Milk Issue

Catia - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I've been pumping my milk now for 2 weeks (I only had my little prince 2 weeks ago). At first everything was great I could pump 5-6 ounces in one sitting. Now I'm struggling to pump even 2 ounces. Any advice?? I really don't want to give up on the breast milk, because I do want him to get all the nutrients he can.

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Kasia - posted on 05/22/2009

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Keep your boobies warm, ask husband for masage and drink a lot of water- thats gonna keep milk runing to your boobs.... If theres not enough milk then pump more often and colect the milk together( you can do this up til 12 hours) And remember- dont stress!! You can feed your son with your milk! Good luck

Candace - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had to do the same thing with my daughter. She refused to latch on, but i never had the problem of milk not coming in. I even leaked in the middle of a lunch we had with grandma and grandmas friends, it was not fun. I heard a lot of different ways. i even hear the having a few sips of beer works. A little odd yes i know but i know someone who did it and was getting over 20 ounces every few hours.

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Catia, how often are you pumping? And are you making sure to drink enough water - 64oz a day? Exclusive pumping can be tough, and it is awesome that you've been able to do it for 2 weeks now. I pump while I'm at work currently. I'd suggest drinking lots of water, increasing the length and frequency of your pumping sessions, and start eating oatmeal. The more you pump, the more you produce, plus your body will become more accustomed to pumping so eventually you won't need to do it so often. Also, make sure you're doing at least one pumping session in the middle of the night - this is really important for your supply. I've linked some resources from Kellymom below, which is a great resource for breastfeeding and pumping. Congrats on the new baby!

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/mainta...
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bf-li...

Lynn - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had the same issue when Aiden was first born... The Dr told me to get in a hot shower before pumping and of course drinking and eating before or during pumping. Also , I was told to bring Aiden close by to me while pumping because having her near and looking at her would help you to produce more. Another option is to do a lot of "skin to skin" time with your daughter. Since you're not feeding straight from the breast you still need that time with her to help stimulate as well. Good Luck honey! :) Hope it helped some. Stick with it!:)

Jenni - posted on 05/20/2009

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I had the same problems, too. My son had to go to the NICU for his first week. When I was out of the room, the nurses started him on the bottle, without even consulting me. What's worse is that they didn't even use the formula we had decided to use..if we had to. SO, he never took to the breast, I had to pump. I had a problem that actually runs in my family, oddly enough. After about a month, it just dried up, no matter what I tried. Same thing happened to my mother and grandmother every time they had a baby. Might try talking to yours to see what their experiences were like.

Tara - posted on 05/20/2009

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I have had the same problems with milk flow and my daughter not wanting to take the breast because she just wants to eat! I usually can get at least 4 ounces at a time but sometimes its a little less and sometimes more. I am a full-time student so if I can pump 5 times a day I am lucky! Sometimes I only get in 3 or 4, sometimes six but definitely the more you can do it the better. I have also heard that fenugreek seed is good. I bought fenugreek seed tea and drink that and I think it does work (though the caplets are probably faster and I am thinking of getting them now instead!) I would agree that you need to stay hydrated (at least 64oz of fluid a day). My Dr also said to drink a lot of milk as well as water. Stay away from things with a lot of caffeine (they just make you dehydrated). I also go back and forth and gently squeeze each breast during pumping or put a little heat on them before I start and then massage them (start on the outside and massage toward the nipple) which also helps. My daughter is five weeks old and I am hoping to continue to be able to pump for at least six months - good luck!

Charlie - posted on 05/20/2009

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i did the same thing and noticed if i chugged a load of water their was triple the amount of breast milk , even when it wouldnt come out half way through pumping i would drink a heap of water and watch it flood out !

Denise - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hey girl!! Congratulations! Pumping requires more work than breastfeeding and the lactation consultant told me that it is harder for the pump to empty and stimulate your breasts to make milk. It does work on supply and demand so the more you do it the more milk you will have. I have an aunt that pumped for a whole year straight so it is doable. My advice would be to keep at it and if you have a good pediatrician/health care plan take advantage of the lactation consultants. A visit with them usually doesn't cost you $ for the co-pay and they will sit there and help you for hours if you need it. They love babies and are very patient and knowledgable about pumping/breastfeeding.

Amber - posted on 05/19/2009

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Have you tried dream feeds? The don't work anymore for us, but it helped us a little when he was younger. My son goes to bed between 7-8 and dad goes at like 10-10:30 so he would feed him before he went to bed then and baby stays asleep longer which means extra sleep for you that 5 or 6 hour chunk helped me gain my sanity back

Catia - posted on 05/19/2009

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I've been doing the formula only at night. Mainly because he sleeps longer so we are able to get our rest also. I'm just hoping its stress and nothing else. Thanx for the advice Amber

Amber - posted on 05/19/2009

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Catia I had the same problem my baby never would take the breast he was very small and we just couldn't make it work. You are doing great though by continuing with pumping. I started pumping as soon as my milk came in and it has been 4 months and I am still pumping. I have had it go up and down at times so some real helps are pump more often. I read if you exclusively pump to do it every 2 hours I do it every 3 hours though. I find it normal for me to pump tons early in the morning and it gets less as the day goes on. Get some fenugreek from the health food store and I know you can take a lot like 2 capsules 3 times a day or drink mother's milk tea lots. Make sure your shields for your pump are the right size mine weren't and it was painful I got some from pumpinpals.com and love them. I also put a little olive oil on the shields and it makes the pumping more comfortable since I do it so much. Also pump for 10-15 minutes each time, but not longer if the milk stops let it pump 2 more minutes. Drink lots and make sure you eat enough too. Don't let anyone make you feel like you are doing anything wrong you are doing the best thing for your baby. I do now have to suppliment a couple bottles of formula in the night but in the begining I always had enough. My baby went from 4 pounds 11 ounces to 10 pounds in one month.

Catia - posted on 05/19/2009

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My son just wont take to my breast I try, but he just wants food right away and doesn't want to work for it. So I've been feeding him the breastmilk from the bottle. Its been working great for me, because my boyfriend is even able to do the feedings at night so I can sleep.

Annie - posted on 05/19/2009

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Congratulations!!! I was just wondering, are you breastfeeding straight from the breast, or feeding breastmilk from a bottle? I had no need to pump at all. When my daughter was born, she took from the breast just about every 2 hours. It was only later when I wanted to go out that I pumped so that she wouldn't miss a feeding. I wouldn't think that you're back at work so early on, so I'm just wondering why you're pumping?

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