How Long Do You Pump For

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chrissi79 - February 23

Just curious about how long you pump for? Should I be pumping until the flow stops? Right now I'm pumping about 3ozs. all together each time, but how long should it take to finish pumping?

 

Tammy276 - February 23

it is different for everyone. when I pumped with my son, I pumped until the flow stopped.

 

tryingx3 - February 24

I read somewhere that you should pump for 5 mins after the flow stops (to maintain supply) and a minimum of 15 minutes. I pump for aoubt 15 minutes 2x a day...get about 12 oz. We are at 5mo.

 

tryingx3 - February 24

12oz for the day...

 

spamanda - February 26

I pump twice a day, too. I get about 10-12 oz. total for the day when I pump. Sometimes I have to pump a third time to get enough for the next day's feedings. My son is 5 mos. too. When he was younger, I made less milk.... it really depends on how old the babe is, and how often you are pumping. Good luck!

 

Brenda M - February 26

My little guy is 7 1/2 months old and I b___stfeed exclusively (no formula, but he is eating baby food). I pump twice during the day at work. Each time, I do about five minutes on each side, and get 3-4 ounces total. I used to come home with (2) 4-oz bottles, but I think my supply is slowing down now because he's eating the baby food.

 

mamagoose - February 27

For me, I usually pump 4 oz as a supplementary bottle for evening when supply is low. The time it takes depends on what time of day it is... I pump 4 oz in under 10 minutes in early afternoon, but it might take me 20+ minutes to get that much if I pump in the evening. (ds is 18 days old, so I don't have to pump big quant_ties yet)

 

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