Pumping

If you plan to go back to work, starting pumping at least a few weeks before you go back. This will help you get use to pumping and will also give you a small stash. I starting pumping when my daugther was about 6 weeks old and pumped twice during the day and then during the night (she is a great sleeper, so I needed to empty them!). This allowed me to build up stash, which has come in handy many times.

When pumping at work, you need to keep a regular schedule, keep hydrated and eat enough to maintain your supply. The days I get off schedule or when I've gotten sick, I pump less and I'm glad I have that stash at home.

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04/21/14
It is a lot of work and exhausting, though I am thankful to work for a company that provides me the space and time to pump. I know how great breastmilk is for my daugther so it makes it all worth it!
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04/21/14
lol, by the end of my pumping, my pump had gotten really loud. Our pumping room was on the same floor as the CEO's office, and she once knocked on the door and asked, "Is everything alright in there?"
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    04/21/14
    GREAT ADVICE--build a stash! I had a stash of maybe one day's worth of milk, and we went through it very quickly, because it takes time and adjustment to see how much baby will drink while you are away. Because I never had an initial stash, I pumped for eleven months with nearly no room for errors. I was only able to produce enough to cover what my baby consumed, which was okay, but very stressful--no room for accidents or skipped pumping sessions, which are things that can and do happen. So build up that initial supply if you can!
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      04/21/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Great tips! I've only used a manual pump (not recommended!) mostly with my first and I remember having a little stash in the freezer for a while. It was nice.
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      I work outside of the home full time and so does my husband. I cherish all the time I get to spend with my daughter.