When to Start Pumping Breast Milk

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After a woman delivers a baby, she can start pumping breast milk immediately, but the milk usually comes two to four days after the delivery. Find out why more breastfeeding will stimulate the production of more milk with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and breast milk.

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I'm Josie Minks and I'm in a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm here to talk about when to start pumping breast milk. And, really, after you deliver the baby, you can start pumping immediately. When you, when you either breastfeed or pump, it stimulates a hormone called oxytocin that creates more colostrum and more breast milk and so the more that you pump, or the more that you breastfeed, the more milk that you'll produce and your milk will come in about two to four days, after you deliver the baby, assuming that you're, that you're pumping or or breastfeeding every three to four hours, and then a lot of women like to start breast pumping before they go to work. And so it's recommended that you start breast pumping about three weeks before you decide to go back to work so that you can store up in your freezer some reserves of breast milk. And then, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to feed the baby a bottle. You can use S & S which is supplemental nursing system which is like a little tube that that has the milk flow in through it that attaches to your breast and so it's the breast milk that you've already pumped, but it's just not coming through your actual breast. It's coming through a tube into the baby's mouth as he or she is sucking. And that is when you can start pumping breast milk.

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