It’s no doubt that breast milk is the most nutritious food choice for your baby. But some situations might make you opt for exclusive pumping. For an instant, you might be not in a position to breastfeed due to cracked nipples or the baby cannot latch properly. Exclusive pumping is still an excellent way to give your baby breast milk without latching.
Exclusive breastfeeding, also known as EPing is the process of expressing breast milk either by a breast pump or by hand. The sessions occur at systematic times throughout the day. the baby can take milk by a bottle or through tube feeding.
However, exclusive pumping is not an easy task. It requires skills. It also exhausts and takes lots of time.
Reasons for Pumping Exclusively
- You’re going to school or need to return to work soonest
- The baby has difficulty latching
- You have triplets, twins, or more
- The child is premature and is in NICU
- Your nipples are cracked
- You might decide not to breastfeed the baby directly
The Number of Times You Need to Pump in a Day
The number of times you need to pump milk depends on how much your baby is feeding and also the age. On average, a baby can consume a bottle of milk in about two to three hours. So, for the first few weeks, you should pump after every two to three hours. This translate that you need to pump breast milk 8 to 12 times per day.
As the toddler gets older, the milk demand will increase, tasking you to stimulate more milk supply. The baby will tend to take more milk per feeding but fewer times in a day. You will increase the time for pumping.
For the first few months, you will pump for about 8 to 12 times a day with each session taking about 15 minutes. Do not go longer than 20 minutes per pumping session.
The Amount of Milk You Should Pump
After the baby is born, you will need 24 ounces per day. Double the amount of has twins. After a month, you will need about 24 to 32 ounces in 24 hours. By the time your child hits six months, you’ll need approximately 36 to 48 ounces per day. You should also note that, when using a bottle, it’s possible to overfeed the baby. You should, therefore, check what the baby needs in a day.
Benefits of Exclusive Pumping
- Shared Feeding Responsibilities – When pumping, it becomes a lot easier to split caregiving duties. When a mother is breastfeeding she becomes the only person responsible for feeding the baby. But pumping gives the other spouse a chance to feed the child.
- When pumping, you will be able to address the supply issue. Of the breast milk supply decreases, you will work on it to boost the supply like taking lots of fluids.
- Control over timing
- More breaks
Exclusive pumping can be demanding and exhausting. It’s therefore recommended to take care of yourself, and if possible, get help from friends and family.