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Thread: Back to Work Pumping Problems

  1. #1

    Default Back to Work Pumping Problems

    I have just returned to work from Mat Leave, and i seem to be having supply issues already! My 4 mo old son is taking down 24 oz of breastmilk in an 8 hour period at daycare and i'm only able to pump about 12 - 16 oz total from three pumping sessions. This seems crazy inadequate. at this rate everything i've stored and am pumpin will be gone in a week. HELP!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Default Re: Back to Work Pumping Problems

    You don't have supply issues, the daycare is overfeeding him! He should be getting somewhere between 8-12 ounces in 8 hours.
    Trying to keep up with a busy 3.5 year old Morgan Alexis born 11/5/09 at 6 lbs 5 oz and proud retired 1 year EP'er!

    Nursing our new addition Jordan Catherine born 10/21/12 at 7 lbs 14 oz.

    Total donated milk so far - 1,368 ounces!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Back to Work Pumping Problems

    Overfeeding. This link should be useful to you: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Default Re: Back to Work Pumping Problems

    12 - 16 oz over 8 hours is AWESOME pump output. Baby should be drinking 1 - 1.5 ounces/hour, as noted by PPs. Note that a baby who is offered a bottle often WILL drink more than this amount - because it's easy to drink from the bottle and babies like to suck. That does not mean they NEED to drink that much. Also, caregivers will often use the bottle as means of soothing baby - inappropriately! If that is an issue, suggest other techniques for soothing baby: pacifier (if you use one), sling, swing, motion, talking/singing to baby, etc. Here are some additional links for bottle-feeding a breastfed baby, including some resources for sharing with care providers:



    The problem with overfeeding is that not only does it make it impossible for you to keep up, but also that baby is less inclined to nurse when together with you, thereby decreasing the stimulation that tells your body to make more milk.

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