Who is feeding their baby 100% breast milk and working full time?

Kelly - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Any tips on how to pump a lot of milk? I used to be able to pump 2-3 bottles a day, now I can only get about an ounce or two.

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Sharon - posted on 06/26/2012

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When I went back to work I was mortified when all I could pump was 4 oz a day! I tried everything out there, fenugreek pills and tea, Mother's Milk, oatmeal, seasame seed's milk, you name it! Nothing worked. I went to my local support group and they sold me TRIO which is supposed to be the strongest thing out there that's natural. Is 3 different pills Blessed Thistle, Nettle leaf and Marshmallow root. I started taking 2 pills of each 3 times a day for 3 days and then 1 pill of each 3 times a day. By the second day taking them I was pumping 8oz and by the 4th day I was pumping 12oz. Really amaizing!!!!!!! I'm sure you can find them in any health food store.

It really works if you pump as many times as you can and until you feel your boob is totally emptied that helps with the production. And of course drink lots and lots of water!!!!!!

Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2012

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i'm not a good pumper either. consider pumping before you leave for work in the morning when you're full. eat oatmeal every morning, lots of water, have a photo of baby in your pumping spot...

if you're not too far from work/day care, consider stopping by at lunch to nurse. if you use an au pair/nanny or relative, you may even have them bring baby to you during the day if your job allows it.

Amy - posted on 06/14/2012

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I pumped for my daughter but we supplemented with one bottle of formula a day because I worked 10 hours a day and had a two hour commute, so I just didn't pump enough to be away 12+ hours a day. The thing I noticed was if I wasn't drinking enough water throughout the day my supply seemed to be negatively impacted. So I made myself drink 2 litres of water throughout the day. I also on occasion used Fenugreek an herbal supplement to boost up my supply but I only used it when I was getting my period since I always saw a dip in supply when I had it.

The other thing I would do is pump till I got my first let down and wasn't getting anymore milk, I'd shut my pump off for a minute or two and then turn it back on to try and get a second let down. Then obviously whenever I was home I fed my daughter on demand. She is now two years old and still nurses once a day or every other day but has just about self weened.

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