2. Create a milk stockpile. I started pumping once a day when Hudson was around 4 weeks old. I would get up in the morning with him, nurse him, and then attempt to get him down for a nap around 9:00 a.m. Then I would pump…usually it was 30-60 minutes after I finished feeding him. Those first few weeks I would pump 2 ounces or so….and it was very discouraging. However, once your body gets used to this “extra” feeding session you will start to make more. Once Hudson was 10 weeks old I could usually pump between 4 and 7 ounces each morning. It’s best to pump in the morning…that is when you usually have the most milk.
3. Milk will be thrown out. Get over it. I send Hudson to daycare with four bottles. It takes some experimentation to learn how much milk to send with your baby. At first I over packed his bottles, just to make sure he had enough. Ask your daycare provider to record how much your baby drinks at each feeding and make sure you know your their policy on breast milk. The daycare Hudson attends will discard milk from a “used” bottle after one hour. That means, any milk Hudson does not drink from that bottle in one hour is dumped. This was so frustrating for me at first. That milk is like liquid gold and they are dumping it down the drain!!!! You’ll want to try and pack just what your baby drinks…..but if your baby is anything like mine, it can vary from day to day. So, I send Hudson to daycare with four bottles, each with 5 ounces of breast milk (each baby is different, so pack what works best for them!). Hudson drinks anywhere from 3.5 to 5 ounces at a time at daycare. So I send him with 20 ounces….and a few are thrown out…I’ve just had to get over it!
1. Find a location to pump. Did you know that employers with more than 50 employees must by law provide pumping mothers with reasonable time and a private place, not a bathroom, to pump? So talk to your employer about where and when you can pump with privacy. I am lucky because my employer is totally on board with my plans to continue breastfeeding. I pump in my office. I purchased a curtain rod and curtain to cover my indoor window for privacy. When I returned to work I made sure to let my co-workers know I am not to be disturbed when the curtain is drawn. I have had zero problems so far! At first I felt awkward, but really, no one cares! And they have reassured me that they cannot even hear the pump. I also have a shade on my outdoor window so that people outside can’t see the goods!
So what does a typical “work” day look like?
1:00 a.m. ish…..usually up once with Hudson. I breastfeed him and put him back to sleep.
Any questions? I know that each mom’s routine is different, but mine works for me. I would be more than happy to answer questions about my process at any time! Just send me an email (located under “contact” at the top) or leave your question in the comments of this post.
Next week I’ll talk about my future plans for breastfeeding.
Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: First Days
Part 3: Getting Established