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I know it's a silly question. But I'm going to start expressing my milk, and I find it hard to know when the right time is. I don't want to express and then have her ask for some just when momy finished emptying the girls<br><br>
She goes about 2hrs b/w every meal, she would usually finish both sides. And if she doesn't then she will be hungry in an hour. Sometimes she does wait longer, but then I'm afraid of expressing because she might wake up terribly hungry.<br><br>
So my question is if I express one hour after she has finished eating, and then she wakes up half an hour later, would that be enough time to get more milk?
 

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mine fill up at letdown.<br><br>
I usually pump after work, put the milk away, rinse my parts and bottles and then feed ds a full meal.<br><br>
does that help? maybe 5 minutes? and I get approx 4-5oz each side pumping.
 

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also my boobs don't *fill up* until letdown...which means if he nurses, unlatches then decides half an hour later that he's starving and nurses again, at letdown my boobs are FULL and engorged. its annoying when he does that then stops nursing! I have to pump it off cuz its painful.
 

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Does that mean that I can pump right after feeding her? Or viceversa?<br><br>
I'm still at home but I'll be going to work soon, so I'm pumping to get my ebm storage started
 

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Breasts never really empty of milk. There are some times of the day that you will feel more full than others, especially in the early months.<br><br>
When you go back to work, the amount of milk you are able to pump in place of a baby's feeding is vastly different than what you can pump in between feedings. Your breasts will also tell you when it's time to express at work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Any answer to this question is misleading, IMHO. "Filling up" is irrelevant for breastfeeding, or pumping. Any time you nurse you will get *something* out. Generally, the longer you wait, the more you will get - but if you wait longer between sessions, you will get less overall, because boobs respond to frequency of feeding more than amount drained in one session.<br><br>
So yes, you can pump after nursing. You might not get a letdown for the pump then - that's what I found - but if you wait 20 minutes you'll get a letdown. You probably won't get as much out as if you pumped an hour after nursing.... but just play around with it and see what works for you. It totally depends on how your body responds.
 

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It's much easier to pump first and then nurse. The baby is far more efficient at getting milk out than the pump, so even if you pump and then immediately nurse, baby will still be able to get some milk.<br><br>
The opposite isn't always true for some (Most? Many?) women - nursing first and then pumping usually yields a rather small, discouraging amount of milk.<br><br>
I read somewhere (I think on another message board and from a LLL leader) that it takes most women about 30 minutes to be able to have another fully supplied letdown, but I don't know if that's true.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I read somewhere (I think on another message board and from a LLL leader) that it takes most women about 30 minutes to be able to have another fully supplied letdown, but I don't know if that's true.</div>
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20-30 minutes for me. Depends on how tired I am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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