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    Red face Thinking about Supplementing @ 4months;

    So I'll need some advice on how often to pump to without completely diminishing milk supply. My husband is in training and so I work full time right now, and have to drop off and pick up the kids on a daily basis, so needless to say, my weekdays are pretty busy. Ideally, I would like to keep breastfeeding only but I am feeling very tired b/c too much depends on me and I can't really pump 3x at work anymore, I can only do twice **new position,short staffed, too-stressful. Now I pump @8, then 11, then, 2.30 and again at 6.30 or nurse at that time. THen nurse all night and morning. I am thinking of weaning of the 8am pump, and I need to know if I can pump every 4hrs going forward. Thanks for your advice.


    Oh little one will be 4mths on 9/1, and I have a 3 y/o.

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    Default Re: Thinking about Supplementing @ 4mont

    I do not pump, but I am to the point now where I only nurse 4 or so times a day and have not had any supply issues. However, I am sure every person is different and other people would maybe have come supply problems. My baby is also 9 months old, so I don't know if that makes a difference. I do know that the most important thing is a happy mommy and baby so if it decreases your stress it might be worth a try. Hopefully someone on here has more pumping knowledge than I do. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Thinking about Supplementing @ 4mont

    Every woman responds differently. I nurse at about 7 AM, pump at 11:45 and 3:30 ish (once I clear out my classroom) and then get home to nurse at 4:30-5. I am a teacher and in the Spring I was trying to get another pumping in about 1:45, but I didn't seem to gain a whole lot. Our schedule has changed and so another afternoon one would not work. I am not having problems getting enough. Some moms have to pump as often as they would normally nurse, but if your work is stressed enough that you are looking at dropping a session the stress itself might lower the amount you pump.

    Try it and see. The one thing I would recommend is nursing as often as possible when you are home, especially on the weekends. If necessary you might add a pumping session in the evenings or an early morning one before you leave for work.
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