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    Default Pumping for return to work questions

    So this will be the first time I will not be a sahm until my baby is weaned and I am wanting to pump to build up a milk supply for when I return to work.

    Those of you who have done this, roughly how much milk did you need to have in the freezer for a week?

    Also when is the best time to pump?

    Any other tips?

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    I guess how much you’ll need will depend on a few things..
    - age of baby
    - how often you’ll be working (full time/part time, how many hours each day).

    Best time to pump is in the morning - you’ll typically have more to express in the mornings. In saying that, if you have time before you go back to work, just pump whenever you have the time!

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    Hey love when are you going back to work? Really good idea to start stashing milk in the freezer. My baby started daycare at 6 month of age from 7.30pm to 5.30 pm I used to provide his carer with 4 bags of 180ml breast milk for the day minimum. I used the Medela bags and they were great! As he started solids and eating more it dropped down to 3 then 2 bags. I made the mistake of not stashing away and thought pumping would be a breeze which it wasn’t - so good on you for being organised. Morning worked best for me in terms of pumping, always have a big glass of water before hand. Afternoon around 2-3pm would be good also. If you have your period back they were the challenging weeks for me as my supply dropped considerably during those few days. PM me if you need any help. Best of luck! ❤️

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    Ps I also used to pump at work which helped fill the bags for the next day lol. I ended up breast feeding for a year it is manageable but can be stressful at the same time xx also a feed at drop off is always a good idea

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    Thank you for the replies! I’m only 19 weeks haha so still a while off but was just online looking to order the pump I want and it got me thinking (overthinker here ‍♀️). I’ll need to get milk bags too I guess or can you just use ziplock bags?

    I’m getting a portable pump so will be able to pump at work. I’m not decided on how long I’ll have off yet but at least 6 months I hope (depends on finances I guess!). I’ve just dropped down to part time/4 days a week so will be gone 6:30-5ish those days.

    I hadn’t even factored in solids either! It’s been almost 10 years since I did this last and back then I didn’t have to consider the work side of things!

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    There is a calculator here to work out how much milk you will need for the baby per day. https://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

    Pumping at work is a good idea too. Keeps supply up and gives you some fresh stuff for the next day.

    I used swissper milk storage bags, or you can also buy reusable plastic cups with lids (Avent brand, you can get them at big w and chemists)

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    Thank you! The calculator will be handy Think I’ll pick up some milk bags each week when I do the grocery shop and that way will have a decent stash for when I start pumping.


 

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