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    Default Pumping at work and not geting much

    I am a first time mom and my baby boy is 3 months old, weighing in at 12lbs. 13oz. When given a bottle he takes rougly 6 oz at a feeding, and when I breast feed him which is everytime he is with me he seems to always get enough (I really hate giving hiim formula, would much rather him feed from me and I love the bond). However, I am away from him for 12 hours a day and am forced to pump. I often dont pump enough for even one bottle in a day. How is this possible. I really would like to be able to pump enough to supply his daycare with breastmilk instead of formula. He knows the differnce and makes a face when its not my milk.

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    Default Re: Pumping at work and not geting much

    6 oz, huh? That's a very large amount of milk for a 3 month old baby. Breastfed babies typically take more like 2-4 oz at a time in a bottle. Are your care providers familiar with bottlefeeding breastfed babies? If not, check out this link and discuss it with the daycare: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/f...ottle-feeding/

    How often do you pump and what sort of pump are you using?
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    Default Re: Pumping at work and not geting much

    I would assume his day care is well versed in feeding a breast feed, baby, they never force it but let him choose when he is done. I find i can only pump 2 times in a 12 hour day and i am using a Spectra Hospital grade double pump.

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    Default Re: Pumping at work and not geting much

    There's slightly more to feeding a breastfed baby that allowing the baby to choose when he's done. The daycare should be doing the following:
    - using slow-flow nipples on the bottles
    - pausing the feeding after every 1-2 oz (it may help to send your milk in smaller portions- for example, a 2-3 oz bottle to be followed by a 1-2 oz "chaser" bottle, which will force the daycare provider to pause the feeding)
    - switching the baby to the other side about halfway through the feeding
    - swapping in a pacifier after about 3-4 oz, and giving baby a real chance with it before reaching for more milk

    It's great that you have a hospital-grade pump. It sounds like the problem is likely pumping frequency: 2 pumps in 12 hours is on the low side, when you consider that if you were home with your baby, he'd probably nurse at least every 2-3 hours. I think you either need to pump more often at work, or pump after feedings when you're home with the baby if more pump sessions at work are not possible.
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    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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