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    Default Pumping Help!

    I think I need some advice on the pumping. My LO is 4 1/2 months old now and I returned to work when she was 13 weeks. I breastfed her until I returned to work with the exception of the once a week bottle to get her used to a bottle (which she still doesn't like). I also pumped because I seemed to have extra. Now that I've returned to work, it seems like I'm not getting as much with each pumping session as I used to. I work 4 days a week and have a strict no pumping/only breastfeeding rule when I'm home. When I first returned to work, I was getting 7 or 8 oz in each session. Now it seems like I'm only getting 2 or 3 sometimes 4 oz in each session. I try hard to get 3 sessions in a day, but some days I'm only able to get 2 in. I have a Medala Pump In Style which was used previously by a close friend. It's a few years old now. I'm wondering if the pump is going bad which will cause me to have supply issues? Do I even have supply issues? How much should I be getting in each pumping session?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Pumping Help!

    Your supply will often slow down when you return to work as the pump isn't as effective at removing milk as your LO is. (This happened to me). I have an oversupply (get 5-10oz each morning at work in my 1st pumping session) but had a small dip when I first came back. I just make sure that I pump as often as I can at work, and BF exclusively on the weekends and at night and it seems to be working. Check out this website, as it's been VERY helpful to me...http://www.kellymom.com/

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    Default Re: Pumping Help!

    You don't have a supply issue. 21 ounces in three pumpings is a ridiculous amount for someone who is just pumping at work. How much is your daughter eating when away from you? 1 to 1.5 ounces an hour is a general rule of thumb.
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Pumping Help!

    The other thing is....that is an older pump. You don't know how hard it was used, and they are really only meant for a year of regular use, like what a FT working mom will do. You can try to change the membranes and valves and see if that helps...but I'm with Tracie. That's more than enough milk! If your supply really dips, try a different pump.

    Also, about 12 weeks, many mamas notice a change in supply anyway, and there will be another change around 7-8-9 months too. And around 12 months, you can pump wean and BF on demand at home for years.
    Susan
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    Default Re: Pumping Help!

    Right now I'm getting about 10-12 ounces a day and I think that's what she's eating. I know that all I need to produce is what she eats, I just don't want to see another dip and then have a problem.

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    Yeah, I get that. I started out pumping like you did, and mine has gone down some too. It just seems to happen over time. The good thing is that when they get to be somewhere between 9 and 12 months old, they are generally eating a bit of solids so that can take some of the pressure off.

    I have pumped on the weekend some (once per day) to add to my stash and also up what I get from my first pumping of the day. It sucks to pump on the weekend, but it takes some of the pressure off for the week.
    Tracie

    Mommy to
    Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
    Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months

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