pumping from 12 ounce to 6 ounces overnight. What could be wrong

Tiffany - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I went from pumping 12 ounces a day to only pumping 6 ounces a day just overnight. So I was wondering what I should do? I have a 6 month old who I am away from 10 hours a day and he drinks 4 ounces every 3.5 hours. suggestions please?

I drink 72 ounces of water a day and pump every 3 hours at work for 20 minutes


Minnie - posted on 07/12/2011




How often are you pumping during the day?

Have your baby's caregiver feed him as if he were breastfeeding: slowest flow nipple possible, sitting upright, bottle held horizontally to slow the flow even more, burping breaks every five minutes; bottlefeeding is essentially a passive activity and pretty much dumps milk into your baby. Changing how he's given the bottle can help him pace himself more and reduce the amount of milk he takes when you're away.

Nurse as much as possible when you're together, frequently during the night. He may begin to take less when you're away and more when you're together.

Send him to his caregiver with solids and anything you manage to pump- he's six months, he can have solids. Nurse as much as possible when you're together so he still gets the bulk of his nutrition from you.

Massage your breasts before pumping, stroke and shake them downward to elicit the milk ejection reflex. Do this every five minutes while pumping. Pump for two minutes after you no longer get any milk out.

Nurse your baby when you arrive at your caregivers, nurse him right away when you pick him up.


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Kate CP - posted on 07/12/2011




Drink more water and put baby on the breast as often as you can. Then pump right afterward.

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