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  1. #1
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    Default Supply vs Demand

    I'm an exclusive pumper and a little confused about how supply vs. demand works. Do we naturally produce enough milk for one feeding from each breast individually or from both breasts combined? For example, if infant normally has 3oz, "should" we produce 3oz from each breast, or about 1.5oz from each (obviously without such accuracy since we aren't machines)?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Supply vs Demand

    I'm not sure I know the answer to your questions, but I can recommend a site that has a lot of good information!

    http://www.kellymom.com/

    I hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Supply vs Demand

    With breastfeeding directly, the baby (or the "demand" of the baby) drives milk production levels. In the case of exclusive pumping, the "demand" is the pump, so it's somewhat different. I don't know if that quite answered your question.

    If ever you have a concern about your milk production levels, you can help increase by increasing the demand (otherwise known as mimicking a growth spurt). You could cluster pump (pump very frequently at shorter intervals) or power pump (pump for 10 minutes rest for 10 for 1 hour for a total of 30 minutes pumping time, several times a day) for a day or two to increase overall production levels.

    Here is some information about how milk is made:
    http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr05p44.html
    http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVJunJul01p54.html

    HTH!

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