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mamamac 10-30-2006 08:55 PM

Working Mom's
I am actually asking this for my neighbor...

She works full-time, Monday thru Friday, and is starting to see that by the end of the week her milk supply is down. But after feeding the baby (4 months) over the weekend, its back up on Monday. She obviously pumps 2x at work. I told her about Fenugreek but are there any other suggestions I can give her.

Shawna_L 10-30-2006 09:14 PM

Re: Working Mom's
I find that pumping 2x/day isn't enough for me. On the days I work I pump three times a day. I also pump while DS nurses on the other side first thing in the morning.

I've also noticed that when I'm working I'm somtimes so busy that I don't drink as much water as I do at home, it seriously impacts my supply if I'm not careful. So now I make sure to tote a full water bottle with me everywhere.

That's what helps here. :goodvibes:

doberbrat 10-30-2006 09:37 PM

Re: Working Mom's
add a pump in before bedtime (thats what I'm doing right now) and pump on the weekends. thats the only way for me.

gala 10-31-2006 01:04 PM

Re: Working Mom's
I have exactly the same reaction - Mondays are great, Thursdays not so much. Fridays, oddly enough, are better than Thursday, but that could be because I bring my double electric pump home with me on the weekends.

No advice, except encourage her to pump more during the day. Frequency not duration will help keep her supply up.

TheRossFamily 11-02-2006 02:49 PM

Re: Working Mom's
That's absolutely to be expected. The baby just does a much better job than the pump. If she is looking to increase her milk production because she isn't keeping up with the amount her child eats while she is gone, I would suggest what the pp have said. Pump an extra time. This will empty the breasts and produce a let-down, which signals the body to make more. She could also try massage during pumping, or breast compression(compress and release). Or she could try reversing his schedule and have him nurse more at night(but I don't know how anyone could do this and hold down a fulltime job!) On the other hand, if she is producing enough milk and baby is happy, mom can be happy with what she is doing now. Sounds like her body is adjusting fine to the schedule. Tell her she is doing a great job and giving her baby the best!

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