Milk supply ?????

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Registered: 01-27-2011
Milk supply ?????
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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 11:44pm

I am 16days PP and my son won't nurse(and not for lack of trying)I was pumping every 2-3 hrs but was producing sooo much about 50 oz a day and I don't have enough freezer space to store and find the milk bags too expensive to keep buying so I have cut back to every 4 hrs (its been 3 days now and I'm still producing about the same amount with each pump session lasting 10 min). Will this hurt my milk supply in the future? I have 3 prior children and nursed all of them but this one is special. I only had to pump when I went back to work for my last and was successful til he was 6-7 months old. By the time I was finished pumping(2-3hr interval) it was time to feed the baby and then I was lucky if I could get 30 min to rest in between so I figured since my supply seems abundant that I can push back another hour and have my supply impacted just a little. What do y'all think? Will this hurt my supply in the future?

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Registered: 08-05-2010
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 2:21am

The more you pump in the first 8-12 weeks, the better. It helps your body establish a long term supply. With that said, since you pump a high volume and you haven't noticed a decreased supply yet, you might be fine. Keep in mind that depending on your body, it can take a week or so for your body to respond to a change in schedule. If you stick to your current schedule for a bit and don't notice a drop, you can try extending your time between pumps again.

Here is a trick for easier freezer storage-if you are using breastmilk storage bags, lay them flat to freeze. When they are frozen solid, you can keep them in a box with the new bags at the back and the old at the front like a milk filing system. It takes up less space in the freezer and it thaws faster when it's time to serve.

Another cheaper trick is to freeze the milk in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer the cubes