Here are some of the most popular questions we’ve received from breast pumping moms:

When and how often should I pump?

There are some general parameters when discussing when and how often a mother should pump as all mothers aren’t the same and certainly every baby is different. That said, If you are primarily breastfeeding and want to pump to increase your supply, or store milk for your baby, pump first thing in the morning when your milk supply is the greatest. Be sure to completely drain both breasts. Fully draining both breasts will increase your Prolactin – the milk-producing hormone.

If you’re goal is to increase your supply, pump 1 to 2 times per day. Pump at least an hour breastfeeding or 30-60 minutes after. If your baby wants to breastfeed right after a pumping, go ahead. Some babies are patient and will just feed longer to get the milk they need.

My baby doesn’t breastfeed but I still want him to have breast milk. How often should I pump?

If you are pumping for a baby who is not primarily breastfeeding, plan to pump for every feeding session. Plan to pump 8 to 10 times each day.

How much milk can I expect to produce?

Full milk production is 25 to 35 oz. (750-1,035 ml) per day. Once mothers have reached full milk production, most mothers can maintain their milk supply by pumping 6 to 7 times per day. On average, it takes 2 to 4 weeks to reach full milk production.

How much is my baby consuming during an average feeding?

Baby’s Age Average Feeding
First Week (After Day 4) 1-2 oz. (30-60 mL)
1 to 3 Weeks 2-3 oz. (60-90 mL)
1 to 6 Months 3-5 oz. (90-150 mL)

Your body is MIRACULOUS! Your baby is growing each and every day, but your body naturally produces the right amount of breast milk that your baby needs. YOU GO GIRL!

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