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    So I'm getting ready to head back to work in a week or 2. Haven't decided exactly.

    How much are you deciding to give them each feeding while you're gone? When I pump in the morning while I'm nursing Max, I get between 2-3 oz. Sometimes I'll get 4 but that isn't very often. He typically eats every 2-3 hours.

    My mom is going to watch him while I'm working. How much should I have her give him each feeding?


    I'm worried about my supply once I go back. With DS1 once I went back my supply started to drop and I'd like to avoid that. Around 4 months I started supplementing with formula.

    I'll be pumping at work (they have a lactation room) and I should be able to pump every 3 hours or so. I know it's not every 2 hours like he's been eating but I don't think I can get away with every 2 hours. Ideally I'd like to pump no more than 3 times while working which I think will work.

    One thing I didn't do with DS1 was pump while I nursed in the morning. I've been doing that this time and plan to continue. Should I just pump while nursing in the am or should I do it more often? For those of you who pump while nursing, how often do you do it?
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    I'd say start with 3 oz bottles as frequently as he nurses, see how he does, and adjust from there. The main key to keeping your supply up is making sure you pump as much as you give him everyday. One way or another, you have to pump 12 oz throughout the day if you give him 4, 3 oz bottles. It might be a little tricky at first to go 3 hours but your supply will get the hint pretty quickly. I didn't pump while DD nursed in the morning but I also didn't need much milk because DD wouldn't take bottles.

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    I think 3oz is a good place to start too. I pumped 2x a day when DS and DD were little, then dropped back to 1x a day once s/he was eating a good amt of solids too.

    If you haven't read "The Milk Memos" and checked out www.workandpump.com I'd highly recommend those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommycarrie View Post
    I think 3oz is a good place to start too. I pumped 2x a day when DS and DD were little, then dropped back to 1x a day once s/he was eating a good amt of solids too.

    If you haven't read "The Milk Memos" and checked out www.workandpump.com I'd highly recommend those.
    I have read it. Bought it actually and read it while I would pump with DS1. I lef tin the lactation room at work so I'll be curious to see if it's still there. Will have to reread it!

    I made friends with 2 other girls who pumped in there as well and we had a notebook as well from the book. That was 4 years ago and we've stayed close friends.
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    That's wonderful! I have never had "pumping buddy", there's no lactation room... and no other nursing moms at my work, period.

    PS: I will say, that with DS I didn't have to use formula, but with DD I did. DS sipped his bottles and ate just enough where DD chugged a crazy amount each day. So you might find that DS #2 will have different habits than DS#1. You never know
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