how do I get more milk

Jennifer - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 58 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 week old, and I am breastfeeding her. I am worried that I am not giving her the milk that she needs, when I do pumpI get only 3 oz and that is out of both breast. Is there a way to get more milk?

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From what I have read & learned from various sources, you should feed your daughter OFTEN. When I started breastfeeding 5.5 months ago, my daughter was eating EVERY hour on the hour for about 30-45 minutes total on both boobs. (I think I had like a 20 minute break). This was during the first 24 hours. My milk came in right away and I produced more than enough milk. At times I think "is she getting anything?" so I pop her off and pull down on a nipple, sure enough milk squirts out!! Its amazing these bodies we have, if we only trust them to do their jobs they will! If you are planning on going back to work it is recommended that you feed your daughter first, offering both boobs at each feeding (this will keep up your suppy in both breasts), then pump when she is finished. You should then take the pump with you to work and pump every 3-4 hours to keep your supply up and have milk to store. In order to avoid engorgement you should not be pumping more than 2-4oz extra each day (this is what my lactaction consultant told me). Your body will adjust to the right amount of milk as the baby grows and her needs chanage. If you pump more than 2-4oz your body will start over producing milk. The best thing to do, if you are not a working mom, is to offer the breast every hour or hour and a half, and not pump. I would only pump if I had to go back to work or was planning on being separated from my daughter for longer than an hour or two. I just don't see the point unless you have to work. But then, I'm lazy and cleaning, sanitzing and defrosting breastmilk sounds like waay too much work for me when it comes out of my breasts ready to go and no clean up required. But hey thats just me! My friend didn't get more than 1oz out of each breast at the beginning, but gradually her supply increased by her pumping with each feeding (and she had to go back to work at 8weeks) oh and her daughter is in the 97 percentile, so I wouldn't worry. Trust your body, don't stress out, eat when you are hungry (good nutrient rich foods), drink plenty of water (I think the suggestion is 2-3 liters a day), nurse often and your body will do what it needs to do.

Kristina - posted on 03/29/2011

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Hi Jennifer - after scanning the other posts, I think most responders are giving sound and accurate advice. If you are truly concerned, or will be returning to work/putting the baby in daycare and will need to pump, keep in mind that pumping is NOT as efficient as the baby is during nursing.

Unless your doctor indicates concern over the baby's growth and weight gaining, relax, enjoy nursing the baby, bond with her.

If you want to produce more, or feel like the baby eats all the time, or is hungry after nursing because she's not getting enough there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1 - you will need to be taking in an additional 300 - 500 calories per day from lean protein (nuts, cheeses, eggs, yogurt, meat, beans) and complex carbohydrates (whole grain crackers, rice, oatmeal etc).
2 - make sure you are drinking WATER to stay hydrated. Seriously - you should feel like you can float at the end of the day, fill your cup/bottle/mug every chance you get. You can add some lemon or orange wedges, or a couple drops of peppermint extract if you don't like plain water, to get flavor without adding sugar or caffeine if you're worried about that at all.
3 - if you still feel like you're not producing enough, pump in between scheduled feedings to stimulate production, and pump twice as long as the baby normally nurses.
4 - you can use herbal supplements or teas. I prefer Mothers' Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals. You can find this at Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, I think Trader Joe's carries it - and King Soopers/Krogers/Fred Meyers may have it in their "Natural/Organic" section, or the pharmacy areas. It tastes a bit like licorice, so I add a smidge of honey to sweeten it a bit, but I drank it hot or cold. I also had REALLY great results from using the MotherLove brand of supplement called More Milk Plus. You can check their website, or should be able to call a couple natural food stores in your area to see if they carry it before hauling the family around town to find it.

Just remember that your body, while designed to do this, may not work quite the way its supposed to. I had a lot of trouble nursing my firstborn, and no one ever told me that I might have trouble. I just assumed that because I could have a baby that I'd be able to breastfeed.

Talk to your hospital/doctor's office to find a lactation consultant, or see if there a La Leche League chapter in your area - they can help you learn some new nursing positions, ways to massage and let down your milk, other things you can do to insure that she's latching properly.

there are so many pieces to the puzzle of breastfeeding that it's best to explore all the avenues that you can.

I'm happy to let you know that while our firstborn ended up being formula-fed, our 2nd and 3rd were solely breastfed, so problems can be overcome with patience and assistance.

