FAQ-03: Is my production normal? How...

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Wed, 11-28-2007 - 10:15am

FAQ-03: Is my production normal?

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Registered: 09-04-2007
Sat, 12-01-2007 - 10:41pm

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

 

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Registered: 11-07-2006
Sat, 12-01-2007 - 10:52pm
Just want to second the wide variation. There will also be variation based on how far post partum you are. I considered myself average. I began Eping at about 6 weeks, getting about 26 ozs. I pumped 11-13x/day for 10 days and reached about 33 ozs, and my supply con't to go up until I reached my max of 35-36 oz at 3.5-4 mos pp with 5 pumps/day.

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Registered: 10-27-2005
Mon, 12-03-2007 - 11:40am

Laura -


Good point about it taking awhile to build up a supply!

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Fri, 12-21-2007 - 8:00pm
I also want to add that the amount you pump may be just what your baby needs. I tend to pump between 24-26 oz a day. It doesn't leave me much cushion, but it always seems to work out that the baby has what she needs. I think that it is normal to freak out that the baby isn't getting enough if you only pump 24 oz. But I'll tell you my 3 girls have become big and fat on about 24 oz per day.
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Registered: 10-27-2005
Thu, 01-17-2008 - 1:56pm
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Registered: 12-15-2007
Fri, 01-18-2008 - 11:50am
I also wanted to add, just because you didn't make much BM with your first child, doesn't mean that you won't be able to produce with your next pregancy.

Jonas Sig

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Registered: 01-23-2006
Wed, 01-23-2008 - 1:06pm
I just wanted to add that "normal" production can also mean that one side produces very different amounts from the other.
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Wed, 01-23-2008 - 9:40pm

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.

Take care,
El








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Mon, 09-29-2008 - 2:00am

According to our board survey... "Average Production" is as follows:

At 4 weeks
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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 weeks
The 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 - 45oz
At 16 weeks


The mean production is 38oz and it's still very evenly distributed
At 20 weeks


Mean production is 37oz, and the modal group is 30-35oz
At 6 months

Mean production is 33oz and the modal group is 25 - 30oz.
At 9 months


Mean production is 30oz
At 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)


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Registered: 06-20-2007
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:29am
Bump.