Re: FTM Just returned to work
Welcome to the forum! It sounds like your pump output is normal and equivalent to baby's needs, so don't freak out yet. But if you want to build up an additional cushion for days when your LO wants more milk or in case there's a spill or something, here are some things you can do:
- Make sure you have the best pump for your needs. A mom who is working full-time needs a good pump. Most working moms seem to have success with pumps like the Medela Pump in Style, or machines in that range.
- Make sure you have the right size of breast shields, in order to maximize stimulation and milk removal.
- If pumping at work is not getting you enough milk, consider pumping after nursing when you are home with your baby. Additional stimulation will build supply, and an oz here or there can really start to add up!
- Try hands-free pumping during your commute (you'll need a pumping bra and a car adapter for your pump).
- If you are doing one-sided feedings, definintely pump the unused breast during or after nursing!
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