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    Default oversupply and pumping

    I have a major oversupply. I started block feeding when ds2 was a week old. He now only feeds on one side at a time for maybe 5 minutes and seems satisfied.
    I work 3 days/week and pump while I'm gone. I have been pumping both sides simultanesously and can usually get 3 oz per side in 5 minutes.
    Should I only pump one side at each session to match how he nurses at home?
    We're having bottle taking issues so its hard to say how much milk he takes and how often via bottle.

    Thanks.
    JKM 7/28/09 10 lbs, 22.5 inches still nursing at least twice a day (more if I would let him!)

    FDM 11/16/11 8 lbs 15 oz, 20.25 inches EBF

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    Default Re: oversupply and pumping

    I'd say just pump one side at a time and see what your supply does. I also have OS and if I pump more than dd2 eats then my supply picks up and she has trouble coping with the extra milk. She also only eats one side at a time and only takes about 5 minutes And is growing like a weed Anyway yes I would try just one side at a time with pumping for a bit. I have actually stopped pumping for the most part because I was only pumping to have some milk for my nephew when my sister was at work but I have a pretty big stock he is drinking from now. Anyway dd2 won't take a bottle. So I know how that goes. Have you tried a bottle like the BreastFlow bottle from WalMart or Target? Good luck!
    Melissa

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    Default Re: oversupply and pumping

    Most moms with OS find they can double pump, but maybe get away with just twice a day, or less time at the pump. I would not want to single side pump...then you are pumping every few hours and cant get any work done.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: oversupply and pumping

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    Most moms with OS find they can double pump, but maybe get away with just twice a day, or less time at the pump. I would not want to single side pump...then you are pumping every few hours and cant get any work done.
    I double pumped, but a little less frequently than recommended for moms with normal supply. So for me, that was every 3-4 hours, rather than every 2-3. You have to be careful with this approach and make sure you don't reduce your supply too much, of course. You have to sort of play it by ear and see what works for you. Single-sided pumping every 2 hours, mimicking the block feeding I was doing at home, would have driven me nuts. Not very time-efficient. So that's what I came up with.


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    Default Re: oversupply and pumping

    i had a same problem, pumping for whole three months

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