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Old 03-02-2010, 08:19 PM - Thread Starter
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My son is 16 weeks, and today was my first day back to work. I'll be pumping at work, but I'm scared of a drop in supply. I could use some success stories from moms who have btdt to help me ease my worries a little!
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:50 PM
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You can do it!!

I went back to work part-time when my baby was 12 weeks old, and fulltime (4 days a week) around 4.5 months. I pump 2 or 3x a day, my supply hasn't dropped a bit, and I've been able to provide bottles of fresh bm since the day I started working. Plus, I have a very decent freezer stash! No supplemental formula needed.

I was WAY WAY too worried about my supply before returning to work. Hindsight is 20/20, but I caused myself alot of useless stress, when it turned out that I had no problems making enough bottles for her.
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I had to go back to work when our DS was 10 weeks old. I started out pumping twice a day, had no issues with the pump or getting enough milk for him. I kept it up until he was 17 months old!

A big key for me was supervisor support (so nobody questioned where I was going, or how long I was gone). Also important is having somewhere you're comfortable pumping without getting interrupted. The place I had wasn't great, but it had a plug in and the door locked so at least I knew I wouldn't be disturbed.

What worked great for me was to keep by pump and all bottles in an 18 can cooler with icepacks. It doesn't scream PUMP and let me keep the bottles at my desk so I didn't have to worry about using the communal refrigerator.

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You can do it!

I went back to work FT when my DD was 14/15 weeks old. I started off pumping 4 times a day, then slowly went down to 3 times a day when I realized I was getting the same amount of milk.

When she was 5 months old, I dropped to part time, working 3 days a week. I started pumping in the am before going to work, once at around 12, and again at 3. Pumping before leaving the house really helped me get enough milk for her. I would nurse on one side and pump the other (not usually at the same time).

If you see that your output is dropping, or if you're feeling stressed about ounces - RELAX. It will be ok. You will make up the ounces either at home, or the next day. Once AF returned for me, my supply would drop for a few days, and I'd freak out b/c I was so worried I was losing my milk! It wasn't the case.

I kept pumping until DD was 14 months old - and she is now 17 months and still nursing strong!

You can do this!

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I went back to work when DS was 7 weeks old, I work in the office 2-3 times a week and at home the other days. I have had no problem with supply, and usually have about 4 oz or one bottles worth more than actually necessary - this goes in the freezer when I remember to do it.

As a PP said, a good room in which to pump and support from your company is key. I have the Medela PISA so it has its own bag. I am sure it screams pump, but plenty of other women here pump so that doesn't bother me. I try to pump twice while at work, but I am not always able to. If I pump once I get 8 or 9 oz, if twice at least 12 oz.

you can do it!

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I went back to work when my boys were not quite 3 months old. I was a teacher, and pumped at my planning period, lunch, and after school. I was very strict about it, in that I didn't show up to a meeting until after I'd pumped. I made sure that administration knew that I was pumping prior to coming back to work.

For the first few weeks back to work, instead of pumping at my planning time someone actually brought the twins to me. I lived local to work and the boys were with family, making that possible.

I pumped for over a year, and while I did experience a dip in supply, it wasn't significant and I was able to keep ahead of their needs. I did make up the difference with evening pumpings, sometimes pumping in the morning if they didn't wake to nurse before I left in the morning.

Good luck! It can be done!

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I love pumping at work! This is my second week away from my 11 week old and pumping is going great. I can't believe how much it helps with the WOHM-guilt...I love that I get to just sit in a quiet room by myself and think about dd for a few minutes every couple of makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

There are four other women in my office who may have children in the next few years and I love that I'm setting a positive example for them by being the first person in my office to pump at work.

Before I left on maternity leave I was sure to tell my boss that I would be pumping when I came back (I didn't ask if it would be okay, just told him!). I asked to use a nice little kitchen area that doesn't get used very often and it's great. There's a sink and a refrigerator and a little table and chairs. I purposely leave the door open while I'm setting everything up and open it again right away while I'm washing and storing everything so that people see what I'm doing. I want to show the other women that it's not something to be embarassed about...hopefully I'll convince a few that it's okay!

Anyway, I had a hard time building up a freezer stash, so that stresses me out a little bit. I tend to pump exactly what dd eats while I'm gone. Every once in a while I can add an ounce or two to the 30 or so that I have in the freezer, but not often. I wonder though if she just eats what is in the bottle and would eat less if there was less in the bottle??? Probably...
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you're going to do great.
I've been working ft for a month, but worked one full day/week for a while.
this is an awesome website:
You'll notice you'll start doing very well with it when you develop a routine, pumping at the same time every day.
my dd is 4 months, and i pump 3 times at work and once before i leave home after she eats.
before i went back, i did a "pretend" feeding at night to build a stash, but have since dropped that one.
i like to drink a cup of nursing tea while i pump..
depending on where you work, you may find another mama or two to talk pumping shop with, too..
and don't forget the most wonderful of things-- the rubber band trick...
good luck!!!!!

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I went back to work when my daughter was 2 months old. I started out pumping 3 times a day and have just recently cut back to twice a day and I have never really had a supply issue and she has never been supplemented with formula. I am lucky that I was able to start building up a freezer stash before I went back to work and was able to add to it periodically over the first few months when I was pumping 3 times a day.

Just know that you can do it and try to relax as much as you can while you are pumping. I try to bring a book with me and read while I am pumping so that I am nice and relaxed. I also have a picture of DD in my pump bag and that really helped out at first.

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Well, days 1 & 2, so far so good--I worked 2 half days and was able to pump 5 1/2oz one day and 7 the next, over 2 pumping sessions on each day. The first day was hard to find time--I had an hour debrief meeting with my boss, then everyone wanted to stop by and see baby pics, then we had lunch. But both days I've been able to nurse 3x before I go to work (one benefit of our early riser). Today is my first full day. Thanks for your stories--they really help!!
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Good job on your first few days back!

I also pump just twice a day, and was suprised to see my supply steadily increase-- until AF came back this week . you get used to the pump.

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