I feel pretty proud of how I've stuck with it. It's definitely grueling to pump at every break and after school, and definitely isolating. Plus I keep having to deflect students and parents from why the room is sometimes locked. I can see how some people decide to stop breastfeeding when they go back to work. It's just SO important to me that I've been stubborn through supply drops and cracked nipples.
Originally Posted by cat13
Tear, on your days off, do you notice any difference in A? How is her weight, diapers, etc? If her personality is the same and all else is good, my guess is that your body just isn't responding as well to the pump as it used to. This happened to me a couple months ago, along with the return of AF. I went from pumping 14-16 oz in 3 sessions, to getting 10-12 oz in 4 sessions. Now, I know that as a teacher you have a more rigid schedule for pumping than I do, since I'm in an office. How much does A take while you are gone?
I think that as long as A is happy and isn't eating more than you make in any given day, then you are all good! If you find yourself digging into your freezer stash, then maybe you can add an extra pump in at night (easier said than done, I know!). I also found good success with More Milk Plus tincture from Motherlove and CalMag supplements during AF. Good luck!
Thanks, cat! A seems to be chugging along happy as always, so I think we're fine. She's not eating more than I pump while I'm gone, but she's also having solids, and I get nervous that she'll start to wean prematurely. But I really don't think she will, since she loves to nurse when I get home. I drink a nursing support tea and eat oatmeal every morning. I definitely feel like my schedule is rigid: I'm always double-pumping one-handed while cramming my lunch in my face or planning with my other hand. I feel like I should get extra breaks, but as a teacher it's logistically hard and I haven't asked because I'd have to plan something for a sub to do with my class while I pump.
elove, DD definitely is a night nurser, though I honestly sleep-haze my way through it so I'm not sure how often. I nurse her when I get home (if I get home early enough), then again before dinner at around 5:30, then again before bed at around 7:30, and at night around 9, sometimes midnight and/or 3, usually 4:30, and always before I leave at 6:30. I think she just wakes up more often if she's more hungry.
I feel really lucky that I have a week off right now to nurse hardcore. I think it will probably help with my supply. But if I'm still not getting maximum output after break, I'll probably start pumping at night again after A is in bed.
Carlyle, I hope you had fun camping! I almost called you and then remembered taht's where you are. I miss you!
Thanks for the support as always!