Pumping too much but changing jobs

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Registered: 03-18-2013
Pumping too much but changing jobs
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 1:43pm

I have a somewhat unique situation (I think). I am a full-time working mom who has been pumping 2x per day at work (morning and afternoon) and breastfeeding over my lunch hour (or pumping) since he was 6 weeks old. My baby is almost 6 months old and I have been able to store up a VERY large supply. I have been getting 7-11 ounces in the morning and 3-5 in the afternoon pumping session and he only eats 6-10 ounces at daycare (you do the math :)). We will be moving sometime in the next 2-5 months and I would like to not pump after I begin my new job. I also still want him to be able to have breast milk until he is at least one year old. He JUST started on cereal this last week. I am just trying to figure out how much milk he will need from this point forward to one year old. How much milk do they drink/day? Is it okay for me to start pumping only once/day at work or do I need to keep building my freezer supply? I am getting sick of being hooked to the pump :). Thanks!

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Registered: 12-21-2009
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 8:12pm

It would certainly be ok to cut back on pumping. Ideally you’d want to pump each day what the baby needs each day at daycare. That would keep your supply at the total level that your baby needs on a daily basis.

Your day care is doing a good job of feeding the baby an appropriate amount. We usually tell moms that a baby from about a few weeks old until 6 months will take about “an ounce per hour” meaning if the baby has had a feeding two hours ago we’d expect the baby to take 2oz, if it’s been 3 hours since the last feeding we’d expect the baby to take about 3oz. This is based on research that tells us the average amount a baby takes while breastfeeding is 25oz per 24 hours. That amount is average all the way up to six months of age.

Babies usually take somewhat less milk after they start solids at about 6 months but the exact amount can vary a lot. At a guess I’d say to try to count on having at least that 5-6oz per day that is on the lower end of what your baby uses now at day care.

If you start just using your freezer stock to send to daycare that may work out ok but some babies will start to balk at taking the breast if the supply dips a lot. Using the freezer stock and not pumping at all will lower your supply to the degree that you are using the freezer stock vs pumping each day. So be sure to gradually reduce the pumping and watch how your breasts and baby react.



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