When my first baby was born, I really, really wanted to breastfeed him.
Unfortunately, he had other ideas. In the hospital, I struggled for hours trying to get him to stay awake for more than a few minutes after he started nursing. He lost quite a bit of weight because he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) latch.
After I left the hospital, I kept trying to nurse my baby. I saw two lactation consultants, tried all of the different holds, and my baby still wasn’t gaining enough weight. I started nursing, then pumping, and then bottle feeding. It was exhausting. Eventually, I dropped the nursing step, and began exclusively pumping.
Once I start pumping exclusively, I realized that my milk supply was barely enough to keep up with my baby. Most days, he would eat 24 oz (700 ml), and I would pump about the same amount. When he finished a bottle and I didn’t have any more to give him, I would stress out about whether I needed to make some formula for him in case he was still hungry.
Then he had a growth spurt. All of a sudden, he was eating 30 oz (900 ml) per day, and I couldn’t keep up.
I started reading everything that I could about increasing milk supply. A lot of the advice that I read (such as staying in bed with my baby and having a “nurse-in”) didn’t really apply to my situation as an exclusive pumper. I tried to make sense of suggestions that I found online and figure out what might work for me while I was taking care of a newborn, pumping constantly, and dealing with sleep deprivation like I’d never experienced before.
In the end, after a lot of searching and trial and error, I was able to find the information that I needed to bring my supply up to 35 oz (1,035 ml) per day at first, and eventually to 50 oz (1,500 ml) per day. It took a long time, and it was a huge learning curve.
Between being an exclusive pumper, writing this website, and taking a survey of other exclusive pumpers, I’ve learned a lot of things about milk supply – both big and small – and this book is my way of sharing that with you.
My hope is that the information and tips provided in this book will be practical, easy to read (even for the sleep deprived!), and will help you establish and increase your milk supply as an exclusive pumper.
In this book (updated in October 2018), you’ll learn:
- How often and how long you should be pumping, based on your current supply, your goals, and your baby’s age
- Detailed, researched information on 8 different strategies for increasing milk supply, including data from other exclusive pumpers on their effectiveness
- What is an “average” or “normal” milk supply for exclusive pumpers
- How the milk supply and demand cycle works, how milk supply changes over time, and what causes low milk supply
- When you can start dropping pumping sessions, and how to do that
- What to do if your milk supply suddenly drops
- General tips and tricks to make life as an exclusive pumper easier
Plus, you’ll get a separate e-book with 8 lactation recipes to help you book your milk supply (3 of which are NEW and not available elsewhere on this website)!
Some sample pages from the book:
When you buy the e-book, you will be able to instantly download a PDF file that can be read on your computer, printed, or opened on a tablet. (When using an iPad, the file will open in Safari and you can then save it to iBooks or the Kindle app; on an iPhone, the ebook seems to display better in iBooks than Kindle.)
Below are a few testimonials from readers:
Michelle – I have just read the book cover to cover. Thanks so much for such an insightful and informative read. My baby boy, too, wasn’t gaining the weight he needed so I switched to exclusively pumping – as a new mom, I didn’t know about exclusive pumping until I came across your blog (I initially thought I was the only one and was worried I might be hurting myself or the baby by doing so!) This guidance has given me several great strategies going forward and the narratives have helped ease the feeling that I am the only one going through this. In fact, several of the questions/narratives are almost word for word what I have been going through.
Mary – Thank you for writing such an amazing book! I started exclusively pumping about a month ago. My baby is now 3 and a half months old and starting to gain more weight now that I have increased my supply.
Becky – Just wanted to say a quick hello and thank you for your wonderful book. I found myself exclusively pumping after a rocky month of breastfeeding (nipple shield issues, tongue tie, etc), and then my supply caused me so much anxiety. I really appreciate your thoughtful information – it really helped me.
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