Pumping: What I've learned

Sara - posted on 11/11/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My second child is now 5 months old, and I'm pumping while working full time outside the home as I did with my first. I've learned some things that I wanted to share, but I would love to hear YOUR experiences too, so that we can learn from each other how to be successful in this extra 'labor of love' (let's face it... pumping sucks!)
1. I can generally pump 60-80% of what my child needs in a given day if I pump every 2-3 hours while away. I plan for this, and make sure to add pumping sessions on the weekends, which helps me not feel panicked about "not having enough."
2. When your pump doesn't seem to be working very well any more (weak suction, no power), you might need to change out your membranes or your power source.
3. Having the right size breast shields can make a significant difference in the number of ounces you're able to pump.
4. I generally have the most "success" (volume) pumping in the morning. My supply seems to be much less, or much less available at night time.
5. Oatmeal (natural galactalogue) for breakfast at least 3-4 days a week helps a LOT.

What have you learned?

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Mary Renee - posted on 11/13/2010

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Havng a photograph on hand helped me alot. I could definitely tell the difference between mindless pumping and thinking about my baby.

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