increase breast pumped milk

Jan - posted on 10/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Going back to work very soon. I'm only pumping at the most 3oz, will it get better the more times I pump on the schedule I set? I may only have a set time each day to pump. I've tried pumping at least a hour at a time while at home. Thanks for your help in advance!

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Shirley - posted on 10/10/2009

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I went through this with my first son... Try pumping more often that way you won't have to do it for an hour maybe 30 min. When you go back to work how many times will you be able to pump? I could only do it once a day in between patients. I work with a male Doctor and he doesn't understand lol. Once a day wasn't enough for me I started to loose my milk. But you can avoid this by pumping more often. Best wishes.

Tamara - posted on 10/10/2009

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Hi Jan,

I'm going on my 3rd child and am planning to nurse again. I found that the more times you nursed or pumped, the more you told your body that it needs to produce for the baby so you'll make more milk. Not sure how old your little one is, but if you look at how much formula is suggested at each age and stage, you'll see that it's about the amount you probably would pump at a time. I was frustrated at the beginning b/c I'd pump and only get a couple ounces by the time my boys were 10 months, I was getting 8 oz ++ at a time when I'd pump.

Good luck and hope I offered some help.

Tamara

Kiehrstin - posted on 10/10/2009

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depends on the time of day, the type of pump, and how old the child is, it takes trhee months to really get ur breast in a good supply, 3 oz is typical, 5 am is a good time to pump, more milk production early am!! stress of going back to work and all that effect let down so stay calm!!, when the baby wont be there to nurse and ur not getting emptied it should pick up, and little babies dont need ALOT at one feeding, REMBER SUPPLY AND DEMAND THOUGH so as the baby grows and demnadsmore (or u pump more) the more u make... also try hrebs if still low milk (blessed thistle and fenegrek) Babies are MUCH better at sucking then a dumb machine, so when u ARE home from work, he will get a nice full belly!! Blessed Be!

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Alvina - posted on 05/07/2017

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Try drinking lots of fluids, not necessarily milk. Soups and water can do. Drink healthy nursing tea and keep on pumping. Except for you vitamins, do not take anything that may decrease milk production.

Kiehrstin - posted on 10/11/2009

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babies will over eat at a bottle, bc its easy just like us eat to fast and u dont get achance to know ur full till ut o ur STUFFED ugh... so dont be discouraged if she takes 4 oz but u can only make 3 at a time... she wont starve! it will get better! Formula fed babies (ie bottle babies) do over eat usually

Jan - posted on 10/11/2009

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Thanks Everyone for your responses. My baby girl is almost 3 months. I should have a total of 4 times I will be able to pump during the daycare. I plan to Nurse her before I leave for work and then again when I get home in the after and I will have the 4 sessions of pumping in between that time. I have one side that doesn't produce but about 1.5oz at the most, if that when I pump ( this one is the least of her favorite when feeding) and the other will produce as much as 3oz on its own. I figure I could get them both in sync then I would really be in business. She can drink from the bottle 4-6oz a feeding. 6oz is that feeding is after a Nursing session. So I guess it seems that quantity (# of pumping sessions should help the increase of the pumped milk, but that it will take time) I'm taking Fenugreek right now to help increase my supply. I am totally convinced it has kicked in yet.

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