How Often should I Breast Pump?

Make breast pumping work for you.

You might feel daunted about the prospect of finding the time to pump. If you’re going back to work or simply want to get help feeding, find a routine that works for you.

Mom using manual breast pump

When you're breast pumping at home to build up your supply and a stash of milk, once a day is plenty. The aim is not to drive you crazy! Once you go back to work, standard practice is to breast pump once for each missed feed. So for most moms, this is probably about three breast pumping sessions in a typical eight-hour work day. It can feel like a lot, especially when you’re trying to get a job done too. As a result, if you really can’t fit them all in then come up with a plan that works for you. For example, breast pump when you get up, before work, after your baby goes to bed or during the night. 

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