How do I know if I have enough milk now?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2006
How do I know if I have enough milk now?
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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 11:10pm

Hi there,

I have recently experienced the perfect storm to decrease my milk supply.

1. I changed my pumping schedule at work and now pump fewer times with more hours between pumps (pumping every 4 hours instead of 2) 2. My 7 month old started sleeping way longer stretches at night (sometimes sleeping 9 hours without nursing) 3. He also started solids 4. and got bronchiolitis,

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 9:37am
Can you provide more detail about your nursing and pumping patterns? How many times a day are you nursing directly? How many times a day do you pump at work and how much do you typically get? How many bottles is he getting while you're away and how much per bottle?
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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2006
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 11:23pm

Hi! I think things are better already. I was more worried about when I nurse than when I pump. I know that sort of does not make sense. The reason I was worried is because I noticed the baby was not swallowing much when nursing recently. I think my supply took a dip but that seems better. Definitely had plenty of swallowing tonight when I nursed before bed. On my workdays my schedule is:

7 am nurse

9 am pump - usually get 5 -6 ounces

12 30 pump ~ 4 ounces

3 30 pump ~ 4 ounces

Optional nurse at 4 30

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Tue, 03-29-2011 - 7:06am
Yep, that sounds just perfect. I don't think you have anything to worry about!! Great job, mama!
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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2006
Sun, 04-03-2011 - 9:56pm

Thank you for your help. I pumped in addition to nursing when I was recovering from this cold and it really boosted my supply. I don't know why, but I didn't really know about the whole pumping after nursing when I had my first baby. It think I would have nursed for a lot longer if I had pumped to increase my supply. Oh well.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 7:44pm
Great! I'm glad to hear the issue kind of resolved issue! Awesome job!
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