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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