It takes me two pumping sessions to supply for one feeding....

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It takes me two pumping sessions to supply for one feeding....
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Sun, 03-11-2012 - 10:05am

From everything I have read, it is normal for me to only get 2 ounces per pumping session. If I am lucky, I sometimes get 3 ounces.

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Dixie makes a good point. I generally recommend a pump at home in the am, either both sides or pump one side while feeding on the other. Keeping up the am pump on the weekends gives you some extra oz. you can also pump the other side for the first pump once you get home. If needed, you can pump before you go to bed, also on weekends.

 


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In order to ensure I can keep up I pump on my days off as well. I will pump once in the morning between 4-5am and sometimes once at night. That way that milk goes to stock up my supply and doesn't have to go directly for next day feeding. It can be a pain sometimes but have faith you can do it.

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Welcome! My special welcome blinky will have to wait till I'm on my laptop! I agree 100% with akhtarsa. Smaller bottles likely would be a good strategy. I'll give you some links later with info on bottle feeding the breastfed baby. Encouraging reverse cycling (more nursing evenings/nights boosts your supply AND means baby needs less during the day is a good idea. Pumping on one side while nursing on the other for the mornin nurse and the first one at home can also yield some extra oz. adding in a bedtime pump might help too.
I also agree that if you can't keep up despite best efforts, itheres no shame in supplementing. Just be sure to follow the same bottle feeding guidelines for paced feelings so that baby isn't over f'ed at DC and not want to nurse at home.

 


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It is doable. It is not fun. I found that more frequent, shorter pumps helped me to keep up. Can you sqeeze in one more short pump on your lunch or something like that? I don't know what your schedule is like but it helped a friend of mine.

Also, maybe do smaller bottles for the daycare...I don't know how many you are doing now, but for us I tried to do 4 bottles rather than 3-4 oz bottles. I used to do the first 3 with 3 oz and then the 4th bottle would be smaller so DS was ready to nurse as soon as we got home, if he took the extra bottle at all. They'll have it if they need it, but they didn't always have to use it.

You can do this if you make up your mind to do it. I swear you can. It's not easy but it is doable. And I will say, although I may be opening a can of worms, that you can choose to keep going to 6 months and supplement part of the time with formula if it is what you need to do to stay sane and take care of yourself. Some breastmilk is better than none and buying only a little formula versus all formula is still cheaper (I personally hate how expensive the darn stuff is). I had a friend who simply hated pumping and did not want to do extra pumping sessions to keep her baby on EBF. She usually pumped 1x a day and fed what she had and then did formula after that, plus she nursed at home and on weekends. She kept it up to 1 year that way. The process has to be manageable and sustainable for you or you won't do it.

And at a certain point, I added fenugreek and blessed thistle to my regimine to keep things going--they can really help to keep things going with increased pumpings.