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#1 of 6 Old 02-05-2010, 03:45 PM - Thread Starter
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I own my own business. On one hand, I've managed to create the flexibility of working 3x/week, and taking baby with me or working from home the other days.

My baby is 8 months old and goes to daycare those 3x/week. He's been EBF except for starting some solids. He loved solids at first, though now he's slid backwards since being sick a few times.

Though I'm the "boss", and can't get in trouble for pumping too much, I am finding it increasingly difficult to have any time at all during the day to pump. The buck stops with me, and sometimes I'm in the middle of a crisis, or often simply just trying to squeeze in my work. And of course I've been playing catch-up since he's been born and I took more time off at first.

What is the minimum times I can pump to maintain my supply? Usually I end up pumping twice, but lately I really only feel I can squeeze in 1 pumping. I've never had a problem with supply. I've been getting up 1st thing in the morning and doing a pumping session where I've been getting anywhere from 5-9 oz. Then my other sessions I get anywhere from 4-8 oz. each time (decreasing when the day goes on). When I'm getting my period, this decreases to 2-4 oz.

Baby has been very random on how much he is eating while at daycare. Some days he will drink 15 oz. Other days he will only take 1 4oz bottle.

I want to make it 1 full year of breastfeeding being his main source of nutrition. After that, I'm willing for cow's milk to play a role, and of course increasing solids. I'm not necessarily looking to have him nurse until 3-4 years old. I'm ok with weaning anytime between 1 & 2.

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I'm a stay at home mom, but with my girl sometimes I can only get 3 sessions in before she goes to bed. There are supplements to take to increase your supply, they can be found somewhere on this site. But I found that I make sure I drain myself REALLY well when I pump and stay up for an extra pumping session I can go a 8 to 9 hr stretch and maintain the same amount per day. I've heard of people who put their pumps in backpacks and vacuum, do laundry... etc, we're women, we can multi-task! Good luck! Also, mine does vary her eating as well, but she's 6 mo now, she can take anywhere from 4 to 7 oz 5 to 6x per day.
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Well, I'd love to be able to pump while vaccuuming or doing laundry. However, I already do one AM pump before getting LO up. The rest of the day is working in my business where I'm having trouble finding the time. I already do multi-task while pumping, but it is difficult to be efficient. When I'm not working, the LO likes to nurse a lot, so I don't want to be using my milk up by extra pumping!

I'm just curious if going all day (up to 10 hrs) with only 1 pumping session will affect my supply. And I do have a good supply to begin with, so that's not an issue. I just don't want to screw up a good thing.
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I expressed at work until my son was one. I only expressed once in an 8- to 9- hour day, and my supply was fine. I would also feed my son as soon as I got home and express from the other at the same time.

That said, I think supply varies with each mum, and I think you'll need to find out for yourself. However, given that you say you've not had any supply issues, and that you are only away from your baby 3 days a week, it sounds to me as if you may very well find that you are fine with only one expressing session while at work - especially if those are not 3 consecutive days.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on!
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Do you pump on the days you are home or he is with you at work? Mornings or evenings? My personal experience, YMMV, is that by 8 months I was able to pump once during an 8 hour day and maintain my supply. I tried to have a freezer stock in case I was unable to pump. I worked as a homevisiting social worker so I was constantly on the road (and never got the hang of handsfree pumping) and in someone's home. I tried to be consistent but it was very hard. On the days I went without pumping at work, I'd pump about 2 hours after they went to bed. If my freezer stash was low, I'd pump in the am before they got up and then again at night.

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It probably depends on the mom...but, I often don't get to pump at all and as soon as I got to that point my supply plummeted. Have you thought about using a manual (easy to set up) to pump for 5mins here or there?
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