Pumping Breastmilk

  • My son is nine months old and I am still breastfeeding and working.  Now that he is older and is on solid food he only nurses 4-5 times a day every 4-6 hours.  Do I still need to be pumping every 2-3 hours when I am away from him or can I just pump when he would normally eat?

  • Congrats on breastfeeding for so long! As long as you have a good milk supply, you should be able to decrease the frequency of your pumping sessions. You can always add back if you start to not have enough milk.

  • I agree with BabyNurse3.  You should try cutting out the extra pumping session, especially if it is only occasionally.  My son nursed four times a day from 12 months until almost 16 months - then he quit cold turkey.  I pumped three times the next 2 days, then once the next three days, and then I was all dried up.  So it is important to keep up the nursing or you may dry up rather quickly.

  • I too agree with the PP that you could decrease your pumping.  Keep an eye on it and if it appears that your supply is dipping then crank up the number of pumping sessions.