I am 32 weeks today and plan to BF as long as possible. I will have to go back to work shortly after. I got the avent duo electric pump. I would like to BF and pump. This way Daddy can feed too. How should I start this? Or when should I pump?
Routine is key. Whilst at home nurse the baby as much as possible, try not to give a bottle at all in the first few weeks so as not to give baby a preference for the bottle, baby needs to nurse to build your supply. After a couple of weeks you can start to pump for 10 minutes or so after baby has nursed. You won't get much at this stage but pumping will encourage your bony to make more milk. Once back at work it is important to pump regularly and frequently. At least as often as your baby eats during your absence so as to keep your supply going.
I don't know how long you are going to be at work or how often but what I will say is whilst I do like the Avent pump
I have pumped while at work for two kids and agree with the other posts - being in a routine and sticking to it is important. Staying hydrated helps! I have been pumping at home while the baby is young after the morning feeding. So - when it's morning and we're going to be up for the day, after I feed the baby I'll pump. This helps to empty me out and also builds a supply. I've been doing this literally since my baby was about a week old. I can get 2-3 oz at this pumping session. If I do this every day until I return to work there should be a good supply to start the baby off. Once the baby starts sleeping longer, if you can pump while the baby is sleeping that'll help build the supply. I definitely feel that the more I pump the better.
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