PS - never feel pressured to do something that goes against your gut, and if you're driving yourself nuts over nursing, it's not healthy for you or the baby, and ANY nursing is better than none, BUT you have to do what's best for YOU and your family.

CHRISTIE - posted on 03/28/2011

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You should not pump until your baby is at least 4 wks old!!!!! I made that mistake!! But don't worry, just feed your baby every 2 hrs and your milk will come in just fine. Then start pumping at 4 wks. As long as your baby is having 4 to 6 (i think) wet diapers a day she is getting plenty. If you do have a problem and your milk will not come in enough, and trust me, you will know if your baby is not getting enough to eat!!!!! But if you do have a problem, then ask your doctor about taking regland. I had to with my last baby. It will make you produce milk. The more you feed your baby the more milk you will have. I also would NOT drink any herbal teas!!!!!!!! The tea will go through you in to your milk and then the baby will be getting it too!!!! Some teas are not safe for your baby!!! Talk to your doctor before trying teas!!!

Tabitha - posted on 03/28/2011

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First of all, 3 ounces is PLENTY at 3 weeks! And secondly, your baby can get out WAY more than a pump. Keep up the good work and don't stress, your body know what your baby needs.

Del - posted on 03/28/2011

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons brewer's yeast
Preheat oven to 350°.
1. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.
3. Add eggs and mix well.
4. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla; beat well.
5. Sift together flour, brewer's yeast, baking soda, and salt.
6. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
7. Stir in oats and chips.
8. Scoop onto baking sheet.
9. Bake for 12 minutes.
10. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray

i havent tried these yet cuz i cant find the flax seed mel or brewers yeast but they work from what others have told me so givem a try. and as long as baby is having enough dipers wet and poopy shes getting enough. dont stress about the amount the pump is showing just count those diapers.

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Tina - posted on 04/09/2011

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From personal experience with my twins, I found it easier to just allow them to breastfeed as much as possible on their own. It worked much better then pumping to increase my milk flow. My lactation consultant was quite worried, but I started almost immediately, when they were born, with their bottle feedings (they needed the formula due to low blood sugar). But not 2 weeks later they were pretty much off the bottles, and were getting enough Milk. If she shows signs of of still being hungry afterwards, its always helpful to suppliment a little bit of formula, just to make sure she has a full tummy for a good sleep. The best thing you can do is not stress about it, and just take it as it comes :)

Deborah - posted on 03/31/2011

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Hi Jennifer,hope things are going a bit better for you by now, but feed as much as you can get her to stay on the breast for 40mns and express around 2/3oz from the other breast, it does take 6 weeks for your milk to be well established, so be patient, i know it's hard but lots of rest and eat plenty, eating is really another key point! Keep it up. Mum of 3 breastfed babies and always had lots of good milk supply.

Sara - posted on 03/30/2011

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The mothers Milk made tea works and so does Fenugreek. Also you can ask your dr for a pill that helps you to produce!

Lalaine - posted on 03/30/2011

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When I felt my supply was running low, another breastfeeding mom told me about a natural supplement you can take. I can't remember the name off the top of my head right now, but I think it starts with an "F", goto a vitamin store (like GNC) and ask an employee there about it. I tried it and it worked! I was able to get more out of my pumping out of each breast. It worked so well I was able to nurse until my child was 2years old. And if possible, pump or nurse more frequently, that will help too. Good luck!

Cinda - posted on 03/30/2011

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If you're getting 3 oz per pump between both breasts, that's REALLY GOOD at only 3 weeks. I had similar fears. I pumped ALL THE TIME to increase my supply. If you pump after each feeding, even if you're not really getting any milk, the additional stimulation will que your body to make more for the next feeding. This will slowly help to increase your supply.
I would HIGHLY recommend Mother's Milk Tea. It was suggested to me but I never tried it until after my son turned 1. My supply SHOT RIGHT UP. I just used the same tea bag all day & put it in glass after glass of water. It gets weaker & weaker through out the day but you're still getting benefit from it & saving money by not using too many tea bags/day. I also took lots of Fenugreek which worked, just not as well as the Mother's Milk Tea did.
Be SURE to drink LOTS & LOTS of WATER. I would drink about 24 oz every 3 hours.
These things REALLY WORK. My son's 2 1/4 & still EXCLUSIVELY drinking frozen breast milk!
Good Luck.

