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

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September 22nd, 2012, 05:48 PM
-Bailey-'s Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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[Also posted in Breastfeeding]

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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October 21st, 2012, 08:27 PM
katylady's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I'm not as active as I was when I wasn't working but I was/am faced with a similar situation. I only pump once during my work day and it seems to work out. I pump in the mornings right when I wake up then at lunch, then sometimes at night before bed.

dd is the same age as your little one, I pump about 5 ounces each time and it seems to be working out during the day for her and I. I hope it is working out for you if you did take the job.
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