Frustrated and upset

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Registered: 04-12-2010
Frustrated and upset
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 11:51pm
I am starting to become discouraged. My daughter is 3 months old and I have been back to work for a little over a month.
At work I was getting much better results pumping. The first pump of my shift I would get 3 oz each breat. Then less at the other ones because it was less time between pumps. Now I can barely get 4oz from both breasts combined. Even if I am home and do the 5am pump before my daughter gets up its nothing conpared to what it was. The worst part is my daughter is now drinking about 5 oz a sitting.
She hate formula and I really don't want to consider that. However I am starting to fear I won't be able to keep up.
Any suggestions?


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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 7:46am
I'm sorry you're struggling Dixie! It's not uncommon to see your supply regulating in the 3-6 month range. There are also some temporary things which can impact supply (your period coming back and illness are 2 biggies) ... Good news is this is generally temporary.

I'm on the iPad so I can't add in links, but if ou go to and search on "supply," there are a bunch of links and suggestions.

There's a handson method, involving some shaking of the breasts before pumping and doing some compressions while pumping that can increase output. Slow letdown can also be a factor, so having a pic or video of baby can help there.

Do you pump in the am on your days off/weekends? That can be helpful for some extra oz. you could also add in a bedtime pump 7 days a week to supplement your stash.

I feel confident that you can make ends meet without adding formula, you just may need to be creative :) when I am on the laptop, I'll make sure to get you the links.


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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 12:47pm

Dixie - I know pumping is hard work.