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A friendly public service announcement to those who are pumping:
I have been blessed with an ample supply of milk. I pump twice during a nine hour workday (once around lunchtime and a second time on my way home). I nurse twice in the morning and 2 or 3 times in the evening. Morgan sleeps all night and I rarely pump during the night. I only need to pump twice to get what she needs for a day. Yesterday I pumped around lunchtime and barely pumped anything. I went from pumping 4-5 ounces on each side to pumping about 3 ounces total. I was freaking out that my supply is suffering. I Googled and Googled last night, freaking myself out even more. I stumbled on a forum thread relating to my pump (Ameda Purely Yours) and a bunch of people were saying that replacing the valves on their pump made a world of difference. I don't remember reading anything about replacing those parts in the manual, but I happened to have extras so I changed them. What a world of difference. I'm pumping my normal amount.
The moral of the story: change valves or other fragile parts regularly. It really does matter.
Wow! Super jealous of your pumping schedule. I have serious supply, but I have to pump a lot to get it all. I can store 15-20 oz a day beyond what she eats, but I have to pump a bunch to get it. I also can't go that many hours without pumping. After about 3 hours, I HURT if I haven't pumped. Even if I feed her, she doesn't totally empty me and I need to pump to get it all out. I wish I could pump just twice during my work day and still function. I also don't seem to get more output if I wait longer to pump. I might get a little bit more, but not anything proportionate. I so wish I could do your schedule...
I got engorged very quickly early on but that seems to have worked itself out. Depending on how much DD nurses before bed I sometimes wake up around 2 or 3 and need to pump but that doesn't happen as much as it used to. I experienced my first plugged duct this afternoon so I pumped extra to clear it out. That hurt!