So this is my second week back to work full time. My daughter is 5 months old and she has been exclusively on breastmilk. Please bear with me as my questions might be sporatic. I am hoping some of you experienced working moms can pass some advice my way!!!
1) Basically my daughter eats 3-4 ounces every 2-3 hours. I am also pumping every 2-3 hours but I am lagging behind on producing as much as shes eating (about 2-3 ounces total each session). I have been OK because I have a freezer stash. But I am worried what I will do when my freezer stash runs out and I am a few ounces short each feeding. Any advice on this? I would like to increase my supply at each pumping but so far I have not been successful. I am going to read up on getting the Mother smilk tea. How much do you all normally pump each session? As much as your baby is eating from the bottle while you're at work? I have tried pumping at night while she's sleeping, but I barely get anything in the evenings - maybe 2 ounces if I'm lucky.
2) I have pumped randomly at home while I was on maternity leave. I never had any trouble having a let down. I would multitask while pumping and never had to think twice to relax and get a let down. However, now I find myself having to sit still, close my eyes, and think of my baby in order to have a let down. Is it normal that it is getting this hard to have a let down while pumping? Will it get easier the more I pump?
3) After I pump, I rinse my flanges/bottles clean. But it is nearly impossible to get them dry. So I am putting them in a big ziploc baggy but they are never completely dry when I go to pump again. Does anyone have a tip for this? Is there any reason to be concerned that they are staying damp/wet all day?
Thanks for any advice you can give!