Re: Pump one side or two?
If you're coming up short while pumping, you should definitely pump both sides. Many moms with oversupply notice that their supply decreases as their babies get older- supply dips in order to meet the baby's needs more exactly. Your difficulties in pumping enough may, in part, result from this natural change in your supply.
1. Should I be pumping both sides while I'm at work to keep my supply up?
No, not in the long run. The first few days you pump both sides you may find that your baby is fussy, and requires both breasts in order to get a full feeding, but as time goes on, your body will adjust and learn to make more milk.
2. If I do pump both sides, will I come home to my daughter "emptied out," since each side has previously gone 4-6 hours between feedings, and now will only have 2-3 hours?
Stress could definitely be the culprit. Don't worry that you will "dry up"- as long as you continue to pump and nurse, that doesn't happen.
I'm really concerned that I'm only back for one day and I'm already starting to dry up! I guess it could just be stress?
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