Exclusively Pumping Moms -How to increase and keep up your milk supply??

Tonya - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Since I've returned to work (about 3 weeks now) I have definitely noticed a dip in my supply... How do you increase milk supply when pumping exclusively? How many times a day do you pump and how many oz do you get? Advice please!

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Judy - posted on 10/11/2011

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i have been breast feeding for the for 6months, but now my little girl has started to bite me, so i cant put her on the breast at night or weekends. I have tried and she tries to bite me and isn't interested in the breast at all. I have got a prescription from my Doctor. Are any of you using the fenugreek with a prescription? My daughter is a big baby, and according to the formula (weigh*150/no of feeds) she should be drinking about 350ml a feed. but i am only pumping roughly 100-150ml a time, sometimes less, and in the early morning 300ml. I am pumping every 3 hours. and still not working. so thought to do the fenugreek with the prescription.. any ideas???

Kira - posted on 08/29/2009

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I am also back at work and i have noticed that he is eating more now, so I am trying to keep my supply up as well. I try and pump every 2-3 hours and I have been drinking lots and lots of water all day as well. When I am home I nurse him as often as I can. I am getting worried about my supply, but I think everything will be ok.

Tara - posted on 10/13/2011

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Hi there, I pumped right from the beginning and now my baby is 2 months old. I should be pumping for than I do, however it is hard to pump and also have the baby to take care of at the same time. I usually pump every 4 hours or so and get around 120 ml (around 4 oz), which is more than my baby takes right now. I also went to my Doctor and got a prescription for Domperidone (Motilium) which helps with milk production. I have heard that Fenugreek also helps ( You can get this from a health food store), however I've never used it. Also, drink lots of water. Hope its going well!

Tonya - posted on 08/29/2009

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I try and put Rylie to my breasts, but I'm not technically breastfeeding anymore... I kinda gave that up because we were both just getting really frustrated. I am pumping exclusively. I started the fenugreek last night, so we will see if that makes a big difference. I appreciate all the advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively thanks ladies!!

Angela - posted on 09/07/2011

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Fenugreek works great for some moms, but a lot need something stronger. I exclusively pump, and my milk supply continued to drop until I was only pumping 1/2 ounce at a time. Fenugreek didn't help me by itself although I got a sweet smell to my sweat. I found out that sometimes you need to use a product that contains a few different herbs. I'm using Breastea now from www.breastea.com and I'm seeing a big difference. You could try that to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively.

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Christine - posted on 10/11/2011

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when i pumped for the first few months i had to do it every 2 hours on the hour and drink a lot of water and eat healthy it helps with getting more milk

Brianna - posted on 09/08/2011

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if u go to the health food store they have some kind of tea that helps milk supply, also make sure u drink lots of water, also i heard having a beer or glass of hot chocolate it helps. or if worse come to worse the doctor can give u pills to help

Premal - posted on 08/29/2009

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I followed the book "Caring for your newborn baby and 5 year old child" by the AAP which has become my new favorite book. It basically suggests to pump 3 times during an 8 hour work day (every 3 hours). When you are home, put the baby to the breast as often as possible. In the weekends, don't use formula or pumped breast milk but just breastfeed as you did before you started work. You might notice an increase in your milk supply every monday when you get back. I started out with getting 4 ounces per every pump feed when I started out at work and now I'm getting 6-8 ounces. I've been at work for 1 1/2 months. I agree that fenugreek helps but what also really helps is drinking lots of water to keep yourself hydrated and when pumping, staying calm. Don't look at the clock when you pump, but pump until you feel your breast has emptied. I hope this helps. Good job sticking to breastfeeding.

Deb - posted on 08/29/2009

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According to our pediatrician its really important to have the baby actually feed on the breast to keep up supply...something to do with hormones that you just can't get from the pump. She recommended to me that on the weekends I make sure to have the baby breastfeed as much as possible to keep my supply up since I pump all week while at work.

Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Same as what other moms said...my doc said drink one beer a day (the hops in it boosts your supply), drink Mother's milk tea and take Fenugreek (can both be found at a vitamin store). That all failed for me though so my ob/gyn wrote a prescription for me to boost my supply. That still didn't work for me so I had to give up. It just wasn't meant to be I guess. But I hear all of that stuff works great for most people. Good luck!

