Growing supply

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Registered: 11-03-2010
Growing supply
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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 1:09am

3 months, yea!  But now that I have gone back to work, my supply seems to be increasing.  I had been freezing about 30 or 40 ounces per day, but now that is up to 50.  I have dropped to 6 pumps and I'm able to be on a pretty regular pump schedule at work.  I hate to do anything that decreases supply, in the event it goes too far the other direction.  Also, I still wake in the morning engorged, especially if I go more than 5.5 hours.  Any suggestions?  Has anyone else experienced this?

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 10:40am
My supply went up when I went back to work also (13 weeks pp). I don't know if it was because I was on a more regular schedule or that I got better about drinking water when I was sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. I think you are probably safe to drop a pump at this point, but I'm sure others will weigh in since your baby is still very young.

It's normal to get full feeling after several hours of not emptying. Most moms who are directly nursing don't go more than 3-4 hours with a baby your child's age without emptying out. Your body will adjust and regulate as you get further along and your baby gets older. You will be able to go longer stretches as you progress, but this takes time.
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Registered: 11-03-2010
Sat, 08-18-2012 - 12:45am
Here's why I haven't dropped a pump, and maybe I can just cut time out of my pumps instead? Looking for encouragement or advice - I have had issues with hindmilk imbalance in the past, so depending on how long I go between pumps, I have to make sure I pump long enough. I usually add 5 minutes for every 30 minutes over 3 hours, with 20 minutes as my base. This is partially why I think I also am a high volume pumper. If I cut time out of my pumps, will I eventually have less foremilk? Otherwise, I do not want to drop a pump b/c the best one would be during work and I don't want to be unavailable for that long at a time.