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So...I head back to work next Tuesday and I'm a little worried about my milk stash.
Annalise has become more efficient at draining me when she BF and is also drinking more. I've tried pumping after she's nursed just to get some milk in my stash and there's normally not more than ounce or two left in my BBs.
I've got a few 12oz bags in the deep freeze but not nearly enough for even a week's worth of feedings.
I'm worried I won't have enough when I head back to work. Any suggestions?
you'll be pumping at work, right? You don't need a huge amount frozen to successfully pump and feed your baby. Unless for some weird reason your kiddo ends up drinking way more from the bottle than what you pump while you are away... I guess that is a possibility? Like if you need to feed 3 bottles 3oz each while you are gone, that's 9oz, as long as you can pump that while you're at work, you only need 9oz in the freezer to get you started, because the next day you can just feed what you pumped the previous day. Make sense?
It's a good idea to have a small buffer of extra milk in case of accidental spills/days when she's more hungry/etc. But it sounds like you've got that established already. It'll take a few days to figure out how much she eats vs. how much you pump, after that you'll know if you need to do something to try to up your supply.
With my DS1, I always pumped more than he ate. By the time he weaned when he was 2.5 I had about 100oz in the freezer that just ended up getting tossed out because he wouldn't drink it from a cup!
Okay that makes me feel a little better. I only have roughly 40oz in the freezer but am still managing to have at least 3-4 extra ounces in a day of pumped. She's eating about 4oz a feeding and I'll be working 12hr shifts. So I'll aim to have at least 3 feedings worth for the sitter.
I'm hoping on my days off to strictly nurse her to keep my supply up. FX!
I am always worried about this too and then quickly realize there was no need. You will likely get at least 3oz per pumping session, so if you pump 3-4 x you will have enough for the next day. I also try to squeeze in an extra session on my way to work using the hands free bra to pump and drive. Also, have the sitter offer 3oz bottles and then wait a bit to make sure she is still hungry before feeding more. milk comes out way fast from the bottle and baby might eat more than she needs because she doesn't realize she is full. Feed her right before you leave and don't let them feed her two hours before you get home so she will be nice and hungry for you. eat a little something every two hours and drink plenty of water. You will be fine!