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Ok this has only just occurred this week, so it may not even be an issue in another week, but I wanted to mull it over with those who know.<br><br>
I WOHM, so I pump at work and EBF when home. Last week, I was pumping high volumes, even in the pm when I usually have considerably less than am. DD's (4mo) been in the past few weeks nursing from both sides when before she was only a one-sider. She had been getting 2 oz bottles at feedings, but last week we bumped it to 2.5- 3 oz because she just seems hungrier.<br><br>
This week, it seems I'm pumping far less than last. I'm barely managing to stay in step with her bottle consumption (I'm neck and neck rather than a bit over, which is what I'd prefer). It seems when I'm home too, she's fussier and wants to be at the breast for hours. I just switch her side to side when it seems she's through with one. I hope she's getting enough.<br><br>
But when I'm done on one side, or finished a pumping session, it feels like my breasts are still full. Or rather a minute or so when finished feeding/pumping, it feels like I need to pump again. So I've tried it on my lunch hour - extending the pumping, and got no results. But really I feel SO full. still. And she seems hungrier, but I don't know that it's all coming out, based on how full I feel. I don't know that it's a plugged duct because I've had one before and it hurt. I"m not hurting now, just feeling really full.<br><br>
Hmm, anyone btdt or have any ideas?
 

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Not sure. If you've only recently started back at work, maybe you're breasts are just adjusting to the pumping?<br><br>
The other thought I had is that 2.5 oz sounds low for a 4 month old. Aren't they usually getting 4-6 oz per feeding at that age? Maybe this stuff is still working itself out.<br><br>
You say yours is fussy and wants to nurse all the time..... could be a growth spurt, or maybe she's teething. See if she is content to chew on a toy once you get too sore to keep nursing, or if she really does want more to eat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Not sure. If you've only recently started back at work, maybe you're breasts are just adjusting to the pumping?<br><br>
The other thought I had is that 2.5 oz sounds low for a 4 month old. Aren't they usually getting 4-6 oz per feeding at that age? Maybe this stuff is still working itself out.<br><br>
You say yours is fussy and wants to nurse all the time..... could be a growth spurt, or maybe she's teething. See if she is content to chew on a toy once you get too sore to keep nursing, or if she really does want more to eat.</div>
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Hmm. Well I've been back to work since she was 5 weeks old. I've been going off what Kellymom says on their calculator, on how to feed her. It says on their "hw much expressed milk will my baby need" page:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months.</td>
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So that's why I'm doing the 2 oz thing. Well that and info from the rest of the page. I hope she doesn't need more inher bottles, because I'd never be able to pump as much.<br><br>
She's only recently (the past few days) been acting like she wants to nurse more and more. I don't mind her nursing (I don't usually get sore), but I have things to do (mainly diapers and bottle washing), and we can't nurse in a sling, so it leaves me really tied down. IDK, maybe it's a ride it out for a while sort of thing?
 

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i get the full feeling after pumping and I just pump for longer and I can sometimes coax another let-down. even after getting no milk for the last 8-10 minutes of the pumping session.
 

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Hmm I will try that on my lunch break.<br><br>
Seems I've got a plugged duct on the right. Surprise for me! Meh<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Teeny, I have been feeling this way too.<br><br>
What kind of pump are you using?<br><br>
I have a manual, and I am really thinking that I need an electric.<br><br>
Henry has been seeming to need more milk in his bottles to, I have also been following the Kelly mom calculator. He is also nursing like all day<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> so I have been block feeding again.<br><br>
Let me know if you come up with anything...I feel the same way you do.
 

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anything...I still feel this way and it seems to be getting worse.
 

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nak...an idea out of the blue: could it be hormonal breast swelling? such as with impending af?<br><br>
hope it sorts itself out for you!
 

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maybe check your pump to make sure its not leaking anywhere? like the little flaps that open and close as it cycles? Those are supposed to be replaced occasionally.<br><br>
My PIS leaks air from this one little rubber thing on the front. I can hear it and when I push it in it goes away. Need to investigate that...
 

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<span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-size:small;"><span style="color:#0000FF;">Have you tried hand-expressing? Once you get the hang of it, it does a much better job and faster too. I could never get it all out with the pump, but with my hands I can get my boob completely flat if I want (I don't encourage completely emptying unless you want to increase your supply, which is the case here).<br><br>
I never have felt like there was another drop after Jade was done with me though, so obviously this is not your problem, but it could help 5o% of it, and maybe even massage out that duct!<br><br><br>
Jade's Mama</span></span></span>
 
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