Just started EP at 11 weeks...please help!

by Emily
(Bedford, TX)

Hey Ladies, need some help/guidance/advice! I went back to work at 10 weeks and since my LO is so impatient with nursing due to getting the milk from the bottle so much easier. After 2 weeks of constant crying/screaming and an unhappy baby and mama (struggling with severe PPD), I decided to make the switch to EP instead of EBF like we were doing before. At 11 weeks I had to supplement with formula, one bottle every other day because I couldn't pump what LO was eating while at daycare. So here is my question:

I've read so many articles that say once your supply is established from 12 weeks of EP, you can often times decrease pumping sessions to 5/6 times per day. Others I've read says "while EP you need to pump 7-8 times per day". I'm wondering if I nurse my LO first thing in the morning, how many times do I need to pump during the day? She eats 6 times per day...

Thanks in advance for all your help, I have a new found respect for moms who EP.

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Jan 05, 2014
by: Lyssa

There isn't a hard and fast rule to how many times a day you have to pump. Most moms find pumping easiest in the morning and then slowly find themselves pumping less and less throughout the day.

When I EP'ed, I pumped every two hours during the day,and four at night, as I found this worked best with my schedule.

The pump is much less effective at getting milk than a baby,which is why you supply is probably lessening. Pumping more often will help increase your supply, as well as staying properly hydrated. Once you have established a supply, then you can lengthen the time slowly between pumping sessions, but this may decrease supply. It takes a bit of work and trial and error to figure out what works best for you, your baby, and your body.

You sound like you are doing a great job feeding your baby! Keep up the good work!

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