Jennie - posted on 03/30/2011

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Most babies need to nurse at least 8-12 times every 24 hours (at least). The baby may need to nurse 10-20 minutes on one breast to insure its getting adequate hindsmilk and foremilk.
A good sign is a least 6-8 diapers a day. I would recommend not using the pump until you and baby have established a good milk supply. Dont be discouraged....it gets better every day-and this is absolutely the best for you and baby! Congrats btw!

Carla - posted on 03/29/2011

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Hi Jennifer, I had a very similar problem, first bit of advise - don't panic, it happens to lots of moms it seems! keep doing what you are doing - that is expressing after every feed, and drink lots and lots of water (at least 2 litres a day) and if you can, get some blackberrythorn elixir (sometimes called Schlen Elixir) from your baby shop, health shop or chemist - this really helped my milk production - and don't stop breast feeding your little one, I had to top up with formula feeds in the beginning but it didn't last forever - good luck! C

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Make sure you are well hydrated, and know that you will not be able to pump as well as she can nurse. I had to pump away from my son first thing in the morning to get anything at all. Your body works best for your baby, not a pump.

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3 oz for a 3 week old is perfect just nurse whenever she acts hungry and your supply will adjust to her needs as she grows. good luck and congratulations!

Rita - posted on 03/29/2011

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It is a supply and demand system(breast milk) so pump...pump, pump....immeadiately FOLLOWING a full feeding to increase the "demand". I also used a supplement called fenugreek. It is the "maple syrup" natural supplement...But increasing the demand will work the best. I have breast fed 3 kids...and find that to be the best advice yet! make sure to drink a TON...a real lot of water. even if you think you are drinking plenty....drink some more....hydration is the OTHER key!

Good luck to you!

Margaret - posted on 03/29/2011

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My lactation consultant would have said that was too early to pump (start between 4 and 6 weeks, once the feeding and milk supply have fully established themselves ....and don't introduce bottle to baby before this time, to avoid nipple confusion. You need to find a time to pump the first couple of feeds when baby is beginning to sleep longer or say 2 hours after you've fed her, eg early morning when supply is generally strong (that's if you're going back to work soon and having to get baby used to bottle before you go back). With my babies, I did one pump per day for a few weeks before returning to work when they were 2 months old, and got someone else, ideally the person who'd be feeding them the bottles, to give them one bottle a day while I pumped in another room.

Apparently almost everyone has enough milk and it's a matter of keeping the faith in that and persisting. Some babies will only drink a couple of ounces per feed, others will drink 4 or 6, but the important thing to remember is that you'll almost certainly be producing enough for your own baby, and if she's contented and growing steadily, even if she's on the small side, there's nothing to worry about.

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2011

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Is she having enough wet and dirty diapers? Is she having awake and alert periods? Is she gaining weight/length appropriately?

Pumping is not a good indicator of supply and the average output from both breasts combined (from www.kellymom.com) for a nursing mom is .5-2oz. Your baby is way more efficient than a pump.

At 3 weeks, there's a whopper of a growth spurt (also 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months - basically all the 3's and 6;s). It's going to seem like she's never satisfied. The single best thing you can do is keep nursing. If you think she's hungry or she's rooting, or whatever, latch her on, put your feet up, and settle in on the couch or in bed with a water bottle. Stay hydrated! It's totally within the realm of normal to spend more than 9 hours a day with a newborn nursing (And yes, I clocked out my feedings and figured that out when my daughter was a newborn).

Trust your body and trust your baby. I remember asking my mom, "at what point is shove a boob in her mouth not the right answer?" - and I think Dd was about 9 months old at that point.
These days seem endless, but they really are gone in the blink of an eye.

Kathleen - posted on 03/29/2011

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Pumping is fine right before the baby is even born, it may help the milk come in early. They should not have a bottle until they are at least 4 weeks old or even 6 weeks. The nipple confusion is hard to get over. But as long as you pump when you won't be nursing soon it's fine to pump. I pumped right away and froze my milk. When I woke up in the middle of the night to pee I would have the pump set up and I would pump, stach it in the fridge rinse the pump and go back to bed, but my twins starting sleeping through the night (10 pm - 5:30 am) at 6 weeks old.

