Re: Day 3 back to work - am I getting enough milk?
It sounds like you are doing ok. I'd say that getting 17 oz is pretty rare. Different women are able to pump different amounts and it also is dependent on the pump you are using, how often or how long you're able to pump, your surroundings, etc.
Is there any way you can pump for a little longer? 10 minutes seems pretty fast. If you pump another 5-10 minutes you may be able to get another let down and end up with a significantly increased output.
Also, what kind of pump are you using?
Some women have luck eating oatmeal in the am, it seems to really increas pumping output. Then there are herbal supplements you can use to help your supply, like fenugreek or mother's milk tea.
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