breast milk decreasing:(

Vivian - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone, this is my third week back at work. My 2nd week my milk decreased (amount pumped). I pump 3x a day. And BF about 2X since I work 10 hrs and commute about 2-3 hours days. I'm drinking mother's milk tea. My baby will be 5 months old next Friday and I'm a little bummed because I wanted to make it to at least 6 months exclusive BFing! Any more ideas for increasing breastmilk besides feeding the baby? Thanks for reading! Vivian

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Celeste - posted on 08/07/2013

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I hope your son is doing OK!

How old is your son? 4 oz is actually pretty good output. Average output is 1/2 to 2oz *total*. Your son's intake shouldn't change as he gets older, it usually stays between 3-4 oz.

Here's a good calculator to determine how much milk your baby needs:
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumpi...

Vivian - posted on 01/20/2009

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Good thing I like oatmeal! :) I bought these lactate support capsules (it has fenugreek and blessed thistle inside) and brewers yeast in preparation to bake the cookies --now to find the time to do so! I do need to drink more water, that's always been something I haven't been that great at...I'm hopeful all these things are working. Did not feed the bottle this whole 3 day weekend either. Similac is standing by...but not yet! Thank you!

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Celeste - posted on 08/08/2013

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I'd caution on not to overfeed for a few reasons. Supply regulates over time. It's normal for moms to pump a lot in the beginning and then over time, pump output decreases to the normal amount, which is the 1/2 to 2 oz average total. That's why it's recommended for the 3-4 oz not to change over time, and there's a technique for bottle feeding breastfed babies, a slow flow nipple and paced feeds.
http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feedi...

Are you interested in putting baby back to breast? Babies are MUCH more efficient than a pump. It's hard for many moms to pump exclusively. Lots of kudos to them.

If you want to try to get baby back to breast, there are tips and tricks to help you with that. I went through this with one of my twins and I was able to get him back to the breast. But, if you're happy with the status quo, that's fine too.

Brandy - posted on 08/07/2013

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My son had to have heart surgery. so I didn't get to start trying to because I can't get him to latch on either breastfeeding until we left. so all I have done is pump but all I can get out is 4oz and he is starting to eat more. And I don't want to formula

Celeste - posted on 08/07/2013

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Can you tell me a little more info? What's going on that you think your milk supply needs help?

Brandy - posted on 08/07/2013

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Iam breast feeding and my mil is slowing down I drink lots of water and taking fenugreek but im still not geting s lot of milk wha t can I do yo make more milk. Please any help

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I promise if you start taking Motilium (research it on the internet) you WILL be able to pump and breastfeed exclusively for as long as you like! Good luck!

Vivian - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Everyone, I just wanted to give an update. I am still exclusively breastfeeding, my baby is now 5 months old. He is also eating rice cereal, so maybe that is helping him feel a little fuller too. I tried the cookies, they were very tasty, and I had a kick telling my non lactating family members (including men) that they would help with lactation! I found out if I ate more filling foods (like hamburger or fries) I would make more milk and relaxing helped produce more too. So thank you again for all your help!

Tania - posted on 01/19/2009

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My Dr. told me to drink 3-4 cups of water 15 mins before pumpimg and its helped.

Tania - posted on 01/19/2009

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My Dr. told me to drink 3-4 cups of water 15 mins before pumpimg and its helped.

Kirsten - posted on 01/19/2009

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Blessed Thistle Capsules can help with breastmilk supply. You can get them from a health food shop. Good luck!

Vivian - posted on 01/19/2009

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I'm going to try the recipe for the cookies (an excuse to eat cookies:) ). I've been pumping more (and a little sore from it too)., but maybe just maybe it's working. I think Xavi is cluster feeding too so maybe that adds to the decreased supply when I go to pump at work. Trying to drink the milk tea more frequently and consistently. Again thank you for all the suggestions!

Kaylea - posted on 01/16/2009

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You could try fenugreek, you can get it from holland and barrot, i was told to try that by the Health visitor when i had matthew as my milk seemed to stop. also make sure you are drinking loads, I have found that the more i drink the more i make.



I also agree with pumping over night but it will be hard and very draining if you have to get up early in the morning for work. try it on your days off.



Good luck and i hope you manage to hold out as long as you want to.

Melissa - posted on 01/16/2009

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my doctor said that its normal to have a decrease in milk around 5-6 months. I read that vitamin c will boost a little but not a whole lot. do try to pump more often at work, even if its an ounce, and try nursing every hour when you are with your baby at night or early morning. I hope things work out for you!

Veronique - posted on 01/16/2009

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I've been using fenugreek and blessed thistle herbs to help boost my supply. I can't tell for sure if it really works but I ran out of these herbs this week and I noticed that I have less milk or maybe my baby is merely cluster feeding at night. He's going on 4 months. This may help. Good luck.

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Very good ideas there! Also if you can, bring a blanket of your baby's or something that s/he's worn, so you have a scent 'trigger' too, along with the picture! If you have time after you nurse, pump then as well.




Oatmeal can boost your supply, real oatmeal, not the instant sort (although I had a bit of a boost from even that).  Also flaxseed and brewer's yeast helps too.  You can add either or both to oatmeal, but a good way to have all three of these, are with cookies! :D Just don't eat too many at once when you have no baby or pump handy. hahah



I've found these are a bit too sweet for me, so when I make them again, I'll use less brown sugar, or leave out the chips, but other than that they're yummy treats and help boost the supply.  Good luck!



 



Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
1 cup or more chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of brewers yeast** (be generous)

Directions:
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2
tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.

Cream (beat well) butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix
well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine
mix. Beat until blended.

Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture.
Stir in oats then chips.

Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or
silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

*can be found at any local health food store
**IT MUST BE BREWERS YEAST, NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

Vivian - posted on 01/15/2009

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I think I do need to relax more when I'm pumping and look at the pic of my baby instead of checking emails or returning calls! Thank you for the tips...I'm still determined to keep going despite all the obstacles!

Emily - posted on 01/15/2009

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I agree with Ashley. Middle of the night pumping is usually an effective way to increase the amount of pumped milk. Also, if you're not already, consider co-sleeping and nursing throughout the night. Obviously baby is the best pump, and extra comfort nursing at night would help boost your supply.

Finally, make sure your pumping sessions are relaxing. Read a good book, drink lots of water, and maybe put some good lotion on your hands, or paint your nails or something while you're pumping. Stress and discomfort can cause your body to simply not let-down for the pump, you need to be relaxed and comfortable to produce more.

Good luck and congrats on making it 5 whole months exclusively breastfeeding!!! I always admire moms who are able to work and breastfeed. :)

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2009

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you could try pumping more often, make sure you are pumping or feeding ever 3 hours, If this isn't possible then you could always pump once in the middle of the nigiht - i know you probably dont' want to get up in the middle of the night to pump, but it might get yout the extra milk you need to get your baby to the 6 month mark

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