be well on your way to a better understanding of the pumping experience, so let’s get started.
Why pump milk?
There are a few reasons why you may want to consider pumping while still breastfeeding. Your own personal reasons are a matter of your individual needs as well as your baby’s, but just remember that you aren’t alone. There are many moms out there who choose to pump while nursing for some of the following reasons.
How often should I pump while breastfeeding?
Understand that you’re going to need to set aside plenty of time for pumping if you’re doing it in conjunction with breastfeeding. This is something you’re either going to need to start doing while you’re still on maternity leave or to speak to your employer about allowing you time to pump while you’re at work. Once you’re sure you have enough time to devote to pumping, follow these tips for best results.
Is it possible to pump too much or too little?
In short, yes, it is possible to pump too much or too little. However, it’s important to understand that there are a lot of differences between you and other moms, and your individual needs and situation may be quite different from someone else’s. Keep the following information in mind if you’re concerned about how much you’re pumping and whether or not it’s the right amount.
Is a pumping schedule important?
Yes! It’s very important to maintain a good, solid pumping schedule. However, it’s not as important as it is to keep your baby on a strict nursing schedule, so always prioritize your baby’s nursing over your pumping. With that said, however, there are many tips you can keep in mind to help you figure out the perfect schedule for your needs as well as your child’s.
What can I do with excess breastmilk?
If you find yourself pumping more milk than you need to use in a day, you have a few options for what to do with the excess. It really all depends on whether or not you think you’re going to need the milk at any point, so first you’ll need to figure out if this is the case.
Now that you know a little bit more about how often to pump while breastfeeding, you should be better equipped to get started with the next stage of your child’s infancy. Make sure you speak to your own doctor as well as your baby’s pediatrician before you make any significant changes to your lifestyle or your baby’s diet. However, transitioning to partial pumping while still breastfeeding is very common and isn’t a difficult thing to do. As long as you have the right information to help you along the way, you should be able to do this with little to no trouble.