Breastfeeding

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2014 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is a month old and she is my first child. I'm currently breastfeeding. I usually pump and feed her by bottle. But I'm having trouble keeping up with the amount she takes. I do not want to switch to formula if I dont have to. Is there anything I can do or try that would increase my production?

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Danicia - posted on 03/14/2014

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I've heard women have noticed an increase in their supply by drinking a Gatorade. my guess is that it's the hydration factor and possibly the electrolytes. stay hydrated and eating healthy, good work momma keep it up! :)

Kennishia - posted on 03/13/2014

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I think the best way is to put baby to the breast directly she will train your breast to produce just what she needs then pump also at certain times.

Summer - posted on 03/13/2014

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After you nurse, pump for 10 to 15 minutes and that should do the trick. That's what I was recommended to do and it worked for me!!! Good luck!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/12/2014

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I would be pumping every 2 hours. Typically a bfing baby will eat every 1 1/2 hours to every 2 hours. The more often you pump, the more you will get. BUT, feeding from the breast she will get more than the pump can get out. You may not be able to keep up with her demands, but kudos to you for making the huge effort of pumping constantly. If you are interested in bfing her, I would try asap. The longer she goes with the bottle the less likely she will be to latch onto your breast.

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2014

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Ok thank you for the hekpful information. I will just continue doing what I have done but be sure to pump more often.

Celeste - posted on 03/12/2014

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No, spacing out pumping sessions will not increase production. Milk production works by supply and demand. The more you nurse and or pump will increase production. Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz, so your output is actually pretty good.

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2014

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Thanks ladies on responding. She is taking about 3-4oz every 4 hours. So it is just hard keeping up with that. I was diing every 2 hours but my output was only about 2 oz so I spaced it out a little more thinking it would increase my production.

Dove - posted on 03/12/2014

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Some women can successfully e-pump, but many can not. I would think you should be pumping at LEAST once every 2 hours.. if not more often.. in order to keep up supply. Feeding from the tap is SO much easier as baby is more efficient at getting the milk out than even the best pump out there.

Celeste - posted on 03/12/2014

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I think you're right on in that she prefers the bottle. You can get her to latch again. We went through something similar with my twin boys. One refused to latch but after working with him, I did get him to latch after about a couple of months. I can share what I did if you want. The reason why I am suggesting this is because pumps aren't as efficient as babies are and it's normal for pump output to decrease over time due to supply regulation.

As far as the pumping, I would up your pumping 2 to 3 hours. How big are the bottles and what kind of pump are you using?

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2014

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I have tried putting her to breast but she doesn't seem to like it. My main reason for using a bottle is because the hospital was concerned about the amount she was getting. So I think that may be part of it. She is just used to the bottle. I'm using Dr. Browns bottles and my pump is medela. I feel more comfortable using the bottles but I'm just concerned about not being able to pump enough.I an pumping about every 3-4 hours.

Celeste - posted on 03/12/2014

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Are you putting her to breast at all? How big are the bottles are you giving her? What kind of pump do you have and how often are you pumping?

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