I am having a tough time with pumping enough breast milk for a feeding. Does anyone have any advice on how to make pumping easier and/or more efficient?

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Stephanie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I tried anythig and everything and I finally asked the pediatrician about it. She put me on Reglan for three weeks and it has helped so much. Another thing she suggested was eating oatmeal. Drink plenty of water  and there is a tea you can drink as well its called Mothers Milk Tea.

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2009

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I actually had the same problem of not producing enough milk.  I talked with my Dr and she told me to take this natural herb/pill called Fenugreek.  It works wonders!!  You can get it at your local natural store.  Hope this helps!

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I have found that drinking alot of milk and eating oatmeal have helped.. there are some supplements you can take... ALSO gerber makes heated nursing pads... When i was first pumping I used to put them on 15 min before pumping....

Jackie - posted on 03/13/2009

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Have you tried different size pumping parts? My lactation nurse suggested I get bigger pumping parts it pulls the milk out better. That worked for me, I get enought to supply my 10 month old everyday at daycare.

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Jamie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Some woman, unfortunately, do not produce enough milk (their milk doesn't come in). If you are getting milk and want to increase production, you can drink more water, eat alfalfa sprouts (yes, it works....the cows eat it!), and their is a tea called Mother's Milk Tea. The tea promotes healthy lactation. Drink the tea 3-5 times a day. It's really good tasting...I add sugar and creamer to it! I hope all goes well for you!



From one lactating mom to another!



Jamie

Emma - posted on 03/12/2009

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pumping is not as effitient as the baby at producing milk, i found it was easyer to hand express rather than use pumps.



a lot of mums give up breastfeeding after trying to express as they think they havnt got enough milk, but its not true.



if you express imbetween feeds everyday you will gradually start to produce more milk



if you are still struggling fenugreek tablets can help boost milk supply

Marlo - posted on 03/12/2009

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I would talk to a naturapath doctor... there are some herbs that are safe and really helped me when my supply dropped due to menstration... they may help! I used the brand "More Milk Plus" by Motherlove. They are kinda spendy but after one bottle, I didn't need them anymore! Hang in there... you will get it... pumping takes some time for your body to relax and release as much as your baby can make you release!

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2009

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depending on what type of pump you are using (automatic or manuel) and your diet, the flow and volume will vary. drink lots more fluids and stick to the healthiest diet you can manage, if all else fails and still unsure try calling your public health nusre and they can even stop by... they can be very helpful...bye

Audrey - posted on 03/12/2009

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Stay AWAY from tight clothes. I wear nothing but sports bras and my DR told me that's what she tells moms to wear when they are ready to ween off the breast!!! OMG!!! I have also started the Mother's Milk Tea, found at GNC $5.50 or HEB in the Organics section for the same price.

Sharon - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi Hannah, breast feeding does not work for everyone, your baby will not suffer if you feed with formula to help out, my sons now 8, when he was born i could only feed from one breast and started to find it hard, hope this help Sharon

Janet - posted on 03/12/2009

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Well you may think that this is strange but it worked for me with all 3 of my kids. Drink a bottle of beer a day. The wheat and the barley will help you to produce more just make sure to drink alot of other liquids. My choice was bud light.... If you want to try it I was told by my dr to do this and it will not hurt the baby at all... all three of my kids are now very happy and healthy.

Ardra - posted on 03/12/2009

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Only let baby feed from one side for the day! Then pump while nursing totally works!! Plus the manual pumps are garbage you can rent the good ones at the pharmacy!

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Try a really hot hot shower prior to. Should help stimulate and free up the flow. Good luck!

Shelley - posted on 03/12/2009

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Do your pumping while you are in a warm bath. The warm water and relaxation help it flow easier.

Chrissie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I found the more times I pumped the more milk I got.  I guess it has something to do with supply and demand.  Drink a LOT of water.  Also, if you have to give your baby some formula just to supplement, do it.  I actually got to a point where I had nothing in my freezer except breastmilk - don't worry keep at it.

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I know this might sound crazy but getting in a warm shower and letting the water run over the breasts, then try pumping.

