Re: Really need advice!
Over time, breastfeeding becomes much easier and faster, with a baby getting all he needs in 5-10 minutes at the breast. Pumping never gets easier or faster: if it takes you 20 minutes to fill a bottle now, it's going to take you 20 minutes a year from now, and you're going to have to fit that 20 minutes (plus all the washing, and the storing/warming/transporting of milk) into your demanding job of taking care of a mobile baby. If you can get your baby back on the breast, you will never have to listen to your child cry because his food and comfort will always be immediately available, at the right temperature, and clean. Breastfeeding straight from the tap regulates your supply much better than pumping does, so when your baby starts sleeping long periods at night, you can too.
Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama
If you want to keep on exclusively pumping, the best things you can do to increase your supply are to pump more frequently, and to use a very good pump. If you're pumping every 4 hours, try pumping every 2. The more frequently you remove milk, the more milk will be made, because your body gets the message that there is a lot of demand. You can also try power pumping: pump 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, and finally pump 10 minutes one last time 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 boosts his mom's supply during a growth spurt.
HTH, good luck!
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