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    Well as I'm gearing up to return to work next weekend, I was fretting about being about to get enough milk pumped for feedings while gone especially when I'm trying to feed DS at the same time. I remembered the days when I could pump a lot and it just seemed like a lot of work now to get enough pumped for one feeding. But this article from KellyMom made me feel better (and that I'm actually in the norm) so I thought I would share with others in case you were also stressed about the same issue:

    the link http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...ping_decrease/

    The important take-away for me:
    Most moms who are nursing full-time are able to pump around 1/2 to 2 ounces total (for both breasts) per pumping session. Moms who pump more milk per session may have an oversupply of milk, or may respond better than average to the pump, or may have been able to increase pump output with practice. Many moms think that they should be able to pump 4-8 ounces per pumping session, but even 4 ounces is an unusually large pumping output.

    It is quite normal to need to pump 2-3 times to get enough milk for one feeding for baby (remember that the pump cannot get as much milk as a baby who nurses effectively).

    Many moms are able to pump more milk per session when they are separated from baby. Milk pumped when you are nursing full-time is “extra” milk — over and beyond what baby needs. Don’t get discouraged if you are trying to build up a freezer stash when nursing full time and don’t get much milk per pumping session — this is perfectly normal and expected.
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    I exclusively breastfeed one baby and exclusively pump for one baby. So yes, that info is spot on. It is wildly variable how much I am able to pump, but during the day, when I have had enough to eat and drink, when I have had some sleep, and when I have given myself an hour since the last breastfeeding session, 3 ounces is a typical pump. It took me about 3 months to build up to that. Key to making enough is trying not to go more than 3 hours without feeding or pumping but definitely never ever going 6 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triplespiral View Post
    I exclusively breastfeed one baby and exclusively pump for one baby. So yes, that info is spot on. It is wildly variable how much I am able to pump, but during the day, when I have had enough to eat and drink, when I have had some sleep, and when I have given myself an hour since the last breastfeeding session, 3 ounces is a typical pump. It took me about 3 months to build up to that. Key to making enough is trying not to go more than 3 hours without feeding or pumping but definitely never ever going 6 hours.
    Yes I did notice at night if I ever go quite long without feeding it seems to lead to a drop in my supply and I need to up the domperidone to get it back. That means even if baby sleeps through the night (he doesn't) I have to get up and pump. Boo.
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    Christina, thanks for posting that! I've been getting discouraged lately because I feel as though my supply is drying up. I swear he'll feed off of both sides and still pull away hugry even though he's sucked me dry. Even though I'm feeding him solids three times a day he still wants to BF every two hours like he's a newborn! The only break I get is at night when he sleeps 8-10 hours straight. I pump each morning on one side while he feeds on the other to get a bottle for when I'm at work, and pump two to three times while I'm at work (and only get about 1 oz total from those pumping sessions), and then pump again on one side while he feeds on the other when I get home from work to get an extra bottle. It's exhausting. I'm thinking about maybe supplementing with formula because I just don't think he's getting full enough and I'm not able to pump nearly as much as I used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triplespiral View Post
    I exclusively breastfeed one baby and exclusively pump for one baby. So yes, that info is spot on. It is wildly variable how much I am able to pump, but during the day, when I have had enough to eat and drink, when I have had some sleep, and when I have given myself an hour since the last breastfeeding session, 3 ounces is a typical pump. It took me about 3 months to build up to that. Key to making enough is trying not to go more than 3 hours without feeding or pumping but definitely never ever going 6 hours.
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    Yes I did notice at night if I ever go quite long without feeding it seems to lead to a drop in my supply and I need to up the domperidone to get it back. That means even if baby sleeps through the night (he doesn't) I have to get up and pump. Boo.
    What?!? If (and that's a big if) he STTN I may have to wake to pump to maintain supply? Big boo from me too. Oh well doesn't seem like we are anywhere near that so my sleep will just continue to be interrupted by crying baby rather than pumping I shouldn't whine. I think it is amazing that you are feeding two babies and pumping exclusively for your girl on top of it.

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    Christina, thanks for posting that! I've been getting discouraged lately because I feel as though my supply is drying up. I swear he'll feed off of both sides and still pull away hugry even though he's sucked me dry. Even though I'm feeding him solids three times a day he still wants to BF every two hours like he's a newborn! The only break I get is at night when he sleeps 8-10 hours straight. I pump each morning on one side while he feeds on the other to get a bottle for when I'm at work, and pump two to three times while I'm at work (and only get about 1 oz total from those pumping sessions), and then pump again on one side while he feeds on the other when I get home from work to get an extra bottle. It's exhausting. I'm thinking about maybe supplementing with formula because I just don't think he's getting full enough and I'm not able to pump nearly as much as I used to.
    It is exhausting, Finn is also an every two hour feeder during the day so I feel you. I'm toying with the idea of getting a can of hypoallergenic formula to have in case I cannot pump enough before this weekend. DH may not need it but it will hopefully take the pressure off me if we are down a bottle or two. I'm going to see how I do the next couple days. I can't imagine trying to get enough pumped milk for several days per week (at most I will need it for two work days per week) so I admire that you have been able to get extra bottles ready for him this many months.
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    at this age, in most cases, you would not need to pump if baby sttn. Your body learns when to make milk. If baby starts waking up again at night and you start nursing during those feedings again, your body will trigger the make milk at 2 am system again. But, sttn can cause AF to show up, if she is still MIA. It all depends on how your supply is to begin with though. I hate pumping so much. I think mamas who pump rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtinagreen View Post
    What?!? If (and that's a big if) he STTN I may have to wake to pump to maintain supply?
    Not necessarily. My body foolishly thinks I need TONS of milk at night and I have to get up to pump. If I don't for a few nights in a row I really notice a drop in my supply. But that doesn't mean it would be the same for you.

    Ryan is once again on total breast refusal so I am spending lots of time pumping again. Oh how I *hate* that thing. Even worse we are going on a big trip and a 10 hr flight and now I will have to deal with transporting the pumped milk and bottles for him, and pumping on the plane. Boo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science_gal View Post
    Not necessarily. My body foolishly thinks I need TONS of milk at night and I have to get up to pump. If I don't for a few nights in a row I really notice a drop in my supply. But that doesn't mean it would be the same for you.

    Ryan is once again on total breast refusal so I am spending lots of time pumping again. Oh how I *hate* that thing. Even worse we are going on a big trip and a 10 hr flight and now I will have to deal with transporting the pumped milk and bottles for him, and pumping on the plane. Boo.
    10 hours...wow. Makes my upcoming four hour flight seem like a jaunt in comparison. Hope it goes smoothly for you. I'm going to have some bottles for our flight too. When Finn gets worked up I sometimes cannot calm him down by offering my breast but he will usually take a bottle without a struggle. Unless he is super tired...then we are screwed. I know you are not supposed to drug babies for flights but can I be drugged?
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    Quote Originally Posted by science_gal View Post
    Not necessarily. My body foolishly thinks I need TONS of milk at night and I have to get up to pump.
    Yeah, I have to get up to pump or I wake up with a hard lump right boob. Lefty will just drain itself. I fell asleep for like 5 hours straight recently and gushed milk all over the couch. I can't believe how easily that boob leaks! I wish I was able to capture it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplespiral View Post
    Yeah, I have to get up to pump or I wake up with a hard lump right boob. Lefty will just drain itself. I fell asleep for like 5 hours straight recently and gushed milk all over the couch. I can't believe how easily that boob leaks! I wish I was able to capture it all.
    Funny my left one drains just fine as well and the right always gets these nasty plugged ducts that turn into borderline mastitis. So annoying.
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