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How Does Not Being Able To Pump/Feed Impact My Supply?

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September 22nd, 2012, 05:46 PM
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So I am faced with having to go back to work soon, and job prospects are slim. My 'worst case scenerio' would be having to go back to my old job at a restaurant.

It's generally a 6 hour shift with a 45 minute commute, but there would be no way I could leave in the middle of a rush to go pump milk. The best I could do would be to make sure she eats and I pump so I'm as empty as can be, then pump again as soon as I'm off before I even leave. Though this would still mean I'm missing a few feedings.

So now my question, if I end up having to do this would this impact my supply overall, or just during that time period? [As in, I don't produce as much milk during the times I'm working, but other times I make the same amount] My baby is also 7 months old and recently started on solids as well.

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September 22nd, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Could u pump on your commute ?
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September 22nd, 2012, 06:32 PM
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No I couldn't but even if I could there is still at least a six hour gap where I can't pump so I'm not sure how helpful that would be.

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September 22nd, 2012, 09:59 PM
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This is essentially the same situation that I faced when I went back to work when my oldest son was nine months. (Except that I was away at work for nine hours each day, not 6). Everyone's body is different, but just speaking from personal experience, my supply adjusted perfectly well so that I produced just as much milk as he needed during the hours I was at home with him and stopped producing while I was away at work. I had not stockpiled a really good quantity of pumped breastmilk by that point, so we ended up supplementing with formula while I was away at work, and it worked perfectly fine for us. I was able to continue nursing him easily enough during the hours that I was home, which was good enough for me. Don't stress! I will say, however, that I was pretty darn sore (and leaking) during that first week or so I was away, so be careful to plan for that.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do! Your body is remarkably resilient. You'll be surprised how easily it adjusts to fit your situation.

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September 23rd, 2012, 09:09 AM
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it should adjust and i would get to work 15 minutes early and pump there and then pump before you leave (your breast are not going to ever be empty!). I also found i had to pump a lot on my days off/when i was not at work, to get enough milk for when i was at work.

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September 23rd, 2012, 05:12 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I was a little conflicted cause on one hand when babies start sleeping through the night it just adjusts for that time period...but I had also heard a lot of people stressing the importance of pumping anytime you are away from your baby and working.

I have been taking fenugreek to boost my supply to start freezing some milk so I'm hoping that will get us through the one year mark without having to give formula.

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