My Supply is VERY low :(

Jailene - posted on 10/12/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I quit breastfeeding exclusively because of the lack of sleep and just needed one less stressor in my life and ever since I've been only pumping.... I've notice a big drop in my supply and I've been needed to supplement with formula if not he'll starve . I want to give him ONLY breastmilk but its so hard to make enough when he usually takes in4 ounces every feeding and I only make 2 ounces every pumping session .. any advice on what to do ? I don't want to dry up my goal is 1 yr..

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Lori - posted on 10/12/2013

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Most women do not respond near as well to the pump as they do to a baby nursing directly. I'm not sure that I understand how pumping will be less stressful than just nursing the baby. The way I see it, it's one more step that doesn't need to be there. You're adding in the time to pump, then dealing with storage of the milk, cleaning of the pump and parts, and for what?

How often are you pumping? If you want a chance at pumping enough you will probably need to pump every two hours. And if I read your other post correctly, your LO is 1 month old? Most moms of 1 month olds are sleep deprived... whether they bottle feed or breastfeed. It's the way babies are. It's natural, and it's exhausting. But it does get better.
My suggestion - get that baby back to the breast. If you really need to pump enough so that perhaps your hubby can bottle feed one of the middle of the night feedings while you sleep, then breastfeed the rest of the time, pick a time of day you can pump around the same time every day, and pump then. Use that milk for the middle of the night feeding. And other than that one... nurse the baby directly from the breast.

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Kaija - posted on 02/20/2017

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I was having the same issues with my second baby. With my first one I never faced supply problem and she was ebf for whole one and half year. However, long story short, a friend suggested a lactation tea healthy nursing tea. I used to drink the tea three to four times a day and it helped a lot and still my lo is bfing with no supply decrease.

Celeste - posted on 10/13/2013

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ITA with Lori. How long have you been supplementing? Actually, 2 oz is a pretty good output. Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total. Also, be aware that what you pump is NOT an indicator of what you actually produce. Babies are much more efficient than a pump.

Put baby to breast and watch for diapers. You want 6-8 diapers, no matter content. If your baby is making enough diapers, your baby is getting enough.

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