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Thread: Is this common?

  1. #1
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    Question Is this common?

    I have a nine-week-old son. I work full-time during the day, so I pump at work. I pump about every two hours or so (when DS would usually eat). My issue is that I can only get about 2-3 ounces at one time to come out. That wouldn't necessarily be a problem, but since I can't get four ounces at one time (the amount DS eats out of the bottle at home during the day), I usually have to pump at home when I get home at night. Is this common, or am I having an issue with supply?

    Thanks so much for any advice/reassurance.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Is this common?

    2-3 onces at a time is pretty good for a pump.
    it does take some practice to learn how to pump.. does the baby nurse at all when you are together?
    As long as his out put is good he is getting the milk he needs.
    heres a link about what you can do to increase your supply
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/increase.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/pumpwork.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBpumping.html

    also 9 weeks is a good time for the baby to have a growth spurt and just want to eat more becuause he is growing..
    don't give up!
    Call your local lll leader they might know another working mom that you can talk to!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Is this common?

    Thanks for your advice! Yes, when we're together he nurses just fine. He's also gaining weight at a healthy clip (10 pounds, 14 ounces at 9 weeks), so I think he's getting enough. I am just curious if it's common to be able to pump only 2-3 ounces at one time, or if something's wrong with my supply.

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    Default Re: Is this common?

    I don't think there's anything wrong with your supply, remember that baby is better at getting milk out than a pump, so the pump output is not a good indicator of your supply. I used to pump for DD b/c I worked, but now I'm a SAHM and I tried pumping a few times and the output was horrible, I'll have to pump for days to get enough to leave for the DS while I went out, but I never had a supply issue. Try pumping after morning feeding, that's when breast are fuller, that might give a jump start on your pumping and/or pump during the weekend at least once so you can start building a stash of milk.

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