When Should You Start Pumping Breast Milk For Baby?

After giving birth, you probably have approximately 3,628 questions. If you’re breastfeeding, you might have even more questions. You might be wondering when to start pumping milk after birth.

What I want you to know is that if you just gave birth, RELAX about the pumping (unless absolutely necessary).

It appears that some women do pump before the baby is born and do not have any issues. However, breast stimulation can induce labor, and if you are preterm, anything that could potentially induce labor should be strongly avoided.

Pumping is time-consuming, and in the first few weeks, you should be focused solely on you and your baby. You need all of the rest that you can get.

When Is It Too Early To Pump Breast Milk?

If you really want to start saving up some milk in the early days before your baby turns four weeks old, you need the Haakaa.

How To Collect Milk In The First Four Weeks

The Haakaa is a silicone breast pump that you attach to your other breast when your baby is nursing. It is an effective way to collect the milk from your letdowns.

You will wait until about 2-3 weeks before returning to work to start pumping. Example: If you are going back to work at 6 weeks, don’t start pumping until 4 weeks.

When Should I Start Pumping To Build A Stash?

My best advice in this situation is to buy a Haakaa. A Haakaa is an awesome manual pump that allows you to catch milk from one breast while baby nurses from the other (you won’t actually be “pumping”).

What if I am going back to work before 6 weeks?

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