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    Default Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    Hi, I can use some advice. I returned to work this week. My son who is nearly 3 months old started daycare. Because he is breastfed I estimated that he would need about 3 to 3.5 ounces per feeding and he eats 4x a day at daycare. I pumped almost 10 ounces at work. then the daycare said that I did not leave enough milk. Baby was really upset and fussy afterwards. They asked me to try filling the bottles to 4 ounces each. I did, and they said that he was perfectly content after each feeding. Today I pumped less then 10 ounces at work. I am not pumping enough outside of work hours to make up for the shortage and be able to feed him at home. tomorrow I have to resort to using formula for 1 of the feedings. I am not sure what other options I have. I guess I am just one of those people who needs to supplement with formula? I don't have a huge freezer stash either. Any advice?

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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    How long are you away from your LO?
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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    Can you sneak in an extra pumping session or pump a few minutes longer during your current sessions? That might boost supply a bit. What kind of pump are you using? I was able to increase my output 4 to 5 oz a day by keeping my rental in a hospital grade pump and then pumping on the way to work with a PISA.
    Lisa

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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    I am away almost 9 hours a day. We wake up at 6 and feed until 7 while I pump on 1 side. then I pump at work around 930, 1230 and 3. I use a lansinoh pump st home and a first years at work. With each pumping session I get 2.5-3 oz. sometimes I can probably add a few minutes to pumping. I also do compressions to squeeze out anything else that's in there.

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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    What kind of pump do you have? Oh, I see. I would suggest NOT using a first Year's. That is not a good pump.

    Are you taking any supplements or eating oatmeal or brown rice?

    Babies usually eat 1 to 1.5 oz per hour of separation.

    Some moms end up working in a car session to or from work, and then thereafe some who pump at home in the evening.

    Add a few minutes to each pumping session.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    How much does he sleep at night?

    If it's feasible, you could try doing an overnight pump session. I did this for a while and it wasn't so much that it added a huge amount to what I was getting every day, as much as it stimulated more production. The negative side was it meant less sleep, of course. But if LO is sleeping well it might be worth it to try.

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    Default Re: Not pumping enough to meet baby's demand

    I empathize. It might be worth renting a really good pump and see if that helps you produce more milk. If the pump makes a difference you can buy a different one. After having 2 bf babies and then 1 who mostly drank formula, I can tell you that investing in a good pump is well worth the money, even purely for financial reasons.

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