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When should I start pumping and storing milk in preparation for going back to work?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: After 2-3 weeks

The first 2-3 weeks after delivery are very hectic.
After that, any extra pumped milk can be bagged and stored in a deep freezer for several months. A baggie of milk can be stored in a regular freezer (of a refrigerator) for up to 1 month.

In brief: After 2-3 weeks

The first 2-3 weeks after delivery are very hectic.
After that, any extra pumped milk can be bagged and stored in a deep freezer for several months. A baggie of milk can be stored in a regular freezer (of a refrigerator) for up to 1 month.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

If you are going back to work at 6 or 8 weeks, you need to store up some milk early.
Start pumping and storing by a month. If you have a longer time before you go back, you can wait to store until a month or two before going back. But you will likely be pumping before that in order to give the baby breastmilk in a bottle, an important skill for baby to develop prior to your return to work!

In brief: Depends

If you are going back to work at 6 or 8 weeks, you need to store up some milk early.
Start pumping and storing by a month. If you have a longer time before you go back, you can wait to store until a month or two before going back. But you will likely be pumping before that in order to give the baby breastmilk in a bottle, an important skill for baby to develop prior to your return to work!
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Dr. Janesta Noland
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