Question for pumping moms who have done it past 4 months

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This is my third time around and I think I've finally gotten pumping down. I'm able to take enough breaks to keep my milk supply up and my baby will be 4 months on the 15th with me working full time and EBB. I'm so proud! lol. But my question is for those of you working moms who have done it longer, do you find that the milk flow starts to slow, or take longer to pump the same amount? I don't think my supply has decreased, but it does seem like it takes longer to pump the same amount. I'm just hoping that the supply isn't on its way out. Some days I just don't have enough time and it may be 4 hours between pumping sessions.



Thanks for any input.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2009

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Quoting Wendi:



I pumped at work from when my son was 11 weeks old till 12 months.  I have a fantastic work schedule for pumping and was able to pump three times a day for 20 minutes each time at the being.  I would get 20 to 30 oz a day at the begining I believe.  My milk did slowly drop and by seven months I started pumping just twice aday and getting 15 to 20 oz.  By the 12th month of pumping I was pumping twice a day for 20 minutes each and getting maybe 4.5 oz.  It was depressing but I was glad to have lasted that long and I don't miss it now that I have stopped. 






Make sure to have pictures of your baby to help you relax while you pump away from home.  I also would read my parenting magazines and just try to get away from the hassel of the work day. 






You will do great. 



 



I have to agree with what  Wendi has said.  I started pumping at work when my youngest started daycare at 6 weeks.  I pumped 3 times a day plus I was able to go nurse at lunch since his daycare was across the street from my work.  Your supply might go down a little since pumping is not the same a actuall nursing.  What I suggest is pump like an x-tra 3-4 mins, add in an x-tra pumping session if you can or pump right after nursing.  That will keep up your supply.  Supply and demand is all I can say.  The more you pump and nurse the more milk your BB's will make.  Oh drink LOTS of water. 



 



Good luck!



 



Jen






 






 





 

Tammy - posted on 03/05/2009

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I had the absolute worst pumping situation.  I work in a prison and everything (everything!!) has to be in a clear container for easy inspection so imagine that.  Plus I was allowed by law to pump whenever I needed, but I just can't leave inmates unsupervised so I would have to call a Lt. anytime I needed relief.  Needless to say they were not always so nice so I mainly did it on my lunch break cause it was too stressful.  I planned on breastfeeding my fifth baby a year like my other four, but she weened herself about a month age.  Up until that point though, even with the once every four hour pumping and the stress  my supply didn't go down.  My baby just doesn't want breast or botttle she thinks she grown! but it was her choice not lack of supply so keep at it.

Lisa - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hi Jennifer,



First let me start with my nursing story.  I went home for lunch for the entire first year and only had to pump to prevent my boobs from getting compacted (it was weird I rarely ever leaked, it was also weird that my left breast was the major producer and I always nursed evenly), I diverged.  Anyway,  that worked out wonderfully for us, of course there were eveinings when she was anxiously awaiting my return!  My daughter never took to the bottle, (I think I waited too long to introduce it to her.)  I didn't introduce her to a lot of foods the first year either (I started with cereal and bananas at 9 months.)  I am not sure if this was good or bad, she isn't a huge eater and doesn't like to try new things.  BUT, HER IMMUNE SYSTEM IS BAD ASSED, and I don't say that lightly.  I am convinced that the choices I made will give her an edge on life, a gift like no other.  I talk to her about that and always will.  This experience has made me a huge breastfeeding advocate.   I also nursed on demand the entire time.  Regarding your supply, do you nurse on demand in the evenings and during the night?  I recommend you compensate for being gone during the day.  Try to nurse as much as possible when you are with your baby and don't worry about "wasting" your bottled milk.  Also, note that freezing your milk looses important ezymes, so only use frozen milk for emergencies.    I could go on and on from here.  I hope this helps some.  I think it is great that your reaching out with questions.  I went to La Lache League meetings for the first 3 months I was at home but then never had time with work.  That was difficult, I really could have used the support.  Us working moms tend to not to have time to connect with other moms like we need to.  I have to say that it is great that your nursing child number 3!  I gave my daughter my all (2.5 years total before she was finished, I let her wean herself, the bed time nursing was the  last to go.)  I often wonder how I could pull it off again.  In some ways it was the most natural thing, but in other ways it took a lot of motivation.  I always thought it beat getting out of bed in the middle of the night to get a bottle though.   Wendi Adams posted some great ideas!  Good luck, your baby is very lucky!   

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I breastfed my daughter until she was 10 months old and worked full time from the time she was 6 weeks.  I would pump twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  It's been 6 years so I don't remember how much I got, but it was enough.  I would also go to her daycare (it was right across the street from work) at lunch and breastfeed her. 



I know that in the beginning, I was producing more than she could eat, so I froze all that I could.  Later on, I was just keeping up, but had enough frozen reserve to keep us together.  I never supplemented with formula, but I did start her on rice cereal at 4 months and then gradually introduced vegetables and then fruits.  By 10 months, she was eating table food and refused to nurse anymore (much to my dismay - I wanted to breastfeed until at least a year).

Wendi - posted on 03/05/2009

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I pumped at work from when my son was 11 weeks old till 12 months.  I have a fantastic work schedule for pumping and was able to pump three times a day for 20 minutes each time at the being.  I would get 20 to 30 oz a day at the begining I believe.  My milk did slowly drop and by seven months I started pumping just twice aday and getting 15 to 20 oz.  By the 12th month of pumping I was pumping twice a day for 20 minutes each and getting maybe 4.5 oz.  It was depressing but I was glad to have lasted that long and I don't miss it now that I have stopped. 



Make sure to have pictures of your baby to help you relax while you pump away from home.  I also would read my parenting magazines and just try to get away from the hassel of the work day. 



You will do great. 



 



 

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