Re: EP two times a day-possible?
It's totally possible to pump only 2X per day without suffering from engorgement/leaking. Eventually, your body adjusts to produce only as much milk as is being demanded of it, without a lot of extra left over to make you feel engorged. However, "eventually" is the key word here- you probably should not expect to transition from pumping 6X per day (or however often you are pumping) to 2X per day without experiencing a period of engorgement. You may want to cut out pumping sessions one at a time- going from 6X per day to 5X per day for a few days, then cutting back to 4X per day for a few days, etc. That should allow your body to gradually decrease production without resulting in a lot of engorgement.
is it possible to train my body to only produce milk twice a day and not suffer from painful engorgement /leaking
Even if you do reduce your pumping sessions to 2 per day, you may still experience some leaking for a while, so I would definitely wear pads to work for a while if you don't want to risk the occasional milk spot on your blouse. But leaking does stop eventually- your body just discovers how to hold the milk in! Cool, right?
Yes, it's ABSOLUTELY worth it. Any amount of breastmilk is good, and is an advantage over a pure formula diet. This is a cool article about the chemical make-up of breastmilk, and it really helps you understand why formula just can't mimic the complex chemistry of human milk.
and my 2nd question is - is it worth it to have LO receive 2 bottles of BM a day in terms of her receiving antibodies and so forth as opposed to her geting formula exclusively?
Are you sure? In some states/countries, you are legally entitled to breaks during which you may pump.
My prob is my work wont allow me to pump so I really have no choice but to stop pumping during most of the day.
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