This is my second time nursing and pumping. I was able to exclusively breastfeed my first child for the first six months. When I went back to work, I was concerned about the quantity of milk I was expressing.
I would dutifully go to an empty conference room and lock the door. I would close my eyes, imagine my baby and flowing rivers of breas tmilk. When 15 minutes had passed, I opened my eyes to see how much milk I expressed. Surely I had pumped 4 oz each!!! I was dismayed to discover I had only pumped 1 oz total.
I ate more oatmeal. I drank Mother’s Milk tea. Some days I would get a total of 2oz at a pumping session but it wasn’t this flood of breast milk that I was expecting.
So dear reader, I am sharing with you, to not get discouraged if you do not pump quarts, pints or even a cup of milk! It does not mean you are lacking. This is my second time pumping and the amount I get per session still hovers between 1oz to 2oz. Every now and then I may get 3.5 oz but that is rare and something I have been unable to replicate.
I still nurse on demand when I am home with my baby and the weekends, I nurse exclusively.
I did supplement with formula with my first child, on an as needed basis. It would have been “easier” to go the formula route. I wouldn’t have to take time out of my day to pump, I could work out instead! But I appreciated the breaks pumping gave me as I would normally just plow through my work day and not leave my desk. It also helped me to maintain my nursing relationship with my children.
Early afternoon session
Last pump session of the day
Total milk pumped