I've run out of milk for daycare

Joy - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm having a harder time pumping, getting only a few ounces a day when she's wanting 8 oz or more per feeding. Should I send formula as well?

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Amy - posted on 11/24/2009

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I would suggest adding some formula as well, but in the mean time work on other things that could get your supply up (If you decided to keep pumping). How old is your child? The first three months are the most crucial to maintaining your supply, I had issues at about 2nd or 3rd month that it was hard to keep up in general. You can always add some formula in the day (and pump what you can), and feed mostly at night. That worked great for me for a while.

I also agree, kellymom is an amazing site and very helpful!

Nadia - posted on 11/24/2009

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I had the same problem. Luckily Madison is now 6 months old. She started solids about a week ago (one feeding at dinner time) and I supplement her daytime feeds with formula. I found that it took the pressure off me. If you stress about it (which you subconsciously do) then it can affect your milk supply. Any amount of breastmilk is great, but if it is necessary, let her have formula during the day.

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Joy - posted on 11/24/2009

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Thanks, Gretchen. I drink Mother's Milk 3-4 times a day, plus 2+ liters of water. I'm pumping between 4-6 oz of bm a day. I'm only working during one feeding (part-time), but she's drinking about 8 oz now.

Jen - posted on 11/24/2009

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I had to start sending formula with my daughter when I also started getting less and less from the pump. I wasn't producing enough BM and my daughter was already used to formula from day 1 so I had to switch. Try to send 1 or 2 bottles of BM and at least 2 of formula. My day care recommended that my daughter always have at least 4 bottles to get her through the day.

Gretchen - posted on 11/24/2009

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I agree, take the pressure off and send the formula, but have you tried mother's tea and oatmeal and other ways to boost your supply, that is if you want to continue to bf? kellymom.com has a zillion ideas that helped me.

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2009

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yes but do 1/2 milk and 1/2 formula for a bit then add 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk for a bit more then all formula ( unless you want to have half and half )

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2009

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If that's all you can get, and she needs more, then yes, supplementing may help.....also if you are able to pump more often...it may help with supply...

Rachel - posted on 11/23/2009

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I think feeding them is far more important than not :) If your milk is not enough, then I would probably look at supplementing her with formula.

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2009

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Dont starve the poor baby. If u cant produce enough to meet her needs then im sure introducing formula to supplement her diet should do good

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