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Full time working moms - Curious inquiry

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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I went back to work (for a busy dermatology surgcial office, I surgical assist and manage the practice) when my newest Ashlyn was 4 1/2 months old.  I was pumping every 2-3 hours or so and bringing home about 16-24 oz a day and I did that until about 3 months ago, coincidentally when my period started.  Now she is over 10 months, still nursing, and I am only able to pump about 5-10 oz a day while at work.  My pumping sessions went from every 2-3 hours to every 4 hours, if I am lucky.  She eats regular food these days (she has 8 teeth, almost walking, etc).  I nurse throughout the night whenever she wants, I let her sleep in bed with us... I nurse when I am getting ready to leave for the day at about 4am and nurse her shortly after I get home, around 4pm...

I want to go at least a year, more if she wants.  My husband wants our room back so he is pushing me to stop as close to a year as possible.  I just love nursing!  I drink about 40 ounces of mothers milk tea mixed with a small amount of lemonade each day just to try to keep up.  I am sometimes able to restock my freezer stash, which always makes me feel good.

I am just curious as to what other working moms do?  Are you in the same boat?  Similar decrease in pumping supply?  What are your plans?  Any tips to keep it going?



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MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
How many hours are you gone? 8-10 oz is plenty for a 10 hour day easy with solids. I only pump on occasion but iI have had this decrease too. I used to pump eight ounces at a time. Now I'm lucky if i get 2 ounces.
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alexis6879
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM



Quoting MommyO2-6631:

How many hours are you gone? 8-10 oz is plenty for a 10 hour day easy with solids. I only pump on occasion but iI have had this decrease too. I used to pump eight ounces at a time. Now I'm lucky if i get 2 ounces.


I am usually gone for about 10-14 hours depending on whats going on at my office.  I am lucky if I get about 2-3 per sitting.  How old is your child?

stepconfused182
by Kelley on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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My output never changed the entire 9 months I pumped. I went back to work 12 weeks post partum and pumped for 9 months. I know that most women do see their supply decrease over time and this is perfectly normal. Yours still sounds great!
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justone_jen
by Jen on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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I'm separated from mine for almost twelve hours, but she reverse cycled and was only taking six ounces or so while I was gone, until I weaned from the pump completely just after a year. Now she just nurses at home and has solids while I'm gone.

You only need 1-1.25 ounces per hour of separation (no matter baby's age).
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justone_jen
by Jen on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM
The only thing I think may help is adding a session, maybe in the morning, with baby latched on one side. If not then, definitely add one at work.
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MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Apr. 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM
He's 9.5 months


Quoting alexis6879:




Quoting MommyO2-6631:

How many hours are you gone? 8-10 oz is plenty for a 10 hour day easy with solids. I only pump on occasion but iI have had this decrease too. I used to pump eight ounces at a time. Now I'm lucky if i get 2 ounces.



I am usually gone for about 10-14 hours depending on whats going on at my office.  I am lucky if I get about 2-3 per sitting.  How old is your child?


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bebe_ju-rah
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM
My output never changed. I nursed for 13 months
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A.J.s_mommy
by Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM
Mine is changing as well. I'm gone 12-13 hrs 3 days a week. I try to pump often, but I'm a nurse and sometimes it just isn't possible. I want to at least make it to one year as well. She's 6 months now.
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Kris_PBG
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM
Once my boys turned 12 months, I slowly started weaning off the pump. By 14 months, we nursed at home, they drank water at daycare and had no issues until they weaned.
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KJH78
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

My supply changed out of nowhere and I just happen to see the white circles that attach to the yellow piece (Medela) was looking old so I replaced it. My supply went back up, so I would suggest replacing some of the little pieces that may be worn out (even if they don't look worn out) and see if that helps.

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