This question is exclusive to pumping/nursing moms...
1) I would like to know how many oz of milk are you producing in a da?
2) What is the maximum oz of milk you have expressed in 1 single pump (not throughout the day) but just at one time!
I need to know what is coming my way, so post away :)
I think it depends on the person, diet, demand, etc. At first I could easily pump 12 oz or more! It was insane and then I got it under control fast. If I was drinking plenty of fluids I on average could get at least 8 oz from each breast at a time. Sometimes with stress or lack of fluids I could only do about 4-6oz, but that was rare.
Wow. I must have been doing something wrong. I would only get about 2oz at a time. One time, I got 5oz and was so excited about it. I didn't pump at all the first month. Then I had to go back to work, so I started pumping 3 times a day, each time getting only about 2 oz. Eventually, we had to supplement with formula, which I felt super guilty about. But my son breastfed, if only partially, until he was about 13 months. Then he just didn't want it anymore.
Don't feel guilty! Formula is not rat poison. Good for you for going past a year.
It all just depends on how much your baby is eating, and also the time of day. Your body generally produces more milk in the early morning hours (I would guess in preparation for providing additional milk after a baby has slept for longer hours, but not sure). Usually after I do the early morning feeding (once I was close to going back to work, it was around 4:30-5:00 a.m.), then I could pump around 7-8 oz (both breasts combined). But with my first baby, she was really small, and didn't drink as much, so a large amount was 5 oz (again, from both breasts combined). When I first started pumping (before I went back to work), I was lucky to get 2-3 oz (which I would save for when I was away from her for a date night or whatever). In fact, she never drank more than 5 oz in a feeding (from bottle at daycare).
My DS (2nd baby) is now 7 months old, so he's eating solid food in addition to breastmilk, but I still pump 2-3 times a day. He's a normal size baby (25%) and eats a lot more than my daughter did. I try to pump after I feed him in the morning (usually only on the side he didn't eat on, and it's anywhere from 5-7 oz). If I'm not able to pump before leaving for work, the first time I pump at work I usually get more than 10 oz. combined. If I pump at home, the first pumping session at work is around 6-7 oz. I pump again mid-afternoon, and get 6-7 oz. average.
Hopefully that gives you some idea. It really is different depending on the baby, but if you're worried that you're not going to produce enough milk, just try to make sure you pump as often as you would be feeding your baby if you weren't away, i.e. every 3 hrs or whatever.
in the beginning i produced so much milk i was leaning towards donating some... anywhere from 8oz plus,p/breast. After i got to about the 5th month (which is when i returned to work), my milk flow started decreasing. My daughter will be 9 months next thursday and I'm pumpimg anywhere btwn 2-4 oz p/ breast.
When I got the hang of it and my daughter's eating was steady I would normally get about 6-8oz total per pumping. One day I left my pump at home and when I got home to pump I had missed one whole pumping time, that time i think it was over 16oz and was crazy
Such a hard question because it depends on so many variables! If baby had just eaten, it was obviously less. But when I would pump as a replacement to a normal feeding, I'd get anywhere between 4-7 ounces. Hope that helps! Are you going back to work?