I've received a lot of questions about pumping for twins and going back to work. I have no idea if my advice is twins-specific or if it can apply to everyone, I guess take what you can out of it if you're a mom to a singleton?
We got a pump for free through our insurance, you should check and see if yours does the same. I didn't become serious about pumping until about a month before I went back to work. Mistake!
|After an early morning feeding session|
I didn't feel like I had nearly enough milk stocked to be comfortable with them being bottle fed more than twice a day and only on weekdays. I couldn't even spare some for weekends.
When I went back to work, My schedule looked like this:
5:30am - Breastfeed
8:30am - Breastfeed
11:30am - Pump (This is the same time the Bambinos were feeding)
2:00pm - Pump (Same time as a feeding)
5:00pm - Breastfeed
8:00pm - Breastfeed
9:30pm - Pump
This pretty much only gave me enough milk for the next day and the only reason I had some to freeze was because, on the weekends, I would still pump at night and also at 5:30am when the Bambinos started sleeping through that feed.
The weekends saved me. The Bambinos were breastfed all day so any pumping I did was "spare." I never felt like I had enough backstock. If I were to do it all again, I would start pumping and freezing from the very beginning.
When going back to work, my biggest tip would be to try and stay on your child's schedule. Your body gets used to needing to produce milk at a certain time and I definitely noticed a difference in supply when I messed with the schedule - pumping or breastfeeding. I can't tell you how many times a 10:30am meeting ran long and my boobs were rock-hard as I rushed to the spare office I used to pump.
Now I have a question for singleton moms: how do you pump? I mean, I know how, but you can't pump while you're feeding on one side because the pump needs two boobs to suction. Would you pump early in the morning and late at night so that you could freeze some?
I never had to worry about switching boobs and all that, so the logistics of feeding or pumping for one are completely foreign to me.