For some Moms, exclusive pumping works out best for them. It is
entirely doable, but takes some planning and a little extra work.
One of the most important steps to take is to establish a good supply early on. Early and frequent stimulation and milk removal starts milk production.
-Pump every 2-3 hours around the clock for the first week after delivery
-Use "Active", or "hands on" pumping (massaging while you pump) to increase the volume of milk you can obtain and how fast your milk lets down
-Don't forget to drink enough fluids and eat a healthy diet
-After the first week, you can start to decrease the pumpings to every 3 hours, increasing your pumpings if your supply slows enough that you are not keeping up with your baby's needs
-After 2-3 weeks, you can try to decrease your pumpings further. Again, increase your pumpings if your supply slows and you are not keeping up with your baby's needs.
If you have any problems with making an adequate supply, see our blog about increasing your milk supply.
As with most breastfeeding concerns, it can be helpful to speak with a Lactation Consultant. Our Wellspring Lactation consultants are here to help, offering virtual and in-home consults to address any of your questions and concerns.
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