1. When should I start to pump out milk?
I am going back to work on 1st dec. dear son is now 11 week.this reAlly makes me think for so long. 2weeks before or one month before?
you can and should start now. this will help build up extra supply. when you return to work, you won't be able to pump as frequently as your baby would be latching on and supply will drop. also, pumping now means you will be able to freeze some ahead of time. you should also start trying your baby on EBM from a bottle and get him used to drinking from one.
2. If one month before, each day pump one time to keep?
Personally, I pump one side as daughter latches on to the other. Alternatively, you can pump after every feed.
3. If 2 weeks before go back, pump after each feeding? ( I tried before to pump after feed, but when dear son wAkes up for milk again, he seems not getting enough from the breast and will frustrates him)
another alternative - which i sometimes did was to pump in between feeds. again, this is to bring up the supply
4. Stop direct latch on for the last 2 weeks and pump and bottle feed during the day?
not necessary to not latch on at all. in fact, the stimulation from the baby latching on is better than using the pump. Use of pump before you return to work is to get your body used to the pump and also to keep up supply
5. When bottle feed baby, when should we take out the milk to warm? Warm when the time is about for next feed or when baby start showing nursing cue? As my pigeon warmer takes 17 mins to warm milk, if I wait when baby cry then warm, he just can wait that long. But if I warm before he wakes up, I might afraid the milk stay too long at warmer and turn bad... Really confusing..
thaw the milk in the fridge. you will be able to keep it there for 24 hours. 17mins is very long... if the milk is thawed, all it takes is under 5 mins for me to warm up the milk if i stand it in a warm bath. dont't do it only when baby is fretful. watch the clock and observe your baby. if he starts to look a little restless, it's about time to warm the milk up
I really do not like the sensation of pumping. It makes me feel like I am some sort of milk dispenser. Now since I am at home so I solely latch on. But I know if I want to bf longer, I will need to pump out eventually.
oh well, it's all part of working mom's day and night routine to be hooked up to the pump and there'll be some colleagues who'll call you all sorts of names. with my first kid, i used to take offense. with the 2nd kid, i've learnt to just take it easy and joke along... they mean no harm so never mind ... take your mind off what the pump is doing. i will usually bring something in to read - or even my laptop to check emails as i pump... haha!
Hope workin mum can share your experience, how your schedule or routine is for day time pumpin, night time latch on.
i used to pump once about midnight, then about 3-4am, 7.30am, lunch time and last round about 3-4pm. i will pick my daughter up about 7pm and latch her on. she'll wake up for a feed about midnight or just before that, and then 3-4am. these days, she's a little more fussy. she'll feed just after midnight and then again about 5am before i get up for work. she'll be 9 months soon so i hope to cut the no. of pumping sessions at work from 3 to 2! although it's tricky because my son's still one EBM twice a day which is also actually why i work my pumps so hard (yes, i decided to get two - one for work and one for home!)... haha!
Thank you in advance.
keep going and all the best enjoy the precious years/months of breastfeeding. you'll never regret staying committed to it