Re: Frustrated with Pumping at Work
Pumping is a thankless job, I don't think anyone actually enjoys it. Please don't feel inadequate, you are doing a wonderful thing for your baby.
Some thoughts: if your breastsheild is not the right size it can affect your output. Have you tried different sizes? Here is a link about choosing the right size. There is a better one out there with pictures, but I can't find it. Maybe someone else can.
Eating oatmeal can give you a big boost in your pumping output.
There is NO REASON to worry about your child's weight. 14%ile is totally normal. Anything within the 1-99% range is normal. Bigger does not mean healthier and shame on your doctor for making you worry about it! Your doc may also be using the charts made for formula fed babies, most docs do. You might want to chart baby's growth yourself on this chart to put your mind at ease.
Keep trying, mama. And keep pumping at work. If you can't get enough, keep in mind that it is possible to continue nursing even if you are supplementing with formula while you are at work. I did it with my daughter from the very beginning I couldn't pump enough so she got formula at day care along with breast milk. I continued nursing her until she was 2. The keys for making this work for me were (1)I pumped at work to provide as much breastmilk as I could and to keep my supply up. I stopped pumping at 13 mos when she stopped taking a bottle; (2) I NEVER gave her a bottle when I was available to nurse she only got them when I was not there; (3) she nursed frequently at night and I coslept to encourage that- it kept my supply up and gave us valuable time to reconnect.
So don't feel inadequate and don't feel like it's all or nothing. It is amazing to be able to exclusively breastfeed and not need formula. That is absolutely best for your baby. But if you do use formula it definitely does not mean you have to abandon breastfeeding and/or pumping.
Good luck, mama.
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