Anybody EP for somebody else's baby?
My situation is: I'm nursing an almost 2yo right now (been nursing for almost 8 years straight) and my niece asked if I'd be willing to pump for maybe the first week or so for the adopted baby who will be born this weekend. His mother smoked during pregnancy, and the ultrasounds show that he's smaller than he's "supposed" to be, so it would be very important that he get as much breast milk as possible. I'm determined to get him a week of exclusive bm, plus as long exclusive as I can. If she has to supplement formula, she's okay with that, so there's really no pressure. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to help a new baby get a healthy start in life.
I don't have long to get my supply built back up (my toddler recently slowed way down on nursing) so I'm getting some fenugreek, I've got my raw oat granola, and I'm prepared for pumping to become my life for the next few weeks. Anybody think it'll work? I've never pumped before these last few days, so I was unprepared how *little* milk comes out. But I've already seen a significant increase in the last 24 hours (but that's not saying much, starting from nothing).
How often should I be pumping? How much (in general) will a newborn baby be eating at a sitting? I'm planning to put small amounts in the bm storage bags at first, to minimize waste, so...4 oz? Any pumping "tricks of the trade" to help move the process along faster?