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Old 07-21-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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Pumping any ideas?

Ok dd3 is the only one that I've been working while nursing. I've been back at work for a month and the last week or so I'm fighting to get enough for her bottles.

7-745 I nurse dd before I go to work usually about 20 mins

930ish I pump for about 25 mins

12:00 I go home for lunch and nurse pretty well the whole time

230ish I pump for about 25 min

5 I'm home an nursing as much as dd wants from here on we coslee pan she nurses a bunch at night

She eats usually 2 3oz bottles while I'm gone. I had one week that I was gettin almost 8oz while I was at work. Last few days I'm fighting for 6. Have had to come home an pump after she's asleep to get what I need. I feel atleast 2 let downs when I pump. I massage and listen to dd crying have her pictures. Not to mention if I pump an ounce of more on my right it's a miracle. Doesn't matter how full I feel it's a fight to get it out. Dd is growing fine so I don't think my supply is an issue. I have the right size pump part.. Using models pis. I don't know what to do to get my pump amount up.

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I struggle to pump enough and had to do more pumping sessions than bottles needed. I tend to pump more in the morning, so I would suggest pumping right when you get to work and then still do the two other pump sessions. I also had better luck with a hospital grade rental pump and ended up just renting one.

Also, make sure you are drinking enough water.
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Re: Pumping any ideas?

Thanks may have to try it.. I drink atleast 72 oz of water a day... I just hate pumping when I'm home.. Some mornings I'll pump one side while she eats bc I'm really full so I pump so before she takes that side if she does at all.
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Re: Pumping any ideas?

Dragging yourself out of bed early in the morning and pumping an additional time before she's up is helpful. Then pump the off-side while she's having that morning nursing, if she has one out of bed. Besides co-sleeping, I sleep nurse baby twice before I go to work, so my morning schedule would look like this: Get up miserably early, pump. Go back into bed while DH showers, sleep nurse the baby both sides. Shower and get mostly ready. Sleep nurse the baby again, both sides. Get the baby up and ready for the day. Sit down on the couch to nurse and offside pump, then run out the door. And/or depending on how long your drive from home to daycare is, maybe sit down in the car in daycare's driveway or inside daycare (depending on where your baby focuses best) and have one more nursing before running off to work. If your drive from daycare to work is long (sounds like it's not, if you get to nurse baby at lunch), sitting down to pump immediately when you get in the door at work is a good tactic too. Morning is the best production time.

And I'd have to get milk out at least one more time during the work day (mornings are best for production) than you are, possibly twice, although the fact you get to nurse her at lunch is wonderfully better than fitting in another pumping.

If you're having a hard time pumping from one side, but baby doesn't have any trouble nursing from that side, I'd re-examine whether or not you have the right size phlanges for that side (it may need to be a different size than the other side), and if suction from both tubes on your pump are working correctly. Or maybe rent a hospital grade pump for a while to see if that does or doesn't fix the problem, or go see a lactation specialist.
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Re: Pumping any ideas?

Try warm compress while pumping to help the milk let down. Are you stressed? If I'm at work pumping and I'm in a hurry or stressed my milk dosent always let down like it should and I still feel full.
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