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How many ounces/hour can you pump?

post #1 of 33
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I'm working on something... humour me.

How many ounces of milk can you pump, in what amount of time? (this is not a contest )

I just want to get an idea of how many ounces you can get at a pump session, and how long it takes to pump it. I'll average the results.

(I'm basically talking about people with good supply that pump for work or whatever, not people struggling with supply, or trying to build up their supply)

Janice
post #2 of 33
When I was pumping I could get about 12 oz from both breasts in 15ish minutes.
post #3 of 33
It really depends for me. Some days I'll only pump 2-3 oz TOTAL (not from each breast) in twenty-five minutes. Other days, I'll pump 14 - 16 oz in 15 minutes. On other days still, I've been known to overflow my bottles in no time--which is always embarassing. I hate coming out of my pump room with big wet spots on my clothing. I think an average for me is about 12 oz in 15-20 mins.
post #4 of 33
I have an established supply but the most I was ever able to pump was 6 oz in about 20 minutes...Mostly I can only get 2-3 oz in a 20 minute session.

I've always been that way. Pumping doesn't work out so well with me
post #5 of 33
I get on average about 12oz in 10 minutes or so, from both breasts.

There was one great day in the past where I got 10oz from ONE side in like 5 minutes... that never happened again though.
post #6 of 33
Well at the peak of my nursing relationship with my DD, I didn't swap sides during the night, just popped one nip in her mouth and went off to la la land. Woke up one side engorged, and every morning I was able to pump between 16-18 oz off that breast while DD nursed the other side,
post #7 of 33
well, I am an example of how you can't measure your output by pumping.

Even though I am tandem nursing my kids, and my 7 month old, who is still ebf because his gag reflex is still too strong, is over 21 lbs, I can only pump maybe 2 oz per breast in an hour.

And I have been pumping on and off for over two years.

I have a Medela PIS too.

Siobhan
- I hate pumping
post #8 of 33
oh yeah, I was only using an Avent Isis too..

:

Yes I plan on pumping with this next one too even though I'll be a SAHM.

What if I gotta go to the hospital and am unavailable right? We also might want to go out for an evening without the kids.

Go ahead and flame me. I believe a good freezer stash is an invaluable thing, even for SAHM's because one never knows when an emergency might come up.
post #9 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pandora114

Go ahead and flame me. I believe a good freezer stash is an invaluable thing, even for SAHM's because one never knows when an emergency might come up.
No flames here - instead this plan sounds really responsible and reasonable. I wish I could pump more per session to have a reasonable stash.

Reminds me of that very sad episode of ER when Carrie's partner (the fire fighter) and mama to their baby, quipped, as she was going into surgery (from which she never woke up), "good thing I pumped this morning!"

That scene stuck with me. If, God forbid, I am killed in a car accident or some such, it does reassure me for some reason that my baby will get a final few ounces of bm from me.

Siobhan
post #10 of 33
I EP so I am very used to the pump. (medela lactina select) I pump every 2 hours around the clock and get 5-7 ounces each pump session. Each session lasts about 20 minutes. I get a total of around 70 oz a day.
post #11 of 33
6oz per breast in about 30 minutes. so 12oz/30minutes total.
post #12 of 33
I don't pump for work, but when I pump for the odd bottle I can get 5ozs in about 5mins from the left breast if I catch the letdown on that side. On the right I can get about 3ozs in about 5 mins. After that I don't get quite so much. If I pump for 20 more minutes I probably only get about 1 more oz. So in 30mins I can get around 10ozs with my Avent Isis manual pump.
post #13 of 33
At the peak of my supply (I was EPing) I pumped about 40 oz a day at about 10 sessions. I could get as much as 10 ounces a session at night and in the early morning, but it would dwindle to as little as an ounce and a half in the early evenings. I was using a rented electric at home and an Isis while out.

Edited to add: I pumped for long sessions, because I was EPing and needed to keep stimulating supply. This meant half-hour pumping sessions sometimes.
post #14 of 33
i don't pump but if I did, judging by DS's gulps and chokeing cause it pour out ALOT.
post #15 of 33
Hmmm, I'm interpretting your question differently than most of the other respondants:

In an 8 hour work day, I pump twice getting 12-14 ounces (averaging ~1.5-1.75 oz/hour) for a total pumping time of 30 minutes (15 minutes each time).

My son weighs 17 pounds, so he needs about 2.5 oz/pound/day or about 1.8 oz per hour, so I'm not quite keeping up, which explains my Saturday and Sunday pumping sessions.

Double electric pump (Ameda).
post #16 of 33
In my heyday I could pump about 8-10 oz total in about 10 minutes. Occasionally I would pump more than that, and once or twice I got about 9 or 10 ounces from one side. I would always pump about 10 ounces in the morning, 6 ounces at lunch, and about 4 ounces at the end of teh day, for a total of about 20 ounces per day. Not too shabby I think. My DD reverse cycled for two months so I ended up donating 2-300 ounces and used the rest of the milk when I lost mine while I was pregnant. I will pump again this time to build up my freezer stash, even though I may end up being a WAHM and not need ing to pump, but I like the idea of the "just in case" milk because, well, you never know. I told my DH I would prefer him to find human milk to feed out DD if something were to happen to me, and he would need a little time to find a donor, so he'd have to have something on hand to feed the baby until then!
post #17 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacysmommy
In my heyday I could pump about 8-10 oz total in about 10 minutes. Occasionally I would pump more than that, and once or twice I got about 9 or 10 ounces from one side. I would always pump about 10 ounces in the morning, 6 ounces at lunch, and about 4 ounces at the end of teh day, for a total of about 20 ounces per day. Not too shabby I think. My DD reverse cycled for two months so I ended up donating 2-300 ounces and used the rest of the milk when I lost mine while I was pregnant. I will pump again this time to build up my freezer stash, even though I may end up being a WAHM and not need ing to pump, but I like the idea of the "just in case" milk because, well, you never know. I told my DH I would prefer him to find human milk to feed out DD if something were to happen to me, and he would need a little time to find a donor, so he'd have to have something on hand to feed the baby until then!


I generally could only pump 1-2 ounces... my max I ever got was 3 ounces. Time trying ranged from 30 - 60 minutes... tried various times of the day... DD was EBF, so she obviously was getting something.

I never did try hospital grade, but did use a PIS. My sis who works at a hospital tried a hospital grade, and still had problems pumping much.
Obviously kids have a much more efficient latch/suck/something.

Tammy
post #18 of 33
If it's been 3 hours since I last pumped, I can get around 5 oz in 20-30 minutes from one breast. (I'm struggling with supply & take herbal & prescription galatacogogues, so through me out of your #s if you want.)
post #19 of 33
It varied when I was pumping. Two full bottles would have been enormous for me - so that would have been 12 ounces. I think that only happened a few times. On the other hand it was usually more than 3 ounces. I'd say maybe between 5-8 oz. Took me about 20 minutes, including set-up and clean-up. I didn't always wash the horns.

My best advice to pumping women is not to measure your self-worth "good momminess" by what drops out of the horns into those little bottles. It's like stepping on the scale every day. Just trust that your baby will get enough milk. Whatever they don't get in the day from pumping, they will make-up for it at night through night-nursing. In the end, I tried NOT TO KNOW how much I was pumping. I figured if I wasn't pumping it, I wouldn't know anyway!
post #20 of 33
I'm an EPer.

first thing in the morning I usually get 13 oz.

for the rest of the day I get 4.5 oz every 3 hrs, takes 20 minutes plus hand expression at the end.
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