Pumping at work

I am starting work next Monday & I’m worried about how pumping will go. Will I pump enough for the next day?

  • Bella
    Oct 28

    I believe you will if you pump at least twice during your whole shift.

  • Morgan
    Oct 28

    It depends. I have been pumping at work for three months. Early on I was able to pump enough, but now my supply is decreasing and I don't pump as much in each session. If you can pump for at least 15 min each time and do it every 2-3 hrs, that helps. The longer you can pump, the better your supply will be.

  • B
    Oct 28

    I pumped one side in the morning when I woke, and then fed baby on the other. I was producing enough for a full bottle on one side. Then pumped 2-3 times per day to get enough for the next day. Sometimes had to add an evening pump after baby went to bed if I only pumped twice. All depends on your production and how long you have to pump.

  • Keta
    Oct 28

    I returned to work 3 weeks ago and had the same concern. I pump every 3 hours for 15 minutes. That gives me 3 sessions during my workday. I also pump overnight since my 4 MO sleeps all night and I wake up feeling like I'm about to explode. That gives me enough to send bottles to daycare and continue building my stash. Prepare yourself for the reality that you'll likely pump a smaller amount than you produce when nursing. Skin to skin contact sends a signal to your brain that allows your body to produce all the milk baby wants when latched. For this reason, nursing whenever you aren't at work is helpful in maintaining your supply. I nurse in the evening, before dropping my LO to daycare in the morning, and all weekend. Also, drink tons of water (even while pumping) and look at pics of your baby while pumping. It makes a difference.

  • Sara
    Oct 29

    The quick summary if you should replace when you normally feed your baby with a pumping session. So if you'd normally feed your baby about every 3 hours, then you should pump every 3 hours when you're at work. The length of time you pump for should be about as long as you would feed on one side (assuming you're using a double electric pump). It might be 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes. You will get into a rhythm and figure out what works for you. You will likely produce enough to feed your baby for the next day but not all bodies respond the same to the pump. I know for me, my baby is much more efficient at getting milk out than the pump is so I don't produce quite enough for my baby the next day (so I supplement with formula or sometimes I have a small stash of frozen milk from other times I'm able to pump). I highly recommend investing in a good pump and lots of extra pump parts. Do a trial run before you go back to work at home to make sure you are comfortable using the pump. Good luck!

  • Myrtle
    Oct 30

    I’ll pumped every 2 to 3 hours at work depending on how often my little one was eating. Around seven months my supply fell off and had to work hard to get it back up. I generally still did not pump as much is my baby is eating while I was gone. Luckily I had save that extra milk in the freezer so we always had enough.I think everyone is different and it’s hard to predict how your body will react to being away from baby