Re: Please help me - how do I make it to a year?
Many mothers notice that their baby's weight gain slows down near the end of the first year. That's because baby is so much more active. As long as baby is still gaining weight, growing, and meeting milestones, it's normal.
Now, about pumping and working...
If you could get up and nurse your baby in the mornings, it would be less he'd get in a bottle when you are separated. Maybe bring baby into bed with you in the early morning, and offer nursing? That way, you can still doze while baby tanks up.
You can try pumping one side while baby nurses on the other, to take advantage of the letdowns.
You could also get up and pump in the middle of the night, to have more milk for the next day.
Other options for increasing your milk supply include nursing more often when you are with baby (weekends), pumping more often, eating oatmeal, herbal galactagogues like fenugreek and blessed thistle, or prescription medications that have a side effect of sometimes increasing a mother's milk supply.
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