FAQ-03: Is my production normal?
Just wanted to add that many of us were scared in the very early days of pumping when our output was very low.
Laura. . .proud mommy to Cole, Benjamin, and Sierra
Good point about it taking awhile to build up a supply!
I just wanted to say that my supply also increased a huge amount since I started pumping. It's really important not to get too caught up in what your numbers are in the beginning, because lots of times it increases by a lot as you maintain a regular pumping schedule in the first few weeks.
According to our board survey... "Average Production" is as follows:
At 4 weeks
The mean production is 25oz, although this is skewed by some HVPs - the modal group is 15-20 oz and nearly half of us are producing less than 20oz at 4 weeks.At 8 weeksThe mean production is 32oz, but the distribution is fairly even around the mean - a quarter of us are producing less than 20oz at this point and another quarter are producing more than 45oz!At 12 weeks
The mean production is 36oz, and again this is very evenly distributed, with the middle 50% of the data ranging from 25 - 45ozAt 16 weeks
The mean production is 38oz and it's still very evenly distributedAt 20 weeks
Mean production is 37oz, and the modal group is 30-35ozAt 6 months
Mean production is 33oz and the modal group is 25 - 30oz.At 9 months
Mean production is 30ozAt 12 months
Mean production is 25oz
As you would expect, the majority of us are Average Volume Producers (Produce what your baby needs, maybe with a small surplus) - 44%. 18% of us are Low Volume Producers (Produce less than your baby needs) and 38% are High Volume Producer (Produce a lot more than your baby needs)