Help building up lost milk reserve
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|Wed, 06-15-2011 - 12:17pm|
I have to travel for work and pump while I'm on the road. When I fly home, I put everything in a cooler with adequate ice packs, check the cooler with the airline, and then freeze my milk when I get home so my eight-month-old daughter can have breast milk the next time I travel.
Unfortunately, last weekend United lost my luggage for a few days and a weeks worth of breast milk was spoiled. The way United handled the situation was deplorable, however, that is another topic...
My question is, what can I do to try to increase my milk supply? I had worked over several months when she was first born to build up one week of extra milk. Now that my daughter is older and hungrier, I'm having difficulties gaining ground. I used to be able to pump a quite a bit per session (I'd pump every three hours and get 2-4 oz per breast). I've started pumping at work every 1-2 hours and the amount is discouraging (1 oz per breast). I have a hospital grade pump and just started pumping more frequently (this will be my 3rd day). In the past after 3 days of agressive pumping, I'd usually be at least 5 ounces ahead of my daughter, but this time I'm having no luck because she keeps gobbling it up (she eats about 5 oz every 3 hours). Is there anything else I should be doing? I'm afraid I will be traveling again in about 2 weeks. I'm realistic that I wont be able to restock my old reserve but I'd at least like to see if I can give her one more day of breast milk.
Thanks for any advice...