Tonya - posted on 08/28/2009

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Thank you for all the advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively! I've been wanting to try the Fenugreek, I think this weekend I am going to pick some up and see if that makes a difference.

Rebekah - posted on 08/27/2009

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I pumped exclusively for twins and really needed to build me supply up. I tried Fenugreek, then Blessed Thistle, ate almonds and cashews, drank lots, ate lots, pumped as often as possible, etc. I ended up having to go on prescription medication (Motilium) which I think helped too. That's all I can really suggest to increase milk supply when pumping elusively.

Amra - posted on 08/27/2009

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My best advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively is to use the fenugreek and you deffinately need more then the recommended dose on the bottle. I would say you need to take at least 3-4 capsules 3-4 times p/day. Stay well hydrated 8-10 oz. before and after each pump or feeding. Pump as frequently as possible and if possible take a short break after about 10 minutes which will hopefully create a second let down when you resume. If you are still nursing when at home the best thing you can do is to pump on the "free side". This will help save the milk that is normally lost during a let down while the baby is eating and should help to increase your production. Good luck!

Kia - posted on 08/27/2009

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It is hard to keep your same level of milk supply when you return to work. I am only able to pump 3 times a day when I am at work, but when I am off I put my baby to breast every two hours. I also started taking an herbal supplement called Fenugreek that really helped too. It is also in Mother's Milk Tea. Once I went back to work I was only able to get 3-4 oz each time I pumped. You also can try to make sure you are drinking enough water and relax when you pump. Hopefully this helps you increase milk supply when pumping exclusively.

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My advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively is to pump, pump, and pump some more. Also... the usual... increase fluid intake, eat oatmeal, and drink Mother's Milk Tea. If things get really bad, you can always ask your doctor for a prescription that helps... I forget the name. I can pump every 3 or 4 hours (so between 6 and 8 times a day) and get between 4 and 6 ounces each time. Some Moms get more and some get less. There is a really wide range of "normal." Good luck,

Tonya - posted on 08/28/2009

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Thank you for all the advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively! I've been wanting to try the Fenugreek, I think this weekend I am going to pick some up and see if that makes a difference.

Rebekah - posted on 08/27/2009

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I pumped exclusively for twins and really needed to build me supply up. I tried Fenugreek, then Blessed Thistle, ate almonds and cashews, drank lots, ate lots, pumped as often as possible, etc. I ended up having to go on prescription medication (Motilium) which I think helped too. That's all I can really suggest to increase milk supply when pumping elusively.

Amra - posted on 08/27/2009

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My best advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively is to use the fenugreek and you deffinately need more then the recommended dose on the bottle. I would say you need to take at least 3-4 capsules 3-4 times p/day. Stay well hydrated 8-10 oz. before and after each pump or feeding. Pump as frequently as possible and if possible take a short break after about 10 minutes which will hopefully create a second let down when you resume. If you are still nursing when at home the best thing you can do is to pump on the "free side". This will help save the milk that is normally lost during a let down while the baby is eating and should help to increase your production. Good luck!

Kia - posted on 08/27/2009

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It is hard to keep your same level of milk supply when you return to work. I am only able to pump 3 times a day when I am at work, but when I am off I put my baby to breast every two hours. I also started taking an herbal supplement called Fenugreek that really helped too. It is also in Mother's Milk Tea. Once I went back to work I was only able to get 3-4 oz each time I pumped. You also can try to make sure you are drinking enough water and relax when you pump. Hopefully this helps you increase milk supply when pumping exclusively.

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My advice on how to increase milk supply when pumping exclusively is to pump, pump, and pump some more. Also... the usual... increase fluid intake, eat oatmeal, and drink Mother's Milk Tea. If things get really bad, you can always ask your doctor for a prescription that helps... I forget the name. I can pump every 3 or 4 hours (so between 6 and 8 times a day) and get between 4 and 6 ounces each time. Some Moms get more and some get less. There is a really wide range of "normal." Good luck,

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