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Q&A: Do I need to supplement with formula?

I can only pump one to two ounces of milk from each breast. Does that mean that’s all my baby’s getting? Do I need to supplement with formula?

Re: I can only pump one to two ounces of milk from each breast. Does that mean that’s all my baby’s getting? Do I need to supplement with formula?

The Bump Expert

Don't freak -- most breastfed babies between one and six months take three to four ounces at a feeding, which is just what you're pumping. Even so, pumping is NEVER an appropriate way to gauge your milk supply because there are so many factors that affect it (time of day, how long it's been since the last breastfeeding or pumping, how relaxed or tense you are, etc.). If you need to express more breast milk for baby (like if you're going back to work), take a look at some ways to pump more milk. Otherwise, stop worrying. If baby is gaining weight steadily, your milk supply is a-okay.

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA