Re: Supply Question
Some things you can do to improve your output:
- Pump more frequently. This is absolutely, hands-down, the best thing you can do. Even if you get more milk if you let yourself go more than 4 hours between pumping sessions, this will ultimately be counterproductive because every time you allow milk to sit unused in the breast, your body reduces production a little more. It's better to pump more frequently, even if you get less out each time, than it is to wait for the milk to "build up." I know you said your job does not allow you to pump every 2 hours, but is there any way around this? Most jobs legally entitle you to at least a bathroom break every so often- is it possible that you are entitled to such a break, and if so, could you pump during it?
- Pump after nursing when you are together with your baby. This will increase your overall supply and ensure you have enough pumped milk to get your baby through the work day. Many moms find they pump the most milk early in the morning, so even adding 1 pumping session before you go to work could make a difference. If you drive to work, you might even be able to pump in your car if you can get a hands-free setup going.
- Try power pumping. Pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10, and finally pump for 10 more minutes for a total of 30 minutes of pumping in a 1-hour period. Power pumping is supposed to mimic the way a baby feeds- and increases its mom's supply- during a growth spurt.
- Try a new/different pump. There is a big difference in effectiveness between pumps, with manual pumps being the least effective and hospital-grade pumps being the most effective.
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