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What is your daily routine when expressing milk?

24 July 2010 6 Responses

Question by Wendy: I am new to expressing milk and am not sure whether to express a lot at once or just enough to get by the few feeds. It would be great if you could pass on any tips, thanks.

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  • mommyof3 said:


    I express every 3 hours but when I started for the first time I did it every 2 hours for 10 to 15 minutes to build up and maintain my milk supply. I know pump every three hours for 10 to 15 minutes and I massage my breast to get more milk out. At the beginning I only produced 1 ounce on each breast, but as time went by my milk increased. I know pump 3 to 4 ounces per breast.Hope this helps. GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATS!!!

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  • Mrs. Mendoza loves Ella! TTC #2 said:


    If you are trying to keep your milk supply up enough to feed your baby exclusively on breast milk, then you need to pump for any feeds replaced by the bottle. If you are exclusively expressing then you’ll have to pump every 2-3 hours. If you are breast feeding and just want to pump a little extra for a back up supply (for nights out, daddy or grandma bonding, etc.) then its best to pump in the morning before you feed your baby since it is when your breasts are likely to be most full. If you do not pump for all feedings that are replaced by a bottle, then your milk supply will slowly regulate for the new supply and diminish. Contact your local La Leche League for more advice.

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  • Barbara S has 2 daughters said:


    I pump every time she eats, plus one or two additional times in the late morning, when my supply is at its peak. I am exclusively pumping right now, but hoping to get my 8-day-old daughter back on the breast in a week or so (I had significant injuries to both nipples, despite many other interventions). I am getting 3-4oz at every session, but the baby is only eating around 2.5oz right now, so I have a stockpile saved up.

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  • IBCLC & Nurse JC said:


    The more milk that is removed from the body the more milk that is made. In the beginning it is normal to have tons of milk. At first you have an oversupply of milk after a few weeks your body slows down the production of milk. At this time I would pump out as much milk as possible. Most women who are exclusively pumping end up having issues with low milk supply pretty fast so at this point pump as much as you can.
    If you are just pumping when at work – then the same goes. Pump as much as you can because when your baby is eating 6 ounces every couple of hours you may not be able to pump that much out.

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  • Angela-mama to Dahlia Skye said:


    I pump twice a day, to have enough for cereal (about 2 ounces) and a bottle (about 4 ounces) for my husband to feed the baby. I pump first thing in the morning before the baby wakes up- I empty one side, and leave one side mostly full for her when she wakes up. And I pump right before bed, as I sleep better when I’m empty. We’ve built up about three days worth of milk in the freezer by doing this (and not feeding a bottle at night sometimes) just in case. I’ve dipped into our “stash” a few times for staying with grandma for a couple hours or if she is hungrier than I have milk (though if that happens, I try to pump extra, because she needs more than I’m providing and need to increase my supply).

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  • cz9mm said:


    what worked for me was to feed her on one side and pump on the other. when i fed her the other side leaked the entire time so why not save it? my breasts knew when it was feeding time and my milk would just decide to come out on its own. the most successful times for pumping for me was when my breasts would get a slight discomfort feeling. it felt like the tops of my breasts were being pulled on. i believe it’s called the let down. i got atleast 4 oz a breast when i had this feeling. if i tried with out it i would maybe get 1 oz on each side. i usually pumped only 4 oz into a bottle. i had the medela pump with a bottle attached. so i made two 4 oz bottles.

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