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February 2nd, 2012, 03:54 AM
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So I went back to work Monday and I just barely got what he drank. Now everyday since then I'm getting a little less. I don't know what to do. Adding a session isn't really a choice, at least not everyday. I'm a teacher so there are only so many breaks I can take.

I have a 45-60 min commute so I've been power pumping to and from work. Will this help produce more eventually?
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February 2nd, 2012, 04:23 AM
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Power pumping on the way to and from work is a great idea. You can also pump at home in the evenings or a night after he gets done eating. I did that to help up how much milk I had for the next day, because I wasn't pumping near enough at work either.
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February 2nd, 2012, 06:06 PM
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I never was able to pump more than just exactly what he needed for the next day - 12 oz. It was nervewracking because I was always worried about what would happen if my supply went down, but it stayed consistent for >6 months, so it worked out. It kind of sucked because I could never skip a pumping session when things got busy at work, but I made it through.
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February 3rd, 2012, 10:30 AM
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What is power pumping?
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February 5th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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There is a sticky here about it but from what I understand you just pump on and off in 10 min increments for an hour. I've noticed if I pump for 10 min or so it slows down. But if I stop for a few minutes and break the suction when I turn it back on I'll letdown again. When Im pumping at work I can tell there's more in there but itll stop flowing so that's when I take a break for a few minutes.
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February 5th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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I've seen this I've started power pumping at each pump.
(I exclusively pump to bottle feed dd)

Every like 2 hours I pump. I start on the right side and pump for about 8 to 10 min.
Then go to my left and pump 8 to 10 then repeat on right and left.
This has really helped my second let down on each side.
I can get about 3 to 5 ounces per session this way and it seems I've got more milk like this too?
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