Re: Supply whilst working
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So there's absolutely no chance that you can pump during the day? If you are in the USA, you are likely legally entitled to pump breaks during the workday. And if you can pump at work, then:
1. You will make more milk overall, leading to better supply during the times when you and your baby are together and nursing
2. You will have expressed milk to feed baby during the day, saving money on formula
3. Feeding baby more breastmilk may result in less illness, and consequently less need for you to be absent from work, providing a rationale for your employer to give you pump breaks
If you can't pump during the day, then your supply is likely to be lower than you want it to be. This doesn't mean that you'll have nothing- just that you may find that your baby is less patient with nursing, and may even need supplements during the times when you are home. The best way to maintain supply when there is a long period of no nursing and no pumping is to make sure you get plenty of milk removal and stimulation during the times when it is possible. Nurse as much as possible, and pump after feedings if possible. If your baby is sleeping through the night, it will be beneficial to wake him to nurse during the night, or to pump during the night if he will not wake.
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