Re: Supply issues
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Your age and the way your daughter was conceived shouldn't affect your ability to produce milk, unless you have some underlying medical condition like PCOS or thyroid issues that impacted your fertility. So I think you should probably put any "I'm too old" thoughts out of your mind, if they're there. (And I'm 38, so we're in pretty much the same boat!)
The thing that really jumps out at me from your post is that your baby will take HUGE bottles. A breastfed baby requires about 1.5 oz of milk per hour of separation from mom, so the only way a breastfed baby should take an 8 oz bottle is if she's going about 5 hours in between feedings. I'm guessing she isn't!
2-2.5 oz per pump session is actually typical output. If you need more milk, here are some suggestions:
- Use the best double electric pump you can afford, with correctly-sized shields, and make sure the pump is in perfect working order.
- Pump more frequently. More sessions per day will translate into greater yield. Many working moms end up pumping after feedings when they are with their babies.
- Pump for longer time periods- but keep in mind that frequency of pump sessions is often more important than duration.
- Co-sleep with your baby, and wake her in the night and nurse her if she doesn't spontaneously wake to feed. More nighttime nursing usually translates to better daytime supply.
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