Marisa - posted on 03/29/2011

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I drink a cup of 'lactation tea' every day which I make up from a mixture of fennel seed, aniseed, carraway seed and nettle leaves. I mix them up in equal quantities and then use a teaspoon per cup of tea. Helps your milk supply and is also good for babys digestion!

Lissi - posted on 03/29/2011

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As long as you are feeding your daughter every time she is hungry, she is getting plenty. One of the blessings of breastfeeding is that you don't need to count ounces. When she's hungry she eats. If she is still hungry she nurses more which will stimulate you to make more milk. It is the perfect supply and demand relationship.

Gwynne - posted on 03/29/2011

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This is a totally normal amount for the age of your daughter. Keep nursing as time and her size increases so will your supply. As long as she is gaining weight and making diapers you are fine, keep up the good work - it gets easier as the weeks go on...

Mary Perpetua Bernadeth - posted on 03/28/2011

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I have tried this with my three boys when they were babies. first, I see to it that I should have lots of chicken soup especially with "malunggay" leaves (vegetable), or any clear soup. 2ndly, my mom instructed me to drink hot milk or choco mixed with one raw egg (don't worry bout the taste because you can't even notice that it's there) just drink it up! It worked wonders like having a fountain of milk. Try these two simple tips. God bless

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As Christie says, you shouldn't be pumping at this early age, as your body needs a bit of time to gett settled.
Jennifer, It's sad that you're starting your breastfeeding experience with the worry that you won't produce enough milk. Just trust your body!!

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Fenigreek up to 9 capsules a day and blessed thistle try just fenigreek first takes about 72 hours. You could also try drinking a bear.

Crystal - posted on 03/28/2011

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Fenugreek, oatmeal and non-alcoholic beer... but you likely have plenty. Pumps rarely work as well as baby nursing. If you want to continue to pump, or pump at a later date, be sure you pump regularly from the beginning even if you don't need the milk right now. It's often very hard to produce a "let down" by pumping if you haven't done it for a while.

Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2011

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Probably duplicate info but I'm on my phone :) however, pumping Definitely does not = supply. I breastfed my daughter for 2 years yet never pumped more than an ounce here or there. That being said, if the baby isn't making enough wet diapers and you want to increase, try oatmeal, mother's milk tea, and water!! If you are still concerned (I think we all have been!) take your baby to the pediatrician for a quick weight!
Don't supplement though, that will just decrease your supply. Let the baby nurse more and longer, this is the best way to increase your supply as your body WILL react and make more :) great job!!

Meagan - posted on 03/28/2011

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and sleep.. I was only getting sleep in 2 hour intervals, and was loosing my supply, make sure that you get 4 hours of straight sleep, get a bottle ready for someone to feed the baby, and rest! :)

Meagan - posted on 03/28/2011

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breastfeed alot, this is the only way.. supply and demand
drink lots of water

Kathleen - posted on 03/28/2011

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I fed twins and only got 2 ozs out of both breasts at 4 weeks. Pumps are not as efficient as babies. After I got a top of the line pump which cost a pretty penny and I debated about getting. I was eventually pumping over 20 ozs each session when I returned to work.

Check the diapers they should have 8-12 wet diapers in 24 hrs. If she is wetting the diapers then she is getting enough. Remember the hind milk is usually much thicker and concentrated. The foremilk is mostly water so try to nurse on one breast each feeding so they get the hindmilk.

It's really cool the way the milk changes. Check it squeeze a little before you nurse and look at the consistency and color then after they feed. The hindmilk can be yellowish and thick. doesn't take much to entertain me... : )

Make sure you are getting enough water and try to relax, stress can affect you supply. I had luck with oatmeal. I also would take nursing holiday and get a pitcher of water, magazines, remote and anything else you might want. I would just sit and let them nurse. even if they were just using me as a pacifier it stimulates the breast and signals the body to make more milk. I get up to pee and get something to eat and of course changes their diapers but other than that I would just nurse. I had an ovrstuffed recliner and would put a pillow under each arm and use the football hold to nurse them. Good luck.

Angela - posted on 03/28/2011

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Hi Jennifer!

