Re: How can I excl. pump and always have bm ready when LO is hungry?
Mama, I read your other posts and it sounds like a visit to the IBCLC is a must-have. It sounds like your baby's latch is pretty suboptimal, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are some other problems there that the LC can pick up on when she sees you in person.
I want to encourage you to keep your baby on the breast for some feedings- at least 1 per day, more if possible. In the long run, breastfeeding is much, much easier than exclusive pumping, and it's worth keeping your options open by keeping the baby on the breast part-time. Many latch problems are caused by the baby's size: a small mouth can't take the big "bite" of breast necessary for a good latch. But as the baby grows and the baby's mouth grows, a bigger bite and deeper latch becomes much more possible.
To answer your original question: the only way to keep ahead of the baby and build up a reserve of milk is to pump more frequently and for longer periods. If you've been pumping every 2 hours, try pumping every hour. If you've been pumping for 10 minutes, try pumping for 20. Use the best possible pump with correctly-sized breast shields (the IBCLC should be able to help with that). Herbs (fenugreek, blessed thistle, and oatmeal) may help, and as a last resort, drugs (Reglan or Domperidone, ask your doc or midwife) may help too. What I've mentioned may be really hard, exhausting work- but it's the best way to pull ahead of a hungry baby when exclusively pumping. That's why I encourage you to keep your baby on the breast at least part time: breastfeeding a baby boosts your supply much more easily and naturally than is possible with the pump.
Hang in there! You're working so hard and we all applaud you for what you're doing!!!
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