The Troubles of Being a Breastfeeding, Working Mom
You could do everything right when it comes to pumping breast milk, yet still struggle. Here is how I'm working through a dwindling supply since I've been back to work.
My last hope is changing up my breast shield size. I’ve been using a size Large, however, after researching online, I believe they are too large, which can cause you not to pump enough. So I bought mediums, because of course I got rid of the mediums that came with my pump because I believed they weren’t big enough. So I plan on trying these out this week, and if I don’t see an increase, I’ll try out pumping pal, which are angled shields to mimic more so how baby latches and eats.
Part of me thinks, though, that stress could be playing a role. I’m exhausted as the baby wakes up a bunch during the night, though I’m working on sleep learning with her right now. Plus my grandmother is ill. I’m trying really hard to breathe and not get too anxious, but I’m a human being after all. So perhaps some quiet time to myself everyday may do the trick too.
I really hope this works. I really hope I don’t go through my stash and end up needing to supplement. I’m not against supplementing, as I did it with my first daughter because that was best for her, but with my youngest and her allergic colitis, I’d have to purchase specialty formula which costs even more. If it comes to that, then of course I will supplement, but I’m just hoping my hard work pays off.
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