breastfeeding & going back to work

Samantha - posted on 10/17/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I go back to work Tuesday. My son is 12 weeks. I don't have much back up supply, only about 12 ounces. Currently when I pump I only get about an ounce or two. This is while I'm breastfeeding my son. I was wondering do you get more milk when away from your baby and how much can I expect.

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Chet - posted on 10/17/2014

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Okay. The Medelas are good pumps. I just wanted to make sure you weren't having trouble because you had a bad pump.

You can also try taking fenugreek and blessed thistle. Taken together they can help to increase your supply. Usually you're taking enough when your sweat starts to smell like maple syrup.

Good luck!

Chet - posted on 10/17/2014

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Try pumping early in the morning, especially an hour before your baby wakes up.

Try pumping one side while your baby nurses on the other side. The baby will encourage let down which helps the pump to get more milk. But a pump can't fully empty a breast so there will still be milk left behind for the baby on that side, and you supply will increase to meet the demand.

Also, if you nurse during the day while you are at work and your baby is not nursing you may get more milk.

What kind of pump are you using?

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