returning to work

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Registered: 07-03-2007
returning to work
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Sun, 10-30-2011 - 2:42pm

hi,

i m returning to work and my son will be 16 weeks old..i m exclusively bf, and he is having 6 wet diapers, and has had good wt gain when checked 3 weeks ago...so my supply is adequate, but not abundant so i have started pumping now, a few times a day..he is 8 weeks today..wondering if i m too late for that...i want to have abundant supply so that once i return to work, i can still keep up with my supply, without the need for formula.

i wanted to know how much are your milk volumes per session?

mel2010
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Sun, 10-30-2011 - 6:31pm


Welcome to the board!

 


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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 10-31-2011 - 1:04pm

Hi!

I commented on your other post on the bf'ing board, but I figure I'd comment here too!

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Registered: 07-03-2007
Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:03pm

Hi,

i wish my lc would have told me to pump soon after delivery too!

mel2010
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 4:00pm
I think you might be overthinking this. You know baby is doing well now and your supply is fine. There is no reason to suspect that it is all going to self destruct by going back to work. If you find you're running into issues, bring them here and we'll brainstorm with you!

I really think having a positive attitude and optimistic outlook will help you with W&P. Don't fret about problems that haven't arisen yet ... there's time to deal with them if and when they come to pass.

(((((hugs))))) & relaxation vibes!!

 


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Registered: 02-16-2008
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 11:32am

I started pumping for my son the week I went back to work, and we were fine. I even had a documented supply issue (based on weight gain, pre-post weight feedings), and we were fine.

As for pump volumes, I pumped this morning 2.5 hours after feeding and got a total of 2.5oz (1.5oz from left, 1oz from right). The trick to making sure you pump enough is adequate pump time at work, and if you're a little short, pumping an extra time at home.

Why do you refer to your supply as "adequate"? To me, this sounds like you think it isn't good enough. Look at your son. Is he happy, growing? Then your supply is *perfect* for him. Our bodies are designed to create the right amount of milk for our babies. That's why women with twins make more milk than women with singletons.

And honestly, the best way to increase your supply is to nurse him more often, since nursing stimulates better than the pump. Even at 14 months, I offer to my son at least every 2 hours.

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