When I returned to work, could you guess what my biggest fear is?
Exactly, not being able to provide enough breast milk for my baby.
With my past experience of having to supplement my first baby, I became even more protective of my milk supply.
But bumps were everywhere.
Starting from work-related stress..
The desire to show that ‘hey, I am still doing my job even though I spare a great amount of time for pumping..’
Then, my irregular pumping session began, and skipping pumping here and there.
Oh.. That guilty feeling of choosing work over pumping.
Can you relate..?
Then, it happened.
My milk supply started to plummet.
And I got panicked.
No matter what, the desire to achieve my breastfeeding goal was so strong.
So, I started to create a detailed plan to bring back my milk supply.
Fast forward, it worked.
I was able to keep providing enough milk for my baby until she’s 23 months.
Now, what about you?
Are you struggling to keep your milk supply up?
Or, you are not there yet, but constantly worrying if you could provide enough pumped milk for your baby?
If yes, then this post is for you.
Because I decided to share how I managed to build back my milk production.
Ready to learn more.. ?
Note: most of these tips are geared towards mom who combine direct nursing (i.e. latch on) and pumping. So, some of them won’t be applicable for exclusive pumping mamas.
For the sake of simplicity, I would always use ‘work‘ to refer to times when you are away from your baby. You may not be actually working, but maybe studying full time. It’s okay, as long as you are separated your baby regularly for long hours almost every day (i.e. full time),that counts as ‘work‘.