Q: Should I pump to increase my milk supply?
A: If your newborn has at least three yellow stools and six wet diapers a day and is gaining weight properly (1 ounce per day until about 3 months of age), chances are you're producing enough milk and don't need to pump. In fact, pumping when you have an adequate milk supply can be detrimental, says Corky Harvey, M.S., R.N., a certified lactation consultant and co-owner of The Pump Station in Santa Monica and Hollywood, Calif. Heres why: If you produce so much that your baby doesn't take it all in a feeding, the unreleased milk can lead to clogged ducts or mastitis. Plus, Harvey says, you don't need to add the extra work of pumping to your already full day. As for your baby wanting to feed often: Its perfectly normal and necessary for newborns to nurse virtually around the clock. Expect your baby to nurse eight to 12 times in 24 hours, Harvey says.For more information on milk supply and other topics related to nursing, visit pumpstation.com and click on Breastfeeding Information.