Chezz - posted on 03/12/2009

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hey, i had the same poblem its real hard but i found that if i expressed while bub is feeding on the othe side the milk flows excellent

Stacy - posted on 03/12/2009

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eating alot of oatmeal helps your milk increase. That's anything with oatmeal in it like cookies, cereal bars, etc.

Cari - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi Hannah.

I just had this same problem. My Dr. told me to buy this herb at GNC. It's called FENUGREEK. The Dr. said to take it 3x a day. DRINK LOTS OF WATER!

after 2 weeks I can't believe the difference. I also pump at 10:00pm or so. that helps to boost up the supply. I don't allow more than 9 hrs at night without pumping. Good Luck!

Joann - posted on 03/11/2009

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i had twins recently. i'e been pumping for our son and freezing extra for our daughter that is still in the nicu. she has started feeding a few days ago and is catching up to his amount fast so i am worried i wont have enough milk for both babies. our home health nurse recommended fenugreek to increase supply. i just started today. here is a link you can check out to see if it'll help. http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksuppl...     i am pumping as we speak/ typing with one hand ;) good luck

Beth - posted on 03/11/2009

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Water will help and if you get a pump from the hospital. The express pumps are awful. Also, if you express too much, you can freeze breast milk. I had to express mine every couple of hours. My daughter couldn't latch on as she was too small. My son, he latched and had the expressed. He was always hungry and went on food at 10 wks old. I hope this helps you. Good luck and think positive thoughts!!!

Kristen - posted on 03/11/2009

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Sorry, it was an Avent manual pump! Worked really well for me personally, small, nice carrying case and cooler, soft cups, and I felt I had better control of the speed, I became really quick and efficient on my short breaks

Kristen - posted on 03/11/2009

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It is important to pump at the same time intervals as you would if you were breastfeeding, or if you only pump when you're not w/ your baby obviously pumping on your babies feeding schedule. This keeps up your supply and demand. Drink lots of water, fruits and veggies, SLEEP(yeah right, but helpful!). The tea everyone has mentioned contains what is called Fenugreek, and comes in pill form as well, considered perfectly safe for mom and baby. I used it when I went back to work part-time and helped immensely, mild taste too. I used the Medela electrc at home, and hand-pump at work. Good luck, don't get frustrated, I nursed my son and pumped at work until he was 23 months, because it was really important for me, then he decided times up!

Kathy - posted on 03/11/2009

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I've had two little girls. I had a hard time with the first, but got some good advice the second time around from a lactation nurse. Yes, drink a lot, a lot, of water, but if you want more milk, it isn't "easy". She suggested two things: 1) feed then pump every time, and/or 2) "power pumping". Some women pump while watching tv. Watch your show as usual, but pump during every commercial. Frankly, the more you pump, the more milk you will have. I followed #1 and had enough milk in the freezer for three weeks straight. Good luck.

Hayley - posted on 03/11/2009

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well i was told that pumping acually stimulate the breaths to make mre milk so maby just give iand i thik theres acually a avent electri pump u can buy no more than 200 dollers which i found electric pump great hope that helpsa bit.

Erin - posted on 03/11/2009

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That is so frustrating, I know!  I had that problem and found that using a heating pad helped in addition to drinking lots of water! :)

Natalie - posted on 03/11/2009

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hi, i had lots of problems w feeding and pumping.do you have amn electric breast pump?manual ones r too hard and dont mimick the proper sucking motion of the child,invest in one if u dont or hire from hosp.drinkink more water and milk helps,also try having a photo of baby 2 look @ while pumping.dont get stressed by it,it hinders milk production.good luck

Ambar - posted on 03/11/2009

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its very important that you drink lots of water. you also need to eat enough healthy food. but the most important thing is you need to be relaxed. think about your baby while you are pumping. i was very good getting the mental image, i would just think about my baby and i could pump like 8 ounces at once. but if you find it more difficult, look at a picture of your baby, or use something with your baby's smell. remember, breastfeeding is about the connection you have with your baby, just think about her and your body will know.



good luck!!!

Starresa - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hello! I know after awhile my milk started to dry up so my doctor prescribed these pills that help a women produce more milk. I forgot the name of it but they only give you a 1 month supply. Otherwise you can go to GNC and they have pills too that help produce more breast milk. One of the pills is called Milk Thistle. Hope this helps & GOOD LUCK!

