I came back to work this week, my baby is 13 weeks old... will be 14 weeks tomorrow. I have only pumped a few times before now, mainly just when I missed feedings or when I just needed to get rid of some milk during times when my supply was a bit overactive. Before now I always got at least 3 ounces every time I pumped, 5 or more when I had missed a feeding by an hour or two.
The baby is taking 4-5 ounces in a bottle three times a day while her grandmother has her during the day. So she totals 12 or more ounces while I am away from her.
Monday I pumped 10 ounces, Tuesday was only 8, Wednesday was just short of 8 ounces... Thursday I worked from home and was able to nurse, and now it is Friday and I am back at work. It is almost 4pm and I only have 5 ounces.
So she is having to take formula for at least one feeding a day right now I feel like I am going to lose my milk if this trend continues.
I read one suggestion online to pump more frequently, 10-12 times a day... but how am I supposed to do that?? I already feel like I spend more time pumping than working. Any suggestions on getting more milk?? Should I start looking for supplements like fenugreek?
I have the Freestyle pump, and have tried various sized flanges.