My daughter is 3 months old and I returned to work when she was 8 weeks. I started pumping before then to try to ensure I would have enough milk, but have only managed to get 6 ozs at the most on any given day. I nurse her first thing in the morning and usually twice in the evening, then pump every two to three hours during the day. She also gets formula at daycare or I would never be able to meet demand. She is not gaining as quickly as the doctor would like, either. Any suggestions on how to increase my supply? Does 2 hour intervals for pumping improve the output?
Pumping on a regular basis is a good way to maintain and increase supply. If you want to try and boost your supply, you can try adding a pumping session after your feeding sessions at the breast. By doing this you will get more milk for storage and feeding, you will also more fully empty your breasts. This will signal your body to make more milk.
All the best,
Molly Petersen, CLC