I agree with the other moms on here regarding pumping not being a good indication of production and to make sure you are taking care of yourself and nursing/pumping in a comfortable environment. I'm am currently nursing my 7 month old son, and also nursed my first born until he self-weaned at 18 months. It's HARD at the beginning. I was lucky enough that the hospital I delivered at has a women's clinic that is staffed with lactation specialists and offers private rooms that allow you weigh your baby (in grams), then nurse her, the weigh her again so you can actually see the difference in what she's taking. Our pedi is pro-breastfeeding too and has offered her assistance as well, so a good support group is key. If you have access to a scale, I would recommend using it, just for your own peace of mind. I'm sure you're doing great and as long as there are adequate wet/soiled diapers and baby seems satisfied after she feeds, I don't think there's anything to worry about. BUT, I'm a mother and understand sometimes that's not enough. It was nice to know that even though we were having some issues nursing, my son was still able to get twice what the average baby his size takes per feeding. I would have never known that pumping. He's always been a good eater, and even now, at 7 months, I've already bought fenugreek and plan to take it soon. I also will add that when I went back on a birth control that included a small dose of estrogen, my supply dropped. As soon as I stopped, it went back up within a week. Trust yourself, take your baby's cues, and do what you need to do to feel comfortable about how you're doing. At 3 weeks old, your supply isn't regulated yet. My La Leche League leader (I HIGHLY recommend you google your local group as they are a wealth of knowledge and support, even if it's just over the phone) recommends lots of skin to skin contact to stimulate supply, especially in the early days. IF your lifestyle support it, try to spend a day or several hours just laying in bed with your baby. Have her next to you with your breast exposed so she can latch whenever she wants. It's a great way to stimulate milk, as well as a priceless bonding opportunity. Good luck to you, congratulations on your little one and be proud of the amazing gift you're giving your baby!

Take care,
Angela

Lynne - posted on 03/28/2011

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I had a terrible time producing milk w/ my oldest (now 5). My body never started on it's own - so I had to pump in between feedings to stimulate my breasts. At first teh baby would not get anything, but w/ her trying and then me doing 30 minutes of pumping in between (yes, even when nothing came out) - I fooled my breasts into lactating. I never had the 12 oz flow some do, but had plenty for my little one. After all that, though, I got systemic poison ivy and took an anti-imflammatory that wiped out my supply again. At that time I took Fenugeek - (herbal and safe for you and baby) to start supply again and increase it! Best of luck. It is easy to get discouraged and tired, but just that you are asking and worried shows you are a pretty amazing mom. Plus side, I breast fed both over 13 months and neither has ever had an ear infection!!

Kristi - posted on 03/28/2011

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Holy cow momma! 3 oz at 3 weeks old is a LOT of milk! Is the pump the reason you're worried? Any other signs that babe is not getting what she needs? A good determination to find out if you're making what she needs: count diapers. If she is giving you 6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours, and seems happy, you're making plenty. Babes that little will drink often, and also have a tendency to nurse for comfort too, which is totally fine! Just put baby to breast as often as you can! And enjoy your time with her, she's only going to be little for a little while!

Abbie - posted on 03/28/2011

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Congratulations on your baby!
I assure you that your supply is perfectly fine! The chances of you having supply issues w/ a 3 wk old are incredibly small (unless you've been supplementing).
It seems like pumping would be a great indicator of supply, but believe it or not, IT'S NOT. Pumping is NEVER an indication of your supply. Rather, it's an indication of how well you respond (or don't respond) to your pump. Your baby will always be more effective than a pump is. Always.
I wouldn't suggest introducing a bottle till age 4-6 wks, at the MINIMUM so as to avoid nipple confusion, etc.... But when the time comes, if you need to increase your pumping output (ie: going back to the office, etc...) you can pump before you nurse (since baby is always better at getting extra out), pump while nursing (on the other breast), use warm compresses & massage first (or during!) and look at & think of baby while pumping.
Hope this helps some!
Keep up the good work, mama!

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always pump after you feed her. and if she is gettin enough she will be satified after a feeding and she will be growing! talk to her pediatrcian at each visit if your concerned about her getting enough, just feed her on demand.

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011

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I also got around the same amount when I was pumping at that time. You can take the supplement Fenugreek - I think that helped me, but also, breastfeeding often helps. Also, make sure you drink a lot of water and eat before you pump.

