Rachelle - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )
I am a mommy of a 5 year old little girl and 12 week old little boy. I never was able to get my 5 year old to breastfeed but it is important to me that I am able to breastfeed my son. I have been successful for the last 12 weeks while I have been home from on maternity leave. However, I start back to work Monday (tomorrow) and I am sooo nervous I will not be able to keep up my supply. I have been trying to pump in beween feedings to get my breasts used to producing more in order for me to have milk to leave for my husband to feed him while I am away. Unfortunately I have not been able to pump very much in between feedings....maybe 2 ounces total. I have a hospital grade pump I have rented for home (which should be doing the trick while I am pumpig from home....maybe it's not??) it will not be compatible to take to work as it is so big and bulky and requires a outlet to work, I do have a single manual pump but I'm afraid if the hospital grade can't help me produce enough to pump the manual won't either. I have also starting taking the "More Milk Plus" pills which seem to help a bit. I just need some advice. I don't want to loose my milk when I go back to work. I work at a hospital 8 hour shifts so it will be a challenge as it is to find time to pump. Some of my family members keep telling me to just start formula feeding and be happy I was able to breasfeed as long as I have but I AM NOT willing to do that. I really want to breasfeed as long as I can! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.