Freezer supply is GONE! Ideas on how to stockpile?

Vivian - posted on 04/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm working full time and exclusively breastfeeding my 4 1/2 month old daughter. Before I went back to work, I managed to stockpile about 20 ounces, but that is LOOONG gone! She's with me at work 3 days a week and in daycare two days. By pumping at work while she's in daycare I *almost* get enough to send with her the next time, but I have to send every little bit I pump each time she's in daycare. So, I have NOTHING saved up beyond what's going with her. PLUS, she's intolerant of every formula we've tried with her, so I'm worried the day will come when mommy can't pump and we're just out of luck.

Anyone have some advice? How can I get my supply up to the level where she only needs one breast and I can pump the other? That would be the ideal!

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Sarah - posted on 04/29/2009

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I'm starting to really think for me, it's a matter of not drinking enough. Today I've been drinking a lot and I notice my supply is much better. Of course this is the 4th day of the Milkmaid tea. . . maybe a combo of both?

Vivian - posted on 04/29/2009

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I've started taking Fennugreek in the last week... But I think I'm going to try the Mother's Milk tea now. Do some women just not make a lot of milk? Because I've done the pumping after every feeding and I was still only producing 2 to almost 3 ounces when I pump while she's in daycare. So frustrating.

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Wow. . . Jessica, I'm glad you posted that about the Mother's Milk tea. I just started using it and I was only drinking one cup a day because I wasn't sure how much to drink! I was wondering, are you still pumping after every feed??



It says how much to drink on the box, but I never read boxes.  I am just lucky that I read the reviews on Amazon before I bought it!  I was really nervous about the taste since I hate fennel and anice, but with enough honey it is palatable.



 



I try to pump after every feed to get my supply back up since it dropped, but don't make it every time.  My son gets a morning nurse around 7 then I get him to daycare and I pump at about 8 when I get to work.  He gets bottles during the day while I pump at work, then he gets one more "dinner" nurse at home.  Now that he's starting on solids it's a little harder to get the time pump in, but I will at least try to get it in after he goes to bed and before I go to bed.  The weekends are pretty hard to get a pump in after every feed, but I am almost exclusively nursing unless we go out somewhere.  On the weekends I will at the very least get my morning pump in, since that is when I have the most extra to keep and store.



 



Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2009

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Wow. . . Jessica, I'm glad you posted that about the Mother's Milk tea. I just started using it and I was only drinking one cup a day because I wasn't sure how much to drink! I was wondering, are you still pumping after every feed??

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2009

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Wow, I feel really blessed about my stockpile now...I probably have about 3 gallons in my freezer right now. I had to go back to work after 6 weeks, so my doctor told me at my 2-week checkup to start pumping for 10 minutes every time after I feed my son. At first I didn't get very much, but it wasn't very long before I started overproducing and I was able to stockpile at least 4 ounces a day on top of nursing my son.



About a month ago I had to go out of town for work for a few days and I noticed that my supply dropped quite a bit while out there and it has not quite returned to normal, so a few weeks ago I started drinking the Mother's Milk tea and I have noticed that it helps a lot. You can order it on Amazon.com for pretty cheap (6 boxes with 16 bag in each was ~$25, the catch is you are supposed to drink 3-5 cups a day). In just the last 2 weeks of drinking this I have almost replaced all that was used last month. Good thing, too, because I have to go out of town for the whole week next week!



Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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Here's my list of tried and trues...

1. Mother's Milk Tea (Traditional Medicinals) or Women's Nursing Mom Tea (Yogi Tea)

2. 64+ oz of water (on top of other beverages) every day.

3. Oatmeal and whole grains in your diet will also help.

3. If you can, wait two hours after she goes to sleep at night, then pump before you go to bed. On weekends, pump immediate after one or two of her daytime nursings.

4. Let Downs- the number of let downs you have is what triggers more milk production. With my pump, a PIS Advanced, I would pump 10 minutes, then turn the pump off and back on to put it back into Letdown mode. Then, after about 5-10 minutes, I would take a break for a couple of minutes, massage, then pump for another 5 minutes. The more letdowns you can get each nursing/pumping session the better. Try switching her back and forth between breasts so she doesn't empty one side completely in one fell swoop. Also, let yourself be her pacifier. Even if she is not hungry, she may trigger a letdown.



You can totally do this! I survived a bout of mastitis at the nine month point (when my milk was starting to decrease naturally), but I stuck to my guns and was able to keep my son exclusively on Mommy milk.

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