I'm making enough milk for my baby and alittle more. But not enough to feed her when I'm at work. Any suggestions?
Lori - posted on 07/03/2012
OK - Sounds like off to a good start. When you say you get 2 oz from one breast and 3 oz from the other... is that total from all 5 pumpings? And is that 5 oz in addition to feeding her all day while you're with her? If that 5 oz is in addition to feeding her all day, then you're in great shape. When you're at work and not feeding her but just pumping you should be able to pump more than what you pump when you're at home and feeding her and pumping.
And as to your earlier comment about not drinking a lot of water.. it could make a difference. Generally the rule is drink to thirst. But if you're not getting enough water it could affect your milk supply.
I've provided a few links about pumping at work. I hope this helps. The first one is about how much expressed milk you baby is likely to need while you're gone. It's good to know so you don't overfeed your baby, or waste much of your pumped milk.
Debbie - posted on 07/02/2012
This is first day back at work. I'm pumping probably five times a day. I get about 2ozs out of one breast and 3 out of the other. My baby is 8 weeks old, I haven't try formual yet. I pump at work when I can so far 3 times on a eight hour shift.
Lori - posted on 07/02/2012
How often do you pump while you're at work? How long are you gone? How old is your baby? How much formula are you supplementing with while you're at work? How long have you been supplementing with formula?
Answering these questions can help us to help you better.
If you're not pumping, or not pumping often enough while you're at work, it will be a signal to your body to make less milk. Ideally you should pump every 3 hours or so. But you may need to pump more frequently at first to get your supply back up to where it needs to be.
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