feeling stressed about supply
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|Wed, 04-06-2005 - 10:13pm|
A couple of weeks ago I dropped to 3 pumps per day...it is really all that I can handle with my job. I have to say that it is for the best, I am so much happier. But, I am starting to stress about my supply. I am keeping up with Jillian's needs still, but a lot of my friends who have breastfed are trying to convince me that I am going to "dry up" by only pumping that often. I did see a decline in my supply, but like I said, I am still making enough. I guess I am just looking for some support from people who only pump a few times per day.
My current stats: Jillian is 14 weeks, and I pump about 28 oz per day with 3 total pumps. I use a PIS and today I "upgraded" to larger breastshields. I do see more sprays and they are more comfortable, so we'll see how it goes! Did anyone see an increase in milk when they got bigger shields? I guess I am sort of hoping I will.
Also, as Jillian gets older, can I expect her to drink more milk, or stay about the same since she will also start getting cereal, etc. soon? I am sure this has been answered before, but I am just a stress ball right now and can't think straight to remember.
Lastly, all of the sudden I am really self-conscious about pumping. I don't know why, but I feel like I need to be covered up. The only other person in my house is my husband, and even around him I am feeling awkward about pumping. It's like when I am sitting there i feel really fat and kind of like a cow. Has anyone else gone through this? Like I said, I am just stressed for some reason. Thanks for listening!!!!!!
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