How to keep up milk supply while pumping at work

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




Just gone back to work from maternity leave and need recommendations on how to keep up my milk supply while away from my little one.


Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011




Have you tried pumping on one side when he nurses on the other the switching. I was never able to pump but could breastfeed. Also, keep up the pumping every 2-3 hrs even when he slows down to keep a supply. Eat and drink to make up for pumping. Also, when you do pump think about it being your son nursing I was told that by a lactation nurse...good luck and no matter happens at least you are trying some women don't even try to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is a commitment and hard work for those moms that work.

Lissa - posted on 06/14/2011




You need a quiet place where you can relax, make sure you are drinking plenty fluids. Try taking a blanket or something that smells of your baby or even a little recording of the baby babbling to aid let down.

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I did that for a bit after returning to work when my son was born (he was three months old when I returned to work). I pumped between feedings to start to build some supply that I could freeze weeks before I had to return to work to see if it would work. Then started him on bottle (with breast milk in the bottle - so fairly quickly - he was probably 6 weeks old). It was a lot of time and effort to make sure he would take both breast and bottle. I pumped at work (they had a conference room I could lock that allowed me to pump - then I had to store it in a insulated carrier to keep it cold). Then I would pump at night for extra milk. Although well worth the benefit to him it was exhausting in my opinion and I was only able to keep it up for about 4 weeks? It's been a while so hard to remember. But don't let me discourage you from trying this - some women are better producers and can find a way to make it work. That's just how it turned out for me. Eventually I had to supplement with soy milk formula - he could not do regular formula. Definately google and see what else working Mom's have done. Hope that helps - good luck :)


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