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How long should you pump?

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For each pumping session, expect to pump each breast for 10 to 15 minutes. The goal is to empty the breast of milk, so the exact time varies depending on a mother's milk production.

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When pumping while working full-time, it is ideal to pump whenever the infant is normally fed. However, this may be impractical for a work schedule. In this case, finding three times throughout the work day should supply enough breast milk to feed a child for the next work day. One can also decrease the time spent pumping by using a device that pumps both breasts at once. A mother who is exclusively pumping and not breastfeeding at all can expect to get ample supply by pumping eight to 10 times a day in the beginning, and then six to seven times per day once full milk production is achieved.

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