Helpful Breastfeeding Information

Power Pumping To Increase Milk Supply: 

Add 1 session per day for 2-3 days

Step 1: Pump for 20 min (completely empty breasts)

Step 2: Rest 10 min

Step 3: Pump 10 min (you may not get anything-more for stimulation)

Step 4: Rest 10 min

Step 5: Pump 10 min.  

Medela Storage Guidelines for Freshly Expressed Breastmilk 

Room Temperature (66-78F): 4-5 hours

Cooler w ice packs (at 59F): 24 hours

Refrigerator (at 39F): 3-8 days

Freezer (0-4F): 6-12 months.  

Pumping averages: 

1 day old: approximately 10 mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 50 mls in 24 hours)

3 day old: approximately 30 mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 250 mls in 24 hours)

1 week old: approximately 45 mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 450mls in 24 hours)

2 week old: approximately 60 mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 600mls in 24 hours)

1 month old: approximately 90-120mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 750-900mls in 24 hours)

6 month old: approximately 90-120mls/feeding (daily intake approx. 750-900mls in 24 hours)

How much should my baby be eating: 

Age:                                   How often to Breastfeed:                     How long will baby eat:                        How many ounces/hr:

1 day old                                    every 1-3 hours                                     30-60 minutes                                    Drops of colostrum

2 day old                                    every 1-3 hours                                     30-60 minutes                                    7ml-25ml

3 day old-6 weeks                     every 1-3 hours                                      30-60 minutes                                    1-1.5 oz/hr. 

6wks-3 months                          every 1-3 hours                                      10-30 minutes                                    1-1.5 oz/hr

Expressed Breastmilk bottle feeding needs: 

0-3 weeks: 1-3oz per feeding , 8-12oz. per day  (8-12 feedings/day)

3weeks-3 months: 3-4 oz per feeding, 24-32 oz per day (6-8 feedings/day)

3 months-6 months: 4-8 oz per feeding, 24-32 oz per day (4-6 feedings/day)

6-9 months: 6-8 oz per feeding, 32 oz per day (6 feedings/day)

9-12 months: 7-8 oz per feeding, 32 oz per day (3-5 feedings/day)

12+: typically 4 oz per feeding but varies. 

Why you should put times on your pumped breastmilk:

Breastmilk pumped in early morning is far richer and higher in protein than milk pumped later in the day and at night.

Helpful hint: Used breastmilk pumped from the morning to feed baby at night to help for longer sleep stretches during the night. 

Pumping Schedule for Exclusive Pumpers: 

8 Pumpings per day (First 3 months): 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 12am, 3am

7 Pumpings per day (3-4 months): 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 10pm, 2am

6 Pumpings per day (5-6 months): 7am,10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm, 2am

5 Pumpings per day (7-8 months): 6am, 10am, 2pm, 7pm, 10:30pm

4 Pumpings per day (9 months): 6am, 11am, 4pm, 9pm

3 Pumpings per day (10 months): 6am, 1pm, 9pm

2 Pumpings per day (11 months): 7am, 7pm

1 Pump per day: (12+months): 6am

Breastfeeding Super foods: Top 12 foods to eat while breastfeeding

1. Oatmeal-makes you feel fuller and can increase milk supply. Rich in iron, protein and fiber

2. Eggs- DHA fortified preferred. Hard boiled eggs are an easy snack option.

3. Leafy greens-Kale, spinach and romaine are great options to help you and your baby get vitamin A, iron and calcium daily requirements needed. 

4. Berries- (dried or fresh) blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are full of antioxidants and fiber. Great to add to oatmeal.

5. Coconut oil-Contains lauric acid. Great to use for cooking and baking

6. Almonds-Almonds, almond butter, and almond milk can help with milk production. Also rich in DHA, calcium and magnesium. 

7. Fish-White and non oily fish are high in DHA and protein.  Watch mercury content!

8. Fruit salad

9. Quinoa- gluten free and can increase milk supply.  High in protein, amino acids, phosphorus, and iron. 

10. Avocado-Known as a fruit, high in folic acid, vitamins E & C and has might help with increasing milk supply. 

11. Yogurt- great probiotics for you and baby. Look for yogurt with live and active cultures to help with digestive health for you and baby. 

12. Seeds- Flax seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds. High in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Great to add to yogurt, smoothies, and salads. 

Supplements dosages:

Increase milk supply: 

Fenugreek (580-610mg): 2-4 capsules 3 times per day for total of 6-12 capsules per day. 

Fenugreek (1200-2400mg): 3 times per day 

More Milk Plus by Mother Love: Follow directions on package

Water: Drink plenty to keep hydrated. Dehydration can be noticed in your urine-dark yellow=dehydrated.  Light yellow or clear=hydrated. 

Plugged ducts: 

Lecitihin (1200mg): 1 capsule 3-4 times per day (do not exceed 4800mg/day)


Nursing and pumping schedule to increase milk supply: 

7:20am-nurse then pump

10am-nurse then pump


1:10pm-nurse then pump

4pm- nurse then pump


7:20pm-nurse then pump

8-10pm- baby cluster feeds on and off

10pm-nurse then pump

1am- pump while baby sleeps

4:05am-nurse then pump

Advantages of feeding Breastmilk vs Formula

Breastmilk: Antibodies, hormones, anti-viruses, anti-allergies, anti-parasites, growth factors, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, fat, DHA/ARA, carbohydrates, protein, and water.

Formula: Minerals, vitamins, fat, DHA/ARA, carbohydrates, protein, and water.  

Newborn Stomach size: 

Day 1: Size of a cherry

   5-7ml per feeding

Day 3: Size of a walnut

   22-27ml (.75-1oz) per feeding

One week: Size of an apricot

   45-60ml (1.5-2oz) per feeding

Two Week: Size of a large egg

   80-150ml (2.5-5oz) per feeding

Foods to Increase Breastmilk Supply: 

Almonds, Anise seeds, apricots, asparagus, barley, basil leaves, beet leaves, black sesame seeds, brewers yeast, brown rice, caraway seeds, carrots, chickpea, coriander seeds, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek seeds, garlic, ginger, green papaya, healthy fats, lactation cookies, nuts, oatmeal, poppy seeds, salmon, spinach, sweet potato, and water.