I returned to work 4 days ago, leaving my 7 week old at home. She was eating 3 oz. every 2 1/2 to 3 hours but was not seeming satisfied so we have increased her feelings to 4 oz. each time. The problem now is that I can't keep up with her demand while at work. I feed her around 6:30 in the morning before work and then I pump three times during the work day (10,12, and 2). I then feed her right when I get home from work. Do you have any advice on increasing my supply so that the babysitters don't have to resort to formula when my freezer stash runs out? Thanks!
Great job with what you have been doing so far but I do understand from personal experience what this juggle is like especially after returning to work. Baby is generally the best way to remove milk from your breast so whenever you are together, nurse rather than having someone else feed her with your milk. Is your baby is sleeping through the night? If not keep up with her feedings through the night but if not, you may want to consider adding a pumping session before you go to bed and then getting up a little earlier before she wakes to pump again. You dont have to do a full pumping in case you are worried about her having a good session when you feed her at 6:30 but this will stimulate your body to make more milk. I know this sounds daunting to get up early but adding that session in will help with stimulation and building up more freezer stash. When my babies started sleeping through the night, I would pump before going to bed and then wake up around 2:30 or so to pump so it was not too long of a stretch between feedings or stimulation. It also helps and research has shown that gently massaging your breasts before and during pumping also helps elicit more milk. It is also important to try to make sure that your breast is as drained as possible (look for your milk streams to slow down or stop flowing when you are pumping to know it is getting drained) because the body will replenish what is drained. Research also shows that a warm breast elicits more milk so I would also recommend using a warm pack like our Therapearl warmed around your breast pump flange.
Best wishes and let us know if you have any other questions!
Gina Ciagne, CLC