I have a few questions for those moms who exclusively pump:
1. I read the Kelly article talking about how 2-4 ounces per pumping session was a good output. Babies my sons age are supposed to drink between 25 and 30 ounces a day. My goal is get my son on 100% breastmilk and 0 formula. I now pump between 6 and 7 times a day. I try to pump 7 times. However, unless I wake myself up every 2 hours at night (and then I'll decrease supply from being tired), how can I produce enough breastmilk to exclusively feed my son? Right now I produce about 16 ounces. I take fenugreek. I do have some Metoclopramide, but before I take more "drugs", I want to see how others up their output. I usually produce 6 ounces for the first morning pump, 3 ounces the next pump and 2 ounces for the rest of the pumps. How does one get more milk per pump?
2. I read that some women used to pump like 7 times a day and then became more effective so they only had to pump like 3 times a day. How does this happen? What's the secret to "getting more "effective" per pump?
3. Lastly, I have a Medula PISA. I've been using it for 4 months, exclusively using it only for a few weeks. What parts do I have to replace regularly? Are the tubes good for awhile? If the values, shields and white suction things seem to be in good shape, is that all that matters?
Thanks so much for your help,