Please help! My child is eating twice what I can pump now, what can I do?

Lisa - posted on 07/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




I need help, I am a working mom of a now 4 1/2 months old baby girl who is eating twice what I pump in a day. I never lost my menstrual cycle so this does not help as my milk supply always dips prior to ovulation and then again prior to the actual menses.
I am taking Fenugreek and Sesame Seeds to try and increase my supply and I am considering using Domperidone. I pump at work every three hrs even though she eats every two because I cannot do it more often. What else can I do? I am going to start her on solids this weekend to see if it helps but I feel awful. I wanted to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months.


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Krista - posted on 07/04/2012




The domperidone is worth a try. I see a lot of mothers go through this when their children are about 4 months old. The babies are gearing up for a growth spurt and become almost insatiable.

If the Domperidone doesn't work, it may be worth considering a tiny bit of supplementation, just to get her through the growth spurt. You can give her formula in a cup if you're worried about her developing nipple confusion. (Just hold a clean Dixie cup up to her lips and let tiny dribbles of formula go into her mouth.) Obviously, feed her from the breast first, but if she's still hungry, then at least it'll help satiate her.

Dove - posted on 07/04/2012




How long are you away from her when you work?

Do you nurse her every 2 hours when you are together and can/do you pump after she nurses?

Any chance whoever is watching her can put her off for 3 hours while you are gone... or continue to feed her every 2 hours, but a little less in each bottle?

Solids are not supposed to replace breast milk/formula until about a year, so I would prefer to supplement a little formula rather than use solids to replace a breast milk feeding if needed.

Sorry I don't have any other suggestions as I really don't have any pumping experience. Hang in there and just know you are doing the best you can for your little girl! ♥

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