How to increase milk supply when exclusively pumping

Lavanya - posted on 10/19/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am 5 weeks postpartum and I had a cesarean delivery, so I'm unable to hold baby to breastfeed. I am exclusively pumping 8-9 times a day every 2-3 hours in the day and every 4 hours at night, each pump session being 20-30 minutes long. In the first 10 minutes of each pump session, I get 25 ml at right breast and 30 ml at left. Sometimes only 55 from both. But my son drinks 110 ml at each feeding. If I keep a 3 hour gap, I get 80/85 from both. How can i increase my milk supply? Is there anything wrong with my pump timings or length of pump sessions?

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Jahnee Remedy - posted on 10/21/2013

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There are pills the midwife can usually give you to keep your milk flow up maybe you could ask her about them as I found them really great.. Sadly you can not hold bubz to bring him/her to your breast as that really does a lot for your milk flow,best time to breastfeed I was told was during the day an during the night pump as that's when your breast fill up the most you might find your milk might get lower due to no breastfeeding..The only other way for to get a lot of milk is if there is a very big gap between feeds as you breast's are not being emptied as much.. Hope this is helpful as I would have no clue how else on a breast pump you could get a very good milk flow
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