Re: Maintaining Supply
Hi Mama! Congratulations on the babies, and on pumping for them for 2 months. That's a terrific achievement!
I have no doubt that being chained to your pump is getting old! Unfortunately, if you decrease your number of pumping sessions, your supply will almost surely decrease as well. The key to a good supply is emptying your breasts both frequently and completely.
Will your babies nurse at all? Did you start them out on the breast? If so, there may still be a chance that they would nurse, and it might be worth trying because a baby is much more efficient at emptying the breast and boosting/maintaining mom's supply than a pump is.
One thing you can do to cut down on your work load (which I know is immense!) is to wash your pump parts a little less frequently. According to my LC, you can leave the pump screwed on to the bottle, pop the whole thing in the fridge, and pump new milk on top of old- but only 1 time. After that you need to wash the pump parts again.
Something I found useful when I was doing a lot of bottle and pump part washing was to have a giant stainless steel bowl next to the sink. I would rinse the stuff that needed to be washed, and then toss it into the bowl. Sometime during the day I would wash everything in the bowl- but it still felt like less work than washing everything every time my baby finished a bottle.
Hang in there! You are doing an awesome job!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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