Michele - posted on 03/28/2011

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I agree with the other posts that pumps are not a good indication of your milk supply. I'm breastfeeding my 2nd child (she's 9 mo now) and with her and my son I could never pump more than about 5 ounces. I focus more on feeding on demand (until they got about 6 mo), is she showing signs of being satisfied (no longer interested in nursing, happy, sleepy), is she having several wet diapers per day, and is she gaining weight. At her age she should be nursing often, remember your supply caters to her needs and at 3 weeks her belly is small and she probably is only taking about 2-4 ounces each time you nurse anyway. Keep a diaper journal and nursing journal. I did this with my 1st child, I wrote down every time he nursed, which side and for how long, seeing it on paper helps you put it in perspective because when you are exhausted, overwhelmed and worried it's difficult to keep up with. I did the same thing with diapers, documented them by date and time this helped me see he was well hydrated and getting plenty to eat. Was your pediatrician concerned at your 2 week appointment? Good luck!!

Kristen - posted on 03/28/2011

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First off, 3oz per side in the first 3 weeks is awesome. Also, just like everyone else said, a pump is not a good indicator. Baby is the best when it comes to getting it all out. Now, if you need a milk suppy so you can stock pile because your going back to work or something, than the best tip I can give you is pump for 5min prior to nursing your daughter, and then have her nurse immediately following (no waiting 10-15min. immediate means immediately) This will help to build your supply at that feeding. you should get a good output as this is a normal feeding. Downfall is that it will be mostly foremilk but Baby will be mainly getting the rich hind milk when you nurse. Once you have more milk you may find that you have to pump after she nurses as well because she will only be able to eat so much. Be careful with this method because engorgement can happen. But the trick here is also to start adding in one extra pump session that would be inbetween feedings and it should be done at the same time everyday religiously mornings are best because you produce the most in the morning. It should take about a week or so to get a supply going during that extra pump session.
But, if you don't have to stockpile for work. Dont worry about it. Your body is a miracle machine when it comes to feeding you baby. From your pic, this looks like it may be number 2 for you as well. Understand that with your second most women make a little be less and that is in part to already having gone through it before. Your body has a memory and knows about how much a baby of yours should eat. Plus with 2, your a bit more busy and stressed which can also have a impact on your milk suppy. With my son (#2) I never felt like I had the milk I needed. When in reality I had plenty. My body just knew how much I needed, and during those wonderful growth spirts I just let him nurse a little longer on each side by rotating him back and fourth (so he was getting double fed on each side at each feeding.) this way he would naturally tell my body that he needed more milk the next day at that feeding. If your really conserned about baby gaining wait you can take her to your local hospital every week and have her weighed. Most hospitals do it as a free service in there maternity wards. There may also be some great Breastfeeding support groups at you local hospitals that will have lactation consultants.
Other quick tips:
Dont use lavendar it will reduce your milk.
Once you start Fenugreek you should not stop.
Mother milk teas work for some but not others as it depends on the consentration and quality of the tea used.

Heather - posted on 03/28/2011

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You are lucky you are able to get 3 oz while pumping! I was only able to get one. There are some natural products you can take as well to help increase breast milk supply. I used domperione, ask your doctor about it. Also another great place to get information is Jack Newman's website. I think it is: www.drjacknewman.com

Alison - posted on 03/28/2011

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Have you seen a lactation consultant? As it could be a flow issue or something else. One of my friends had a small cyst blocking her flow. I she changing nappies regularly and putting on weight?

Lindsey - posted on 03/28/2011

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First I agree with the other moms, your pump is not a good indicator, more important is the baby gaining weight? Does she seem satisfied after nursing, and is she making enough wet and dirty diapers. That being said, I had a supply issue with my first and it was totally stressful and scary, so, here are the best ways to bump up your supply that I found. 1) Drink Mother's Milk Tea (I got mine at GNC) 2) Pump AFTER feeding, this makes your body think "More demand!" and gets it to create more milk and 3) Try some herbal supplements for you like fenugreek, milkthistle, alphalpha, you can google galactagogues and find a whole list, and there is a tincture you can take called Motherlove More Milk Plus that worked really well for me. Hope this helps! Good luck, and remember that any breastmilk is better than none!

