Post # 1
Are you actually able to pump enough to replace what they drink in a day?
Tomorrow is my first time leaving K with someone all day and I can’t normally pump as much as he eats if I’m not with him. Just wondering if your body adjusts and eventually I’ll be able to pump more or if I should start taking some fenugreek to bump it up a little.
Post # 3
I’ve heard photos and recording of your baby can help with pumping while away from your baby.
Other than that, I don’t have much to offer. Although I’ll be in your shoes in about 9 months, and am really hoping to pump when I return to work.
Post # 4
I advise the fenugreek.
I normally pump 8-12oz.
She normally drinks 12-16oz. I make up for it on the weekends. I pump just after I feed her all weekend (only in the mornings) and that usually makes up the difference.
It’s a rare day that she drinks only as much as I pumped.
I also make sure to feed only one breast all night, then I pump the untapped one in the morning before we leave. That helps too.
Post # 5
I recommend you pump every 2 hours @ work. I did that and got my milk supply up in a matter of days to keep up with my baby once I returned to work. Also, pump in between feedings on the weekends to have extra. I found that even just pumping 1-2oz in between feedings was a big help during the week. I had to keep reminding myself that every ounce adds up!!
It’s so worth it, so just think positive and pump often! 🙂
Post # 6
OH – PS – the Fenugreek did help a little along with frequent pumping! 🙂 GL!
Post # 7
Thanks for the tips ladies…He ate 15 oz while I worked yesterday and I pumped 11 so I guess thats not bad. But then when I fed him last night he got frustrated and seemed to not be getting much on my right side so I ended up giving him a little in a bottle. I’ve noticed before that if I pump too much then he seems to have that problem. I’m not sure if the milk just isn’t there or if it takes longer to release and he gets frustrated.
I’m going to take the fenugreek and see if it will help with that problem. I’ll bump up my pumping in the morning. I haven’t been consistent about pumping after I feed bc I feel like its frustrating to only get a little bit but you are right..Every little bit counts.
Post # 8
My friend is getting ready to go back to work and started pumping every few hours just to get herself on a regular schedule. She thinks she can do 100% breast milk via bottle if she pumps regularly. This also includes getting up to pump at 1 or 2am she said, and doing it before work. She said the more she does it, the more milk she gets, even if she has a “dry” pumping period, eventually it just kicks on. She’s been doing it for about 2 weeks now and her baby starts daycare next week.
Keep doing it! I don’t know if getting up in the middle of the night would help you–cuz i imagine you get up to feed the baby, right? So if you pump at night, it’d be mimicking normal milk flow.