Pumping and need more milk!

Raquel - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 5 months and I've been back to work full time since she was two months old. I been pumping at work but now she is eating more than I can pump. I am drinking the tea and also taking lactation drops. I have also increased my pumping to every 3 hours. Any suggestions on how to get more milk?

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Shelbi - posted on 02/08/2010

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Oh and hey I was just reading a parenting magazine that I get and it said that blessed thistle may help and for some unknown reason oatmeal is proven to help.
Their best advice is to pump early in the morning with a bowl of oatmeal and as often as possible.

Christine - posted on 02/08/2010

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I see Fenugreek was mentioned above - it works best for increasing milk supply if it is alternated with Blessed Thistle, and of course extra pumpings!

Shelly - posted on 02/08/2010

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Drink more water. Drink drink drink. Bring a picture of your daughter in with you when you pump.

Shelbi - posted on 02/08/2010

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Try to nurse her as much as possible because she can empty you better than the pump can. And try not to go too long with full breasts because thats a signal to the body that it needs to stop making milk. Get plenty of fluids, and try not to stress over work because stress can cause your milk supply to run low. Just stick with it and you'll be fine but if you're still having issues call the la leche league.

Heather - posted on 02/08/2010

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You could try the perscription domperidone, you take 3-9 pills a day and you will have plenty of milk but it also makes you gain weight. I think there is info on the jack newman site about it.

Janelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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my milk always slowed down around 4/12 months i thought i was drying up. persistence and patience you will get more milk soon. When you are home do you have her nurse?

Sheena - posted on 02/08/2010

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Have you tried the supplement fennugreek? It was recommended to me when I was not getting enough milk. Maybe it will help you too. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 02/08/2010

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Milk production is all about supply & demand. If you are pumping more often your breasts will start to make more milk, It may take a couple of days, though, so don't give up, and don't be tempted to supplement with formula. If you're still concerned call La Leche League 1-800-525-3243. They are a wonderful resource, and can offer a lot of information and much needed reassurance. Good luck! :)

Alicia - posted on 02/08/2010

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I know I experienced mile stones with completing 1.3 years of BF. Seamed to be about every 3 months a new hurdle but just push through ,it is just a matter of figuring out how to get the right signals to your body. Supply and demand it is an exact math. If she is not with you while pumping you need something that sends signals to your brain that she is in need of milk. If you could record her voice on your cell phone and listen to that while pumping or maybe even a lullaby you sing her while nursing that you could record and listen to. The signal of time to feed is needed and possible listen to it the whole time while pumping to extend the feeding time so you don't have to go as often but you are thinking right in going more often to get more signals to your brain. Possibly even something that smells like her you could hold. Feel your pain...you can do it, relax, see better than you hoped for in ounces vs. less and that is what you will get. Anything for that signal would help for sure.

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