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AAAGGGGHHHHHH!! I work 3 days a week and pump those days and I just can't take it anymore!!!! The days where I don't pump as much as usually really stress me out! LIke today!! I've pumped about 3oz less then normal and how am I going to feed my baby the next working day????? Then to top it off, I spill it all over my desk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Not a good bf day at all, really makes me want to quite and just wean early. I just can't stand the pressure of having enough!!!
 

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Okay, I suppose I posted this for support, cause deep down I know I don't want to quit, just really hate it sometimes, yk?
 

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I'm a WOH pumping Mama too, and I feel our pain! I just wiped out hte freezer stash yesterday<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> - DS drinks 12 oz./day, and I pump 10. I get nothing on the weekends/at night b/c he's eating constantly. I also just get depressed when those little bottles don't fill right up. Does your DC eat solids yet? My DS is starting to REALLY get interested, which is taking the pressure off a bit. It also doesn't help that people at my workplace think I'm a freak for pumping. Know that folks here support you and are rooting for you to succeed!
 

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Ahhhh, thank you for the response! Guess just hearing from someone else who is in the same place helps!<br><br>
Really, your ds only takes 12oz a day? How long are you away from him? I assume you mean 12oz while your gone, then you nurse when you get home? Zane takes 15oz a day and I only make 9-10oz, so we are supplimenting with formula since my freezer stash was used up 3 weeks ago.<br><br>
Hmmmm, wonder if Z would take less? I just keep doing the 15oz assuming he needs it, but maybe not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I WOH full time. I decided to start pumping on my days off and in the early mornings. Someone here suggested to just feed from one side all night and then pump the other breast in the morning, and I do that. I usually get about 3 oz. sometimes more and sometimes less. (When I switched which breast it was, I got a big bonus!)<br><br>
I do that every day, whether I work or not. I am only about two feedings ahead in my freezer stash, but we have not had to supplement. I also have taken galactalogue herbs (fenugreek, blessed thistle and nettle) on the theory that I need an oversupply to keep this pumping thing going. I also pump three times a day at work, which I can do because I have my own office with a door that shuts. (and it's why I'm always here, I check these boards while I pump!) I do one session on my lunch hour. The pumping does disrupt my concentration at work a bit.<br><br>
It IS a lot of pressure! Now that my son is eating solids a little, it's a little less overwhelming. I leave about 12-15 oz./day at home in the fridge.
 

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Hats off to you mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I just wanted to express my respect for all that you do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by CyndyRR327</i><br><b>Ahhhh, thank you for the response! Guess just hearing from someone else who is in the same place helps!<br><br>
Really, your ds only takes 12oz a day? How long are you away from him? I assume you mean 12oz while your gone, then you nurse when you get home? Zane takes 15oz a day and I only make 9-10oz, so we are supplimenting with formula since my freezer stash was used up 3 weeks ago.<br><br>
Hmmmm, wonder if Z would take less? I just keep doing the 15oz assuming he needs it, but maybe not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></b></td>
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LOL, yes...I nurse him 5-6 times while I'm home, and he takes the 12 oz. while I'm away (7:30 to 5:30 or thereabouts). Nursing is the last thing we do before I leave, and the first thing when I come through the door!
 

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i'm a pumping working mama too. with my ds, in the begining, i felt the same way - a lot of times i was barely keeping up with him. when i finally got ahead, my freezer at home went down and i lost the stash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> man, i still tear up thinking about that. what really helped me in the end was eating oatmeal every morning. i was finally able to build up enough to donate some!<br><br>
this time around, i am somedays pumping twice what dd drinks. she drinks 9-12 oz, and i have pumped as much as 24 in two pumpings! the reason for this, though, is that on the days i'm home, i'm nursing two kids. on the days i work, i'm only pumping for one. so tandem nursing has its benefits in this department.<br><br>
anyhow, i just wanted to let you know that you're doing a great job and to keep it up. even if your dc's have to have some formula along with all the good bm their getting, it's better than if they weren't getting any bm at all! remember that you're going further than a lot of WOTH moms do - a lot of them never bf int he first place because they think they won't be able to work and bf at the same time!
 

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I have no idea what you are dealing with. I have been able to SAH with my babe from day one. I have immense respect and awe for those of you who are so commited to breastfeeding that you keep at it under tought circumstances like this. Pumping at work is a far cry from sweet milky smiles and snuggles. There should be awards for those of you who persevere like this.
 

