So, I'd been helping out at my friend Eric's middle school (we went to Baylor together and his wife Misty and I love to chat about cloth diapers) with his flute players. Anyway, his assistant director was only there a half day and now he's been transfered to a full day at another school. So, Eric asked if I was interested in the job, and considering the economy and DH's job, I decided to go back to work. It's 5 hours a day- from like 10-3:00, sometimes 3:30, and it's only until the end of May. I pumped at lunch while I was there today and got a measly 2.5 oz. I usually pump in the mornings and get about 4 oz. out- I only pump on one side. Then, I pumped when I got home since she'd eaten already and only got 3. oz. So, I've basically only made one bottle for her, and she had three while I was gone (had a haircut so stayed out a bit later than I normally will). What can I do? I don't have any issues with feedings so I know I have enough milk. I'm afraid that I won't be able to make enough milk for her!
I work part time and also pump at work. I have to tell you that after having two babies and pumping at work both times, I will never understand why some days I will pump awesome amounts , then others, not so much.
I just pumped and I got about 7 ounces from both sides. That is RARE. My pumping output decreases greatly as the day goes on. I will pump again around lunch time and I don't expect to get more then five ounces total. Allie is taking 6-7 ounce bottles at daycare, so I do not pump enough for her during the day.
What I have been doing about this is giving her one formula bottle a day, at night before she goes to bed. Mostly because my supply is so low at night that she gets frustrated from being tired and being so hungry. So she gets a 6 ounce bottle of formula at night and I pump around 8:00. Then, I am able to give my daycare that extra bag of milk for the next day.
I am not sure if it makes a difference, but she has been sleeping for about 11 hours a night since we started the formula bottle before bed. I don't think it is soley from having the formula, but I think it is because she tends to finish the whole six ounces when it is coming from a bottle. If it is coming from me, she eats for about two minutes then she falls asleep because I think nursing is more comforting. Then she wakes up at about 2 am hungry as a bear!
If you think you should be pumping more, talk to a lactation specialist.. I was using the normal medela shields (24mm) with my PIS pump, but I needed the smaller ones (22mm). I seem to be the only person on the planet that has big bbs, but very small nipples, lol.
I completely agree with the PP. I can't tell you what I do to get the big amounts while pumping. I just say yeaa and move on.
I was giving Rylee 3 bottles of BM and 1 formula at daycare, but I was getting stressed out having to pump extra in the evenings and mornings to get that 3rd bottle, so I gave up and am now sending 2 BM and 2 formula. I'm certainly less stressed and if I get extra, it goes to making up anything I need during the week.
I would guess that your body is just not used to pumping so that might be why you don't get as much. Maybe if you do it consistantly, and at the same time each day, your output will get better. It took me until yesterday to get back up to par with what I was pumping before the Holiday break.
I hope things pick up for you. I know how frustrating working and pumping can be!!
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when ds was younger, i worked a full day and pumped twice at work. for the first few months i was able to pump enough for him to eat throughout the day, but at around 5 months or so, I had to start supplementing with formula. I don't know if that's what you wanted to hear, just wanted you to know that it's normal.
The job sounds perfect!
Keep with the pumping, hopefully it will get better!
Lurking...(and a band director!) it's been a long while since I went through pumping when I went back to work....but I did want to encourage you that I pumped for twins and I had enough milk. I did pump at work on my break and that seemed to do the trick; If you are doing that, um, just be sure to triple check that the door is locked...whooo
I agree with Alicia -- for me the best thing is my hands-free pumping bra. http://www.easyexpressionproducts.com/ It was about 35 dollars but so worth it for me. It holds the horns on perfectly and leaves my hands free to do other things. I usually read when I'm pumping. If I'm relaxed and not thinking about how much I'm pumping, that's when I look down and am surprised by how much has come out! When I'm worried about time or how much I'm making, I seem to pump less. It's also true for me that I get more when I pump the first time (usually 7-8 ounces total) and less the second time (usually 3-5 ounces). I usually pump enough for him for daycare the next day (right now he's taking three 4 ounce bottles). I do have to say, though, that I've only been back to work a month, so I don't know if things will change, but I hope not!
Well, I guess I'm a little encouraged. I always pump after her first feeding in the morning, and get about 4 oz- just pumping on one side. So, now I'm adding pumping at about 11:45. I do have one of the hands free bras, but the issue is that I don't want to wear that bra all the time, and I only have about 25 minutes to pump and eat lunch, so I'm on a tight schedule. I'll try pumping both sides tomorrow and see how that goes. Other than that, I'm trying to drink lots of water.