Find a Good Routine / Schedule for Breast Pumping

To have a good breast pumping experience, you need to create a routine and have a good time schedule to continue to maintain a good breast milk supply.  Just as you need to breastfeed your baby on a schedule initially you also will need to breast pump on a schedule.

In the beginning, when you are trying to establish a good breast milk supply, you will need to breast pump every 2-3 hours.  Once you establish a good supply, and a keeping up with your baby’s feeding demands, then you will be able to spread you breast pumping sessions further apart.

You will need to find a good routine to fit into your schedule, but you should try to stick with the same times (more or less) each day.  A good idea is to find equal intervals each time each day to help maintain your breast milk supply.

Such as:

  • 6am
  • 3pm
  • Midnight

What kind schedule or you on and how quickly were you able to maintain this schedule and keep your breast milk supply up?

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  1. Charlotte Benfield says:

    I have exclusively pumped for my daughter for one year now. This wasn’t really by choice. I wanted to breast feed, but she wouldn’t latch on. She was 3 weeks early and the nurses said that she wasn’t strong enough to nurse properly. When she lost quite a bit of weight in the hospital, my choices were either pump breast milk for her or formula feed. I chose to pump. She quickly got the hang of the bottle, and we’ve been pumping and bottle feeding for a year now. It was really exhausting at the beginning because I would get up, heat up a bottle of breast milk, feed my daughter, burp her, get her back to sleep, pump, and then wash and sterilize bottles ready for the next time. But that’s how we did it – every time she would cry to be fed, we gave her a bottle of breast milk and then I would pump afterwards. Now she just made one year old last week. For the past 6 months or so, I just pump at certain times – 7 am, 11:30 am, 4:30 pm and 9:30 pm. These times just work with my schedule best and yet keep up my supply. I always try to pump a little “ahead” of my daughter; that is, I like to have a couple bottles in the refrigerator ready for her in case I miss a pumping session for some reason. I never thought I would pump this long! My goal was to pump just so that she could get breast milk and not formula. I thought – maybe 6 months. But now I find that it’s really not that difficult – it only takes me about 10-15 minutes with my double, electric pump. I’m so glad that she has been able to have breast milk this long – by the way, out of my 5 children, she has had breast milk the longest (although she is the only one that I have pumped for) and I have to say that she is the healthiest too … at a year old…only two mild colds ever…and no ear infections…no fevers ever!! I think that’s pretty amazing considering that she has 4 older siblings bringing home all kinds of germs home from their school.

  2. I’m an exclusive pumper as my daughter was a preemie and just couldn’t get the hang of breast feeding. I get between 1 and 3 ounces per pump so I also supplement with formula. I use Similac Advance. She is three months and just started sleeping through the night. I usually pump at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and before I go to bed…. maybe 10pm. I would love to sleep through the night too but I’m afraid to loose my milk so I have been setting my alarm for 2am. It hasn’t been that bad since it only takes 10-15 minutes. I have skipped it twice and it has been ok. I’m so happy I found this website! Sometimes it feels like I’m the only exclusive pumper out there. People seem so confused when I tell them what I do. It’s nice to have support!!

  3. Hi Iam a new mother in need of finding a good routine pumping. This site has some great imformation letting me take a deeper look of my lifestyle. thx

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