Sharette - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
I have been trying very hard to get my milk supply to increase from the day my son was born. I started out having to use nipple shields to help my son latch on but now I can give him the bare breast & he latches on with no problem.
I purchased an electric double pump to help me get more milk out but it was taking am almost an hour to get an once from one breast! My mom advised me to buy another one, so I got the Philips's manual breast pump. It does much better & I am able to pump about an ounce in 5 mins from each breast. The problem I'm having is that my son is 2 months old, & takes about 2.5-3 ounces per feeding; at this point I feel I should be able to pump more than 2 ounces from my breasts. I spent all of June putting him on my breast more often & pumping at night while he was sleep. I worry that I will not be able to keep up with his demands & will have to rely on formula. I give him both breast & formula & now that I am back at work the pressure is really on for me to pump.
I have tried drinking more milk, lots of water but I'm wondering if I need to buy a 3rd pump to help get more out. I have huge breasts (44 DD) & I know my body should be capable of producing more milk (lol). The manual pump squirts the milk out very fast but after about 5 mins nothing comes out. I have to keep shifting it around & massaging my breasts to get more milk to come out.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get more out or know of a better pump to get more milk out?