I am back to work full-time this week after a much needed break over summer.
I went back to work when August was 2 months old. I worked and pumped for five weeks before summer break. Prior to returning to work and during those five weeks I pumped often to boost my board elite low supply, but over summer I have kind of slacked off a little since I could just nurse on demand.
I stayed pumping overnight which helped me to build a 3 month stash- but I don’t want to loose that headway now that I am back at work. Hence, Breastfeeding Bootcamp. I have combined supply boosting foods, supplements, and habits that have been recommended by my lactation specialist to create a daily routine that will get me back into the pumping game.
In this series I will give you an overview of what you need to get started, how to create a schedule, the supplements that were recommended to me, pumping methods, a sample of a supply-boosting meal plan, and how to store and stash!
But first up- how to get it started!
So what do you need to pump successfully? Patience, determination, and a few little tricks!
Here’s are a few things that you need to get started?
A good- quality breast pump. Many insurance companies will cover at least a portion of your breast pump so that is a great place to start. I got a $300 pump and backpack set for only $40 through my insurance.
- A hands- free pumping bra.
- A large water bottle.
- Breast milk Storage Bags
These are the basics- there’s lots of other supplements and snacks that you can add in, but these are the absolute necessities to get started!
Next up- set a schedule. Due to my low supply I have a pretty aggressive schedule that I follow to build my stash and increase my supply. Your schedule can be created based on how much your wanting to pump.
Here’s the schedule I followed at 3 months and also the one I am following now at 6 months:
A few notes on the schedules:
- You can see my work schedule changed between the two schedules.
- At six months August is now eating every three hours, but as you can see I have pumping at work scheduled for every two and a half hours. This allows me to slip in an extra session to help build my stash.