Pumping enough milk when going back to work...

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hello, I am a mother of twin boys, born in August. I have been pumping and breastfeeding since their birth due to necessity and to build up my freezer stash. It took one of my boys about 3 months to get the hang of it, and 4 months for the other, but we are now pros and now I can exclusively nurse both of them without supplementing or giving bottles - when I am at home. The problem now is I've gone back to work and am pumping for the time when they are at daycare. I pump about every 1.5 hours but I'm still not pumping enough milk to feed both and I've had to start supplementing with formula. I am ok with supplementing if I have to, but I can't seem to figure out why I can nurse them without supplementing but I can't pump enough...!!!

I drink about 1 1/2 gallons of water every day (otherwise I don't make enough milk even when nursing!) and I've even tried lactation cookies and fenugreek, As to the cookies and fenugreek, I've not noticed a difference in supply, but it's not hurting either so I'll keep trying.

Does anyone have any advice?

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Sarah - posted on 01/08/2016

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Nursing is a unique process. Even the smell of the baby brings on easier letdown of your milk. When you pump, try having a photo of the babies and something that smells like them near you. The pump is just never going to be the same as your baby suckling, and the babies can drain your breast very efficiently.
Kudos to you for nursing twins! That is an amazing feat. if you have to supplement while you are away, they will be fine. I understand your desire to keep them on breastmilk alone but please don't exhaust yourself pumping, they will be fine with a few formula bottles. Be proud of your accomplishment, few mothers are willing to nurse twins!

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