Hi all... I am back to work and really struggling to pump enough for my 8-week-old DD. I'm hoping you all have some suggestions.
I am out of the house for about 6.5 hours 5 days a week - 4 hours work and 1.5 hours commute. I pump twice at work (PISA) for a total of around 5-6 ounces. She takes three bottles while I'm gone. We're still working on how much she needs; I've been leaving two 2.5 ounce bottles and 1 three ounce bottle, but I think that may not be quite enough. To make up the difference I pump right after her two night feedings, getting about an ounce each time, which gets me pretty much exactly there, but it's pretty nerve racking to always just barely have enough for the next day! I'm taking fenugreek and blessed thistle, drinking mother's milk tea, and eating oatmeal (not as much/regularly as I could, but I'm trying...)
She usually sleeps one 4-hour stretch in the night, so I *could* get up then and pump -- but sometimes she only sleeps three hours, and I would regret the loss of sleep (with the two pumping sessions after night feedings, I'm getting 4-5 hours sleep max at night).
I guess what I'm hoping for is some ideas about when I could pump that I'm not thinking of. I'm curious about pumping in the car -- how do y'all manage that? I have a hands-free set up, but I park in a really public parking lot so I'm not sure how I'd un-hook myself. I'm also stumped about when I can pump during the day when I'm home. She doesn't take long naps, and always takes both breasts at a feeding, so I'm hesitant to pump one and give her the other, but maybe that's more of an option than I think?
I know I need to pump more often to get more production -- I just can't figure out when! I'm still so unorganized and frazzled; I rarely find time to take a shower or eat the way I should, even though DH and MIL are helping a lot. Why can't I get it together?
Sorry so long...