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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Have you ever heard of Fenugreek, it helps build up your milk supply.  Three of my girlfriends had the same problem and it worked.  The only downfall is you and your baby may begin to smell like molasses.  It's safe and highly recommended.  You can find it at GNC or any wholefood stores.

Amy - posted on 03/11/2009

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I would suggest that you see a certified lactation consultant.  They are the experts on breast feeding.  That being said my first child I exclusively pumped, my second and third I was able to feed at breast.  You should be drinking plenty of fluids, and there are supplements and herbal remedies you can try also, but i would get in touch with a lactation consultant first.

Margo - posted on 03/11/2009

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there is an herbal supplement that you can take to increase your milk supply---this will make it much easier; also, if it is painful you can purchase the silicone inserts to go with pump

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Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating healthy. I am a working mom and have nursed all three of my girls and pumped during the day and nursed at night. If your baby normally eats every four hours start to pump every two. Clock the amount of time your child spends on each breast...for instance if it is ten minutes on each side....be sure to pump for close to the same time. You will not get as much milk at first but I assure you...the more you pump the more you will produce!! Also make sure that if you are at home and breastfeeding that when it seems they are through you pump your breast afterwards and make sure they are empty. It is important to empty each side. If you don't use it you lose it so to speak and you will start to produce less!!! And lastly....the pump matters. I don't know what you have but if you can't afford to buy a hospital grade put..many maternity stores will rent them for a monthly fee. I can tell you from experience it makes a HUGE difference!

Tammy - posted on 03/11/2009

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have you tried hand expressin?? done in the correct way many moms find it works better and you dont need 2spend time sterilising n takin appart the fiddly bits jus wash your hands thoroughly. you can also do it anywhere wen your out if needs b its kinda like they were made for the job!! good luck x

Tanya - posted on 03/11/2009

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There is a tea that can help projuce milk. fenal tea it also reduses refluxs tastesb horrid but i found it helped, also get your partner to stimulate u before u express

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I think I must have tried all the suggestions below (!!!) as I had a major problem with this - I was full but could not get more than an ounce off at a time with a breast pump. It was very frustrating. The only thing that worked for me was to nurse baby on one side and use the pump on the other. Worked a treat. By the time I discovered this though my baby was nearly six months old and I was about to finish breast feeding anyway!

User - posted on 03/11/2009

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This is my 2nd time breast feeding i know for a fact that if you eat oatmeal or fennel your milk will increase...i bought a pump the medela swing i hardly use it ...if i have to express milk i do it by hand i get more out that way....Good Luck

Kerry - posted on 03/11/2009

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The breast shields come in different sizes. I found that the shields that came with my pump were too small. I tried a size bigger and it made a world of difference with the amount I pumped.

Susan - posted on 03/11/2009

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Only tried it a few times but was advised to do it in the morning when your full, use a very warm cloth on your breasts and drink water. Had quite an effect on me pumping on one and leaking on the other!! but one very happy 9 1/2 lb baby being fed by Daddy, happy pumping!!

Kelsey - posted on 03/10/2009

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pump more often! if you can pump for shorter periods of time every couple hours, give it 4 or 5 days and your body will catch up. keep breastfeeding too if you aren't already.

Tequila - posted on 03/10/2009

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Try the shower hot water ,just let the water help but in the meanwhile have the pump on you if that doesn't work hot face towel to help stimulate your flow.

Colleen - posted on 03/10/2009

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I am only able to pump just enough for the next day usually.  I take fenugreek which seems to help.  Also, I find that peanut butter really helps.  Good luck!  I feel your aggrivation!

Vanessa - posted on 03/10/2009

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Try pumping while lying in a hot bath. This relaxes you and helps the milk flow, it always worked for me, besides , it gives you an excuse for some quiet time to relax.

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Apparently eating nuts helps. I have a peanut butter sandwich on days I haven't got much milk. but yeh. generally eating more. You may be dieting too early, stressed about something or doing too much a day.

