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How do you fit in pumping with a newborn's nursing schedule?
I’d like to try to start pumping, but with my 10 week old baby, it seems like I don’t have enough time? I’m scared I will be pumping when he wakes up and I won’t have enough milk to feed him.

QC: Nursing your baby and finding the time to pump is something that comes up a lot on my practice. I usually suggest pumping in the morning after the baby nurses because you tend to have the most milk at that time of day. It may take a few pumping sessions or just one to get enough for a bottle. It really varies a great deal from woman to woman. I suggest doing it within 30 minutes of when you finished nursing so it’s not too close to your next nursing session. I also suggest pumping before you go to your bed once your baby is sleeping longer stretches at night. These are good ways to create a little stash for going back to work or a date night.