Breastfeeding but I can't pump?

Lindsay - posted on 03/23/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )




My son is 5 1/2 months and he is still bf and eating food and cereal. I am conserned because he only eats for a few mins and when I try to pump for extra ( bc I am always running around) I only pump an ounce out? I wonder if there is anything I can do to up my milk production or see if there is a reason I can't pump. I've tried mothers milk tea n still no difference I am happy I got this far with him because I only got to bf with my daughter for a month then I just ran out n wasn't producing anything... I would like to stick with it but bc I don't fill him up I am having to replace with formula sometimes..... any suggestions?


Michele - posted on 03/28/2012




fenugreek tea or yogi tea mother's milk really work- or oatmeal

some things you eat may be depleting the supply also, things like balsamic vinegar, oregano, allergy meds- i swear once i stopped taking all i was fine. i had balsamic one day and a noticed a huge drop!


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Teresa - posted on 04/04/2012




A friend of mine who BF twins for a year while working told me to pump about an hour after feeding, maybe an hour and a half but not too much longer, you want to have something for the baby for the next feeding. She also pumped on a schedule. I work full time and go to my 2 month old on my lunch hour and feed him. If he's not awake, I pump. I also pump once in the afternoon and usually once in the evening. My supply has increased. Plus I drink ALOT. I get about 96oz during the day of fluids just constantly having my big cup with me. Make sure you let your baby BF, though, because they are best at getting the milk down. Good luck and don't give up!

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 04/03/2012




DON'T replace with formula! You're always running around? Maybe that's the problem! Like it or not, you're the baby's food tank and you gotta relax, sit down and drink lots of fluids and see if anything changes. That's the best advice I can give you- don't stress over it. And keep trying to get him to eat even when he doesn't tell you he wants to.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012




I never got anything out with a pump...I even tried manual expressing, which was a little easier, but if I got 1 ounce I was over the moon! My baby is 10.5 months now and for a while I never felt full, but now that she's sleeping longer and eating more solids I am getting almost painfully full (occasionally). Babies eating for less time is normal as they get older as well. They become more "efficient" at nursing. That's a good thing!

Ju Lee - posted on 03/28/2012




One suggestion I heard ( I don't remember where I read it) was to try and pump after the baby's done eating, it can fool your body into thinking the baby needs more.

Celeste - posted on 03/23/2012




Ditto the other ladies. An ounce isn't an "only". It is actually pretty good. Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total.

You never "run out". You're never empty. As long as you're nursing, you'll have milk as milk supply is supply and demand. But, supplementing with formula can certainly decrease supply because your breasts aren't getting the stimulation to produce milk.

Lori - posted on 03/23/2012




I second what Ania said. Offering formula will decrease your milk supply.

Pumping is NOT an indication of supply. Some women can't pump any out at all though they make more than enough to feed their babies. A different pump may help, a different size flange might help, or you just may not respond well to the pump. Also - are you pumping extra every day at the same time? That makes a difference. If you randomly try to pump you may not have much to pump out that time, but if you pump every day at the same time the pump should signal your body to start making more milk.

Ania - posted on 03/23/2012




1 oz is a normal pumping output especially at 6 months of breastfeeding, Also if you are giving formula you are jeopardizing your BF, because the less you offer to your baby, the less you will produce, so your milk will go down if you keep doing that. BF babies don't have schedules, they breastfeed at different times and that's just how it is. Babies ar much more efficient. Don't time your son at the breast either. As long as he is not loosing weight everything is fine. My son was nursing 3-5 min ever since he was born and he was a 90% for weight and height. your son is getting enough if he has min of 5 wet diapers a day. If you want to keep breastfeeding I would cut out formula. If you need more information check out

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