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Here is my exclusively pumping schedule. Not everyday is the same, but generally this is what I follow:
3am: Pump for 15 minutes, about 7oz total.
7am: Pump for 20 minutes, about 10oz total, sometimes more. (This is when I produce the most milk!)
11am: Pump for 15 minutes, about 6oz total.
4pm: Pump for 15 minutes, about 6 oz total.
10pm: Pump for 15 minutes, about 6 oz total.
With this schedule I get about 35oz total in a 24 hour period, this leaves me with about 10oz that I can freeze. If I have a busy day I may pump in the car or only pump 4 times that day. I never drop below 3 pumping sessions!! When Nova goes through a growth spurt I sometimes go back to pumping every 3 hours in order to give her enough milk. Its all about supply and demand!
Keep in mind my baby is 4 months old and I was lucky enough to have a milk supply that is not effected much by dropping pumping sessions. When she was a newborn though I was pumping every single time she ate. Whether that was every 3 hours, or every 1 hour that she was cluster feeding. It was a pain but paid off in the long run in helping me establish my supply.