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Mastering Exclusive Pumping Schedules: A Guide for New Moms

If you’ve decided that exclusive pumping is the best choice for you and your baby, you're not alone. 

Many moms find that exclusive pumping offers flexibility, convenience, and a great way to ensure their babies get breast milk even if breastfeeding directly isn’t an option. 

At CaboCréme, we’re here to support you with helpful tips and soothing relief from engorgement to make your pumping experience smoother. 

Here’s a guide to help you navigate exclusive pumping schedules with confidence and ease.

What is Exclusive Pumping?

Exclusive pumping (EP) involves extracting milk using a breast pump and feeding it to your baby via a bottle. It’s a solution for moms who may face challenges with breastfeeding, are returning to work, or simply prefer this method. It’s also a good way to let other people help feed and nurture the baby. 

It allows your baby to receive the benefits of breast milk while giving you flexibility in your schedule.

Why Create a Breast Pumping Schedule?

Establishing a consistent pumping schedule is crucial for maintaining ample milk supply and ensuring your baby gets enough nourishment. It mimics the natural feeding pattern of a breastfeeding baby, which signals your body to produce the right amount of milk. 

Ideally, you want to be producing more than your baby is consuming so that you can store the excess milk in the freezer for later. This can help make exclusive pumping more sustainable. 

Crafting Your Exclusive Pumping Schedule

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a schedule that works for you and your baby:

1. Start Early and Pump Often

In the first few weeks postpartum, your milk supply is being established. Aim to pump every 2-3 hours, including at night, for about 15-20 minutes per session. This typically results in 8-12 pumping sessions a day. Think of this as your baby’s demand—frequent pumping encourages your body to produce more milk.

Example Schedule:

  • 6 AM
  • 9 AM
  • 12 PM
  • 3 PM
  • 6 PM
  • 9 PM
  • 12 AM
  • 3 AM
2. Gradually Reduce Night Sessions

As your milk supply stabilizes, you can slowly start reducing night pumping sessions. 

Begin by lengthening the intervals between nighttime pumps while ensuring that daytime pumps remain frequent. Always listen to your body and monitor your milk supply; some moms can drop a night pump earlier, while others need more time. CaboCréme can help reduce engorgement and discomfort when a nighttime pumping session is dropped. Apply it after the midnight pumping session. 

Example Adjusted Schedule:

  • 6 AM
  • 9 AM
  • 12 PM
  • 3 PM
  • 6 PM
  • 9 PM
  • 12 AM
3. Be Flexible and Adapt

Life with a newborn can be unpredictable. Adjust your pumping schedule as needed to fit your lifestyle. If you miss a session, don’t panic—just pump as soon as possible. Consistency is key, but occasional deviations won’t ruin your supply.

4. Incorporate Power Pumping

If you’re looking to increase your milk supply, try power pumping. This mimics cluster feeding and can boost production. For an hour each day, pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, and pump for another 10.

Power Pumping Routine:

  • Pump: 20 minutes
  • Rest: 10 minutes
  • Pump: 10 minutes
  • Rest: 10 minutes
  • Pump: 10 minutes
5. Manage Breast Engorgement and Comfort

Exclusively pumping can sometimes lead to engorgement. Using a soothing product like CaboCréme can help relieve discomfort and prevent blocked or clogged ducts. Apply CaboCréme as directed to reduce swelling and make your pumping sessions more comfortable.

6. Maintain Cleanliness and Storage

Always sterilize pump parts and bottles after each use to ensure your baby’s milk is safe. Store expressed milk in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze it for longer storage. Label bottles with the date and use the oldest milk first.

7. Seek Support and Connect with Other EP Moms

Joining online groups or local support groups can provide valuable tips and emotional support. Sharing experiences and challenges with other exclusive pumping moms can be empowering and reassuring.

Embrace Your Journey

Exclusive pumping is a commendable commitment that provides your baby with the nourishment they need while offering flexibility for you. 

Remember, every mom’s journey is unique—what works for one might not work for all. Adjust your schedule as necessary, and take advantage of tools like CaboCréme to alleviate engorgement and enhance your pumping experience.

At CaboCréme, we’re dedicated to supporting you through every stage of your breastfeeding journey. By establishing a consistent pumping schedule and taking care of your comfort, you can provide your baby with the best start in life. You’ve got this, Mama!