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It can be really hard to keep up, especially when your self worth seems to be tied to how much you pump, or don't, in a day. I went back to work when dd was 9 weeks old and pumped until she was about 13 mos, she weaned at 20 mos. She only had one bottle of formula and that was when I was late coming home from work.<br><br>
My tricks- pump one side while nursing in the morning. Your body should adjust to whenever you do it, but if you do it first thing in the morning, it's easiest. I also did it first thing when I got home. So, I pumped morning before I left, 3x at work (8-9 hr day) and once when I got home. I'd also try to sneak a pumping or two in on the weekend. On the weekends, I didn't get much- only an ounce or so, but an extra ounce here and there can make the difference.<br><br>
Check the valves on your pump to be sure they're working most efficiently. If it's been more than a few months, they may need to be replaced.<br><br>
Drink lots of water, eat oatmeal (cookies, instant, whatever), try the herbs mentioned from another poster.<br><br>
If your baby is old enough for solids, try to have the daycare do the solids. You want to nurse as much as possible, and if the baby has some solids, you can stretch out the milk you've pumped.<br><br>
Try not to stress about it. I know, easier said than done, but you're doing a great job. You can do it and you will.
 

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This is exactly what we've done. So far, DS gets lunch everyday and he gets it at daycare. We're going to try adding a bit of breakfast, too, and that will be at daycare as well. As he's 8 months, I think solids are a better choice for us at this point than formula, but I'd probably feel differently if he was younger. That way, he just nurses when he's at home, and usually gets in 5 feedings (when I get home, bedtime, 2 overnight, and right before school).<br><br>
At first I was concerned that his bottles weren't enough, but I took him for a weight check. I was basically laughed at (in a nice way) - he is still gaining really well, and is the picture of health.
 

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COOKIES COUNT???? I surely can do that!! LOL I absolutely hate oatmeal, I've tried it several different times and the flavored ones that sound so good, and I still hate it! Bummer I know.<br><br>
We do lots of solids, he gets breakfast, lunch and dinner. He gets oatmeal and fruit for bfast, veggies and rice cake for lunch and then some meat and fruit/veggie for dinner (this is all baby food jars, except for the rice cakes). then he also gets the 15oz while at daycare.<br><br>
I am pumping on the weekend, but guess I'm just not committed enough to pump every day at home. What I pump on the weekend does make up the 15oz for day 1&2 at daycare, so usually he is only getting formula suppliment for one day about 6-8oz. So guess that makes 6-8 oz a week of formula. I think there is no way i could pump and nurse at the same time, my ds has got to be the MOST ACTIVE kid. I can barely get him to nurse without being distracted adding a pump for him to be interested would have me pulling my hair out! LOL<br><br>
omg eclipse! That is awful about your freezer stash!! I would have been crying too!! One time I forgot and left 7oz in the car overnight and I cried over that!!!<br><br>
Thanks ladies for your support, it really does make all the difference!!!!
 

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If he is eating 3 meals now, could you cut one out? This would increase the amt of your milk he gets in a week. Do you feed the the supper solids? Could you nurse him instead? then cut out one of the solids meals on the weekends as well(or give him less at each meal)? the more you nurse him when together, the more your nursing hormones will go up, the more you will be able to pump.<br><br>
If he is eating so many solids, why would you be sad about formula anyway? It is just food, just like all the other stuff. Just something to think about. I would caution you not to give food or formula with added iron. He gets plenty of iron in your breastmilk and unless he is anemic, he does not need more.
 

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Cyndy,<br><br>
The comment about stress is important.<br><br>
Stress hinders the release of oxytocin, required for a letdown.<br><br>
Try a variety of things to keep your anxiety levels down while pumping. Try to concentrate on what you are providing for your child instead of what you aren't able to provide (concentrate on ounces gotten instead of lack of ouces gotten...). Try not to look at the bottles while you pump, just listen to the drops hitting the bottom. I've heard this described as "ounce anxst".<br><br>
Oatmeal: I hate mushy oatmeal. Try finding thick rolled oats, the kind that you need to soak or cook for a long time. They maintain their character once cooked. You can make a batch once a week and just nuke it for breakfast. If that still doesn't float your boat, try eating granola. I make my own and it's 75% oats.<br><br>
Good luck! Pumping sucks (har har). You are to be commended for your efforts. Remember, pumping is as much an art as nursing a baby, but not nearly as satisfying.
 

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Put oatmeal in everything. I make a meatloaf with oatmeal in it and when I'm feeling less than milky, I eat oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It doesn't have to be a bowl of mushy stuff, either. You can make oatmeal banana muffins, oatmeal cookies...etc.<br><br>
Also, how about a different pump? A pump that works for me may not work as well for you. Perhaps you need a different type of horn. How about pumping more often? If you pump once at work, why not try pumping twice?<br><br>
I agree with DaryLLL about the solids. It makes me sad because it's fun to watch him play with his food, but I have to let dcp do all the weekday solids. I only get to spoon feed him on weekends. I save new foods for ME to try with him because I want to see the first bite.<br><br>
I'm rambling. Anyway, I think you've gotten a lot of great advice here. Don't be so hard on yourself. 6-8oz of formula a week is so much better than four times that much every DAY. You hang in there, mama.<br><br>
One more thing: Do you cosleep? Once I returned to work, my son started to nurse a lot more at night. Now that he scooches, I don't even know how much he's nursing because I sleep through many latch-ons. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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