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August 8th, 2011, 07:08 PM
365seasons's Avatar Veteran
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Hey moms,
I have been EBF my little one for 4.5 months now, and started pumping every morning around 2 months, to build up a supply.
I returned to my part time job (couple evenings a week) and my babe absolutely refuses a bottle/sippy cup. You name it, we've tried it. In his mind, theres no substitution for the boob. I shortened my shifts, and we're waiting until he's ready until I start going more.

For the last 6-8 weeks I haven't been pumping more than once a week, and I'm getting less and less milk everytime.. Now, we've been starting rice cereal and I'm starting to use up some of my supply.

I'd like to keep a supply in the freezer for when I eventually wean. Before, I fed off the right side all night, and pumped off the left in the AM. I consistently got 5oz's every morning. Now I'm LUCKY to squeeze 2.5-3 out of both breasts.

Should I just start a daily pumping routine again?? I've got a toddler and my LO eats a LOT throughout the day, so I find it super tricky to be rigging up the pump, pumping and clean up too often.

Suggestions!? Thanks in advance.
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August 9th, 2011, 06:54 AM
-erin-'s Avatar Co-Host of the May2010 PR
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Well, your body has probably regulated it's supply now to make just enough milk for your baby, so anything you get by pumping in addition to nursing is just extra. If you consistently pump for a bit it may start to go up, but 3oz is a good amount if you're just pumping once in a while.

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