Pumping Double What I Need to Send to Daycare

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Registered: 11-20-2000
Pumping Double What I Need to Send to Daycare
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Mon, 10-29-2012 - 10:01pm

 I'm bringing home approximately 18 oz of pumped milk each day after work. I pump three times a day (10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 4 PM). I send my 3 month old baby to daycare with three 3oz bottles (He eats at approximately the same times I'm pumping).  

Soooooo milk is taking over my freezer!!! Since I have to freeze half of what I'm pumping. 

Do you think it would be safe for me to cut down my pumping to two times a day - mid morning and again mid afternoon? Or would this wreak major havoc on my supply for those days I'm home all day with baby. 

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!!

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Wed, 10-31-2012 - 1:38pm

Great work mama!!!  I wouldn't cut back just yet, but that is just MHO.  You are relatively early in your BF'ing relationship with your LO, and your supply probably has not regulated yet.  I was like you and pumped a LOT of excess when I first returned to work.  My supply regulated around 5.5 months (commonly between 4-6 months).  I was just breaking even at that point or even drawing on my freezer stash a little.  If I had dropped a pump early, I would have come up short in months 6-8 when my DS was still EBF.

Also, feel free to come on over to visit the Working and Pumping board any time!!  There are lots of moms there who have been through this process and they have great ideas to share.

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Thu, 11-01-2012 - 8:53pm

 

Hi Megan and welcome. Boy this is a tough question. I’m really torn about my answer. Many moms find that as their LO gets older it becomes more and more challenging to keep up with the pump volumes. So although I understand the storage issue it’s hard not to address the possibility of needing the extra milk later. Of course it’s impossible to predict the future of anyone’s milk supply. However, I do think double the amount of the baby’s daily need is probably way over the top and likely you can cut down a bit. Have I confused you yet?.........lol I think I confused myself. I guess there is really not a good answer for this question, just make your decision based on knowing that many moms struggle with the pump volumes later.

You are doing a great job pumping and your sitter is doing a good job giving your baby an appropriate amount.

We usually recommend that babies drink about an ounce per hour, meaning if it’s been 2 hours since the last feeding we’d expect the baby to take about 2oz if it’s three hours about 3oz. Believe it or not this amount is appropriate until your baby is about 6 months of age. Be sure your baby drinks the bottles slowly too.

Sorry I can’t give a more definitive answer.

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte    

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Registered: 11-20-2000
Tue, 11-06-2012 - 9:18pm

Thank you both for your responses! It took me some time to get back to the board recently as we just went through some colds and work has been very hectic. I've continued to pump 3 times a day and actually the last few days my supply has been a little lower with just about 4 oz extra than the daily amount I send to daycare with baby. So it may be leveling out. 

I think I'm just going to continue pumping 3 times a day and see how it goes. We may need to invest in a deep freezer for a Christmas gift. Ha! :) We'll probably need it in the future anyways with being a family of two boys.. I'm sure we'll need to stock up on frozen pizzas and hot pockets for two boys as they get older. :)

And Kathy - No, you did not confuse me! I understand what you are saying. 

It's interesting being back at this pumping business again... four years later. I'm trying to remember how it all played out with my first as far as pumping went. I know that I nursed him for 9 months... and had some extra to get through for a few weeks after he weaned.

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Registered: 12-21-2009

Megan, thanks for getting back. 4oz more than the baby needs per day sounds more reasonable. I sometimes say to moms don’t pump enough for the entire day care center………lol.

Ok, now this is silly but your remark about teenaged boys prompts me to give you my btdt advice for mothers of all boys (I have three grown sons). Andy yes a freezer is practically a necessity!

1.    Do NOT buy nice furniture until they are grown and out of the house.

2.   Never put carpet in your bathroom.

3.   Understand that when they wrestle with each other it’s really their way of hugging without actually hugging

4.   Start praying now for good daughter-in-laws (I have the best!)

LOL, enjoy those boys!

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte    

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte

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Registered: 02-13-2013
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 10:45pm

I have done some reading on the matter and cutting down on your breastfeeding can have some pros and cons. Obviously cutting down would make it more conveinient for you. Cons would be that since your body is used to producing so much milk, chances are you will probably be uncomfortable for the first few days, but once your body is used to it, you body will get used the new pumping schedule and everything will be fine. Hope this was helpful.