Hi - can you point me to a book or website that will give me the low down on how to effectively return to work and keeping an exclusively breastmilk-fed-baby? (the boards here are great for specific issues - same w/kellymom.) I pumped exclusively for my son, but only before I went back to work. I'm returning to work in 4 wks and would like to continue to give my daughter breastmilk for as long as possible.
Just a fair warning - I tend to provide a lot of information in posts so you have background
I had an Ameda Purely Yours double eletric pump that served me tremendously well for my son, but broke on me for this baby. I've been using a Medela PISA for when I do pump now, but it's not often. I was thinking of just purchasing the motor part of the Ameda since I have so many parts for it already. The Medela is a loaner.
I'm told that the Medela is so much better/strong than the Ameda, but I'm having issues. I've been battling thrush since she's born (8wks now). I tried pumping to lessen contact and try to get rid of the thrush. Over a 12 -15 hr period, I pumped every 2 hrs for 20-25 mins. The first session I was pumping enough for 2 bottles - by the end, I wasn't even getting enough for 1 bottle. I stopped b/c I didn't want to screw up my supply. I did not have these issues w/my son w/the Ameda. But maybe it's not the pump and it's me.
So I'm looking to educate myself on what to do, what not to do, so that I don't screw up my supply and be unable to feed her. I don't think I should try to build a stash now b/c of the thrush. (I'm much better, but she still has white pinpoints in her mouth even after an extended round of diflucan for her and I'm still on it)
Not returning to work is not an option. I'll be gone approximately 10 hrs each day. I have an office, so a place to pump at work is not a problem, but time may be. I won't know how feasible it is until I go back. But I want to set myself up as best as I can.
I'm looking to learn whether I should take supplements for a greater supply or do something specific, etc. Any direction(s) you can send me would be appreciated.
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