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As Christy said, trust your body! Our bodies are made for breastfeeding. It's a scary time with a newborn, and confidence is at an all-time low, but, when you think about it, women have been breastfeeding their babies for thousands of years and it must work because the human race is still going strong!
The chances of you not producing enough milk are extremely small - don't have the figures with me, but I'll look them up. (I think it's about 5% of women globally who cannot lactate for various reasons.)

AS other mums have said, the pump is nowhere near as effective as your baby, so don't use that as a measure! The best way to check if your baby is getting enough milk is to count nappies - if she's producing 6-8 wet nappies per day, she's getting enough!

All the best, Jennifer, and tell yourself you're a woman, so you'll feed this child!

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I agree with the others. The lactation consultant told me she could only get 10mL out of each breast and she breastfed successfully for a year.

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Trust your body - and nurse often. Don't believe that pump! I know that I never got as much as I thought I should out of pumping, and neither do friends of mine. Pumps can't do what babies can do.

Mia - posted on 03/27/2011

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Yep totally agree with the other mum's! Pumping isn't a good indicator of how much milk you have. The only way to really know is by bub, is she growing, developing, sleeping, pooping and having enough wet nappies. My advice, go and find yourself a great lactation consultant/baby nurse who can walk you through this time. Fenugreek and also motilium (domperidome) can boost your supply but you'd only give those a go if the LC recommends it. But like others recommend earlier, ensure you're eating and drinking right, and taking a pregnancy/breastfeeding vitamin. Your bub will let you know if they're not getting enough milk.

Cara - posted on 03/27/2011

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In all your effort to take care of your new little one make sure you're also taking care of YOU! Snack often throughout the day (healthy if you can), sleep when your baby does, and drink lots of water. I set a goal to finish a glass or bottle of water at every feeding time. There are also certain foods that can help your body support milk production. Here's a great website that has lots of breastfeeding support/info! http://www.drmomma.org/2010/08/major-mil...

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2011

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Pumping is not a good way of telling how much milk you have. a baby is a much stronger sucker and will totally empty your breast. As long as she is having wet diapers your baby is probably getting enough. feed feed feed if you dont think you are giving her enough. your body will automatically make more milk. it is a supply and demand thing. if for some reason she is not latching on right you may not produce enough. I went to a La Lecha League group and it was wonderful! They are a wealth of information!!!!!! if you google it you could probably find one near you. Good luck!! Your doing great and dont give up! :)

Tammy - posted on 03/27/2011

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although it is supply and demand; I swear I produced more milk from an herbal supplement called fenugreek. (not sure on spelling) you can get it from gnc. milk was like gold in my house good luck

Shruti - posted on 03/27/2011

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Hey don't worry a) it can take anything between 4-8 weeks for the demand supply equation of milk production to get settled. Your milk production is customised to your baby's appetite and feeding frequency. As long as you feed your baby on demand (yeah even if it means every 45 mins) and your baby is gaining weight normally month on month there's nothing to worry about.

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You can tell your baby is getting enough if there are plenty of wet diapers. Pumps are NOT good indicators of production. If she's happy, healthy and meeting milestones, she's fine.

If you notice she is getting fewer than 7 wet diapers in a 24 hour period, you may need to up the ante: make sure you're getting plenty of protein (protein powders are a great way to supplement your own diet for her), hydrating enough, avoid mint (it can be drying), drink mother's milk tea at least 3 times a day, relax as much as possible when nursing and pumping, pump immediately after feeds to increase stimulation and therefore production, feed baby often, on demand and offer often. Allow her to nurse as long as she wants, as long as there's still swallowing occurring.
Trust your body, trust the process and trust her ability to feed. Numbers are not your friend when it comes to feeding your child! In the beginning, all our job entails is keeping our babies happy.

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If she is growing at steady rate and seems satisfied, she is probably getting what she needs. GNC does sell a tea that will increase your supply. Also, what I did was to nurse and then pump after to build my supply. Hope this helps.

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I agree with the other moms...don't rely on pumping to tell you what you are producing. The size of your breasts doesn't always indicate how much milk you are producing either. If your baby is content and the diapers prove it, you're doing fine. If baby shows hunger signs and isn't wet/dirty talk to your doctor. I know that being Italian I was encouraged by all the women in my family to eat lots of chicken soup because it is really good for your milk supply. I obliged and never had a problem producing milk so that might be worth a try if you are concerned. Good Luck!

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