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    Default When and how often to pump to build surplus

    We predominantly feed on the breast for our 4 week old so far. We started to try and pump so my wife can get a break sometimes. So far we try and pump between meals and get at most 2 oz if anything. If we want to bottle feed and breastfeed, how often and when should we pump to build up a surplus for when we need it?

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    -Pump one breast while the feeding from the other.
    -First thing in the morning after a feed.
    -Generally anytime from 12-7am is good (though inconveniently timed!) as this is when the hormones are highest.

    Unless you're having any issues with engorgement or mastitis, then you can probably pump whenever or as often as you have a chance. Pumping isn't a particularly enjoyable activity so I don't imagine you'll overdo it

    While giving your wife a break is a lovely idea, just be aware that for some (certainly not all) women, missing a feed can affect supply. Just something to keep in mind, and this is unlikely to be an issue as bub gets older.

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    A diet high in oats, brewers yeast and fenugreek will boost supply to help with pumping. Agree with @deku


 

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