Many of us lack the time that we need to breast pump for very long, and we wait impatiently while watching the minutes on a clock to decide whether to finish pumping at this time. Well, if you want to maintain a good breast milk supply, the last thing that you should be doing is watching a clock to see how many minutes you have been pumping.
To maintain a good breast milk supply and have plenty stocked up in your freezer for later use, you need to:
- breast pump until the very last of your breast milk drops into your bottles and then pump just little longer. No matter how long it takes – 5 minutes or 25 minutes – continue to breast pump until you can no longer get any breast milk out of your breasts.
- In addition to waiting until no more breast milk comes out, you will want to continue to breast pump for 2-3 minutes longer to make sure that your breasts are completely empty and to signal to your body that next time you want a little more.
Do you normally wait until all of breast milk is before you stop breast pumping? How has this helped with your breast milk supply?