I am only able to pump at work about half of what my daughter eats at day care. If anyone has a suggestion that I may not know about, I'd appreciate your advice. If condolences are all that's in order, they're welcome, too. :-)
My daughter is 3 1/2 months old. I'm away from her for about 10 1/2 hours per day (2 hrs commuting on the train and 8 1/2 hrs at work). She eats about 16 ounces during the time we're apart. I've been back at work for about four weeks.
I am able to breastfeed her successfully, so my overall supply is not an issue. I pump three times a day at work (9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm) and get about 2.5-3 ounces each time, a total of 8-9 ounces per day. I pump for varying lengths of time, anywhere from 15 minutes to 35 minutes, but the total volume doesn't change much.
My left breast produces very little (1/2-3/4 ounce). I believe this is an anatomical issue. It's been like that from day one, she doesn't have a side preference, and I usually put her on the left breast first and let her stay there as long as she'd like, so it gets plenty of stimulation.
I'm using the correct size flange. I rented a hospital grade pump (Medela Symphony). I massage and compress my breasts before and during pumping.
I'm taking fenugreek and blessed thistle capsules, drink mother's milk tea and plenty of water. I get as much sleep as I can and try to eat healthily and a sufficient number of calories. I try to relax.
I've taken every suggestion I've seen/heard, but my pumping production has not increased. Perhaps there's nothing to be done, but please let me know if you have any thoughts or advice. Thank you!