Re: Engorgement on Weekends, Pumping Just Enough During Week
Babies tend to eat more from bottles than from the breast. It's one of many reasons why moms who pump sometimes struggle to meet their babies' expressed milk needs. I am guessing that your baby is taking just the amount he needs when he nurses, but when he takes a bottle he takes more than he needs. Dessert with every meal! . Since you're busting your butt to fill those weekday bottles, you have created a supply that's higher than your baby needs. When the weekend rolls round and he nurses, he leaves the extra milk in the breast, ergo the need to pump come Saturday morning.
If you've been freezing 20 oz per month for 5.5 months, you must have a nice stash to fall back on. Therefore, pumping a little less each week might not be a big problem for you- you have just 3.5 more months before your LO is a year old and you can start supplementing with cow's milk or whatever if you run short of the good stuff. Nevertheless, here are some things you can do to boost your pumping output:
- Check your pump- it may have worn down, need replacement parts
- Pump more often- squeeze in extra sessions until your output is where you want it to be
- Herbal remedies to increase supply: fenugreek, blessed thistle, oatmeal
- Review your birth control choices- hormonal contraception can have negative impacts on supply
- Review your fertility status- often moms notice a drop in pump output right before their period returns
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