Abbie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Be careful with the fenegreek herb, I tried that - I got so sick I had to give up breastfeeding, because I couldn't keep anything in me for 2 days. It was horrible!!! So just an fyi on that. My lactation nurse told me to drink 1 NON alcholalic beer a day. There is something in the brewing process that helps up your milk. Its crazy but it did work. Also increasing your calories, you need to consume like 1000 calories of GOOD calories a day to increase your milk. Best of luck, and remember if you can't breast feed or pump your main goal as a mommy is to feed your baby..........however that maybe!! Bottle or breast........either or!!

Jyl - posted on 03/10/2009

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I use a medella double breast pump and I get the most milk in the morning right when you wake up. Usually I get more than enough for two feedings at that time. Make sure you relax your body when you pump. Try drinking a beer too, that helped me (;

Katherine - posted on 03/10/2009

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Following the advice of my lactation consultant, I double pumped after every other feeding and stayed on the breast pump for 20 minutes at a time (making sure there was no discomfort).  With this method, I experienced 2 or 3 letdowns per pumping session and doubled the volume of pumped milk within 48 hours.  She had also suggested that I rent a hospital grade pump but I stuck with my Medela Advance Pump In Style (with stimulation phase followed by pumping phase).  Also, I personally have more success with pumping if I'm not stressing over how much milk I'm able to collecting, so a distraction like being at the computer, is helpful for me. 



As a breastfeeding mom who has used Medela products, I am a Medela Mom Maven.  I recommended checking out their website where you can ask a Lacatation Consultant and read articles on subjects like using Fenugreek for milk supply.  Hope this helps.



http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/

Leslie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Katherine:



Following the advice of my lactation consultant, I double pumped after every other feeding and stayed on the breast pump for 20 minutes at a time (making sure there was no discomfort).  With this method, I experienced 2 or 3 letdowns per pumping session and doubled the volume of pumped milk within 48 hours.  She had also suggested that I rent a hospital grade pump but I stuck with my Medela Advance Pump In Style (with stimulation phase followed by pumping phase).  Also, I personally have more success with pumping if I'm not stressing over how much milk I'm able to collecting, so a distraction like being at the computer, is helpful for me. 






As a breastfeeding mom who has used Medela products, I am a Medela Mom Maven.  I recommended checking out their website where you can ask a Lacatation Consultant and read articles on subjects like using Fenugreek for milk supply.  Hope this helps.






http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/





I loved this pump too!  It worked great. I would also pump for about 20 mins each side, making sure to be fully "drained".  I would pump at every feeding (my son would only take the bottle).  I had so much when I stopped pumping he still had about a months supply of milk.

Stella - posted on 03/10/2009

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my experience was to alternate pumping and breast-feeding. when i switched to just pumping, my milk supply wasn't as much. the warm compress also helps. i did not try to pump while feeding (on the other boob) but it sure sounds messy. goodluck!

Katherine - posted on 03/10/2009

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Following the advice of my lactation consultant, I double pumped after every other feeding and stayed on the breast pump for 20 minutes at a time (making sure there was no discomfort).  With this method, I experienced 2 or 3 letdowns per pumping session and doubled the volume of pumped milk within 48 hours.  She had also suggested that I rent a hospital grade pump but I stuck with my Medela Advance Pump In Style (with stimulation phase followed by pumping phase).  Also, I personally have more success with pumping if I'm not stressing over how much milk I'm able to collecting, so a distraction like being at the computer, is helpful for me. 



As a breastfeeding mom who has used Medela products, I am a Medela Mom Maven.  I recommended checking out their website where you can ask a Lacatation Consultant and read articles on subjects like using Fenugreek for milk supply.  Hope this helps.



http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/

Girija - posted on 03/10/2009

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Relax, drink lots of water, hot compresses, positive reinforcements and positive thoughts, fenugreek tablets from the health store all help your supply in their own way.

I am posting a link where i found a lot of useful information when i was breastfeeding.

http://www.kellymom.com

Hope this helps. Good luck

Stacy - posted on 03/10/2009

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when I was b'feeding, my dr told me to try eating oatmeal in the morning for breakfast. There is something in the oatmeal that helps. I had a breast reduction done and wasn't able to b'feed my son (5yrs old now) exclusively until after I tried that. Hope you find something that works for you.

Amanda - posted on 03/10/2009

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Try using larger shields if you're large chested. Most shields that come with pumps are too small and can hinder letdown on larger chested ladies.

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