Kristen - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My daughter just turned 10 months old, and I have been pumping for about nine of those months. When I first went back to work (when she was 3 and a half months), I was easily able to get out 15 ounces or more over three pumpings. By the time I went on summer vacation (I am a teacher), that amount had dropped by over half despite my taking fenugreek the last two months. I have pumped religiously over the summer so that she would have a stock for when I go back to work this week. At the start of the summer, I got out at least 7 ounces per day over 1-3 pumpings. Now I am getting out at most 4. I haven't seemed to have any problem with supply when I nurse (she seems satisfied after nursing), only when I pump.
First, do you have any insight into what might be going on? Second, is there anything I can do to increase my pumping output? I cannot pump more often at work due to my teaching schedule. I plan on nursing for as long as possible past her first birthday, but if I cannot continue pumping, I am afraid that will not be for very long.