not bringing home enough

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Registered: 12-02-2012
not bringing home enough
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Sun, 12-02-2012 - 3:58pm

hi everyone, i currently have a 10 week old little boy and pump while im at work for him to have breast milk while im away. the concern is that i was unable to build up a supply before i returned to work and im getting discouraged. i feed him around 7 am and leave for work around 8:30 pump at work at 11 2 and 5:30 then come home at 8:30 and normally top him off before he goes to bed around 10. this is the best schedule for him because he normally sleeps from 10 to 7 ... while im home i nurse but that is only 2 times sunday through wed since i work 10 hr shifts and then i exclusively nurse thurs fri and sat. i can only pump about 14 to 16 oz a day while at work and he normally eats 5 to 6 oz 3 times during the period while im gone so im just barely getting by.... any suggestions on how i can increase my supply while at work? or any tips as to what has worked well for you all... thank you so much this is my first and im really determined to make this work!!

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 3:47pm
This was the information I always used for our child care providers feeding DS about pacing the bottles http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/ This was information that I found really helpful about how much milk to expect to need and feed. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ If you are still feeling like you need to increase production, you can do the following things: 1) pump more--add a pump, maybe one sided while you nurse at home or on weekends. I also used to get up and pump in the middle of the night sometimes. 2) nurse more--baby is the best stimulator of your milk supply. If baby nurses more, your supply will respond. 3) take herbs: combination of fenugreek and blessed thistle
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 7:15pm
This is a great link for guiding your caregiver. I agree that 18 oz in 12 hours is going to be tough to sustain, so cutting back on how much LO gets during the day would help a lot. http://hygeiainc.com/breast-milk-101-a-crash-course-for-caregivers/#sthash.EfGPEPjv.B0lvGvq2.dpbs I have a bunch of other links, but I will have to wait till I'm on my laptop rather than the iPad, since I don't have them bookmarked here. Welcome to the board, btw! I look forward to getting to know you!!!

 


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Registered: 09-21-2011
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 6:56pm
Sounds like you are doing great pumping mama! I don't think you need to do more pumping. I think you need to change/modify your feeding schedule. By my count, your LO is being fed 15-18 ounces for 12 hours. This is a lot. Really a lot. And feeding on the schedule you describe for an EBF baby is very unusual. I can't post links right now, but hopefully Spencer can put up the info about how to pace bottle feeding of BM and what the suggested amounts are. I bet you will be totally fine if you just adjust the baby's feeding schedule a bit.
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 6:56pm
Sounds like you are doing great pumping mama! I don't think you need to do more pumping. I think you need to change/modify your feeding schedule. By my count, your LO is being fed 15-18 ounces for 12 hours. This is a lot. Really a lot. And feeding on the schedule you describe for an EBF baby is very unusual. I can't post links right now, but hopefully Spencer can put up the info about how to pace bottle feeding of BM and what the suggested amounts are. I bet you will be totally fine if you just adjust the baby's feeding schedule a bit.