One of the most common questions for parents who pump their breast milk is how often they should be pumping. According to Jenelle Ferry, M.D., a neonatologist and director of feeding, nutrition, and infant development at Pediatrix Neonatology of Florida, this depends somewhat on the circumstances of why you are pumping. “If you are pumping exclusively, you should essentially be pumping as frequently as your infant eats,” said Dr. Ferry. “This means every two to three hours in the newborn period, and after the first month every three to four hours.” You’ll also need to pump as long as your baby requires nighttime feeds, which will usually be through the first four to six months, she added.
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