Happy Mothers Breastfed Babies
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 15 of 15

Thread: Going back to work..

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    98

    Default Re: Going back to work..

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*laurabetty10 View Post
    I'm worried that being gone all day and only feeding him in the mornings and night will totally ruin my supply and quickly end breast feeding. I want to continue to BF as long as possible, even if it is only in the mornings and nights. What can I do to keep this up? Will my supply stay around even if I only feed him 3-4 times a day?
    My LO is currently 3 weeks and 2 days old. Until yesterday, he had not breastfed (or rather, moved milk) since birth.

    I pump EVERY time it's time for him to eat (after bottle feeding him), and I currently produce 4-5 oz of milk at each pump. I didn't think it was a lot, but my LC said it was a good bit considering the average of what a mom of 3 weeks would get when she pumps. (She jokingly reassures me that since I'm pumping gallons he won't be going hungry etc

    So now that he is starting to hang out on the breast again and actually move milk, I still pump somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5-3 oz.

    Pumping for 3 weeks has not at all hurt my supply--and breastfeeding wasn't even well established yet for me.

    (What did hurt it, though, was those non caffeinated sodas that I thought I could get away with. Just drink water. :O )

    I haven't returned to work yet, but I will in a few weeks. I'll have to pump while at work and BF while at home (like you..).
    Desmond Ringo Payton [5.31.12|8 lb 14 oz|22 in.|blonde|blue|beautiful|BACK TO BREAST 6.25.12]

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    98

    Default Re: Going back to work..

    ^^^ That was while NOT BF at all, btw. Like none. Since he had weight issues and energy issues I had to go to only bottle feeding him expressed breast milk. Like, literally, 3 weeks of him not moving any milk from the breast at all.
    Desmond Ringo Payton [5.31.12|8 lb 14 oz|22 in.|blonde|blue|beautiful|BACK TO BREAST 6.25.12]

  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    20,600

    Default Re: Going back to work..

    Since you haven't seen good results with the Purely Yours yet, you might want to look into a different pump with differently sized shields. If your shield size is off, that could explain why you're not getting great output yet.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

  4. #14
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Shakedown St.
    Posts
    1,176

    Default Re: Going back to work..

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Since you haven't seen good results with the Purely Yours yet, you might want to look into a different pump with differently sized shields. If your shield size is off, that could explain why you're not getting great output yet.
    Or the same pump with different size shields. I have a Purely Yours and saw a huge difference in output when I changed sizes. I had a significant oversupply and didn't get much from pumping when I was using ill fitting shields.
    K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    18

    Default Re: Going back to work..

    My advice is to cosleep (if you are not already doing so) and nurse freely so your baby gets most of his milk at night - reverse cycling.
    I went back to work at 14weeks with my 2nd. I barely had a stash the first day and just scraped by pumping enough from the day before. I made up by this by nursing freely at night. And then at 5-6 months, I was able to send him with some snacks. I was able to avoid formula.
    Good luck!!

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •