help!?!? i think

Sadie - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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ok so my son is 5months old and i have been bf the whole time i had a couple days at the hospital and out that i had to use a supplemental feeder cause my milk was very slow coming in, but all has been good up till this week it seems like my milk is disapearing. i use to ber able to pump 4-5oz extra a day to have extra milk or for cereal which he just started a month ago but not on a regular basis. but now i can't even pump an oz in a dayi did 3 pumping sessions today and not even an oz more like 1/2oz. whats going on??????????? my 1st child i quit producing milk when she was 13wks old but i never really got it in i was never engorged and it just didn't really work with her, but with my 2nd things were going great, he still seams to get enough from me at the moment but he wakes up 2-3 times a night to eat cause i just don't have the milk to give him durring the day..........

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Codie - posted on 01/27/2011

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this is happening bc your baby sucks much more efficiantly than the pump does. its OK, i promise:) as long as baby is still wetting enough diapers, baby is getting enough milk. try nursing baby on one side while pumping the other and then switching. or looking at baby or picture of baby while pumping. don't pump more than 10 minutes after you stop expressing milk into the pump. i'm not sure as to why but i've read it several times and its what the directions on my pump say. also make sure you're eating right and drinking plenty of water, especially right before and during pumping and/or nursing. good luck and don't worry, you're doing great! keep it up:)

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2011

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Great advice ladies!!! If you want more milk you need to increase the demand either nursing more or pumping more often.

Carolyn - posted on 01/28/2011

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he could be going through a growth spurt considering the sudden night wakings to feed. It could also explain why you dont have that little bit extra to pump right now. Because he is draining your breasts completely, working on building your supply some more to meet his needs as he is growing !

If you havent already, your period could be on its way back, I found i have difficulties pumping my usual output when my period is around the corner. My pump output is easily halved, if not even less during this time, and i can easily pump 7-8 oz in one sitting if i am away from baby.

I would just wait a little while until babe gets settled back into his sleep patterns, then just pump before you go to bed yourself, since feeding him at night will have signaled your body to produce more at night, you should be able to express some. if that makes sense to you lol. In the meantime, mix his cereal with a bit of water and some fruit if you have introduced those.

Hannah - posted on 01/28/2011

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What I do when I need to pump a little extra is let him eat only on one side for the day and pump the other... It also helps to pump at the same time he is nursing... A little akward at first but I really get more milk that way

Celeste - posted on 01/28/2011

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Ditto to what the others said! Pump output *is not* an indicator of supply. Having said that, it's totally common and normal for pump output to decrease over time. Average pump amounts are 1/2 to 2 oz so you're fine!

The *best* way to determine if your baby is getting enough is by diaper count. If he's getting about 6 dipes a day, your supply is fine.

Also, it's pretty typical for babies to wake up several times a day. Your milk never runs out as long as you're nursing. Think of your breasts as factories, that make milk while baby is nursing, not storage facilities.

It sounds like you're doing great!!

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Lydia - posted on 01/30/2011

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oh few thoughts: did you take any medication or herbs that could have decreased the milk supply? after all it's flu season... some herbal teas (sage etc) can decrease milk supply. if so stop using it and just keep nursing... supply should go back up in a few days.

Lydia - posted on 01/30/2011

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keep feeding on demand, try oatmeal (not instant though) or fennel seed tea to increase milk supply, stay hydrated, eat well, rest if you can. you could also stop the cereal for a while until your supply is up (just remember the more you supplement the less milk you make). it could be a growth spurt at 5-6 months there is often a big one. It was the hardest growth spurt for me my daughter nursed non-stop day and night for almost 2 weeks and than everything went back to normal. I felt totally sucked out and empty. It's also normal that after few months you don't feel engorged anymore.

Janice - posted on 01/30/2011

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When my daughter was about 4 months my body stopped responding to pumping too. I know she was eating enough from me but I couldn't get more than a 1/2 ounce per side each pumping session. Thankfully I was a SAHM and only was away for a 2-3 hours a day for classes. I didn't need to pump so I just stopped trying. I would look into ways to increase your supply. Most women have well established supplies by 6 mo. so you could start giving formula for when you are away and continue BFing when you are with him. Your body should adjust accordingly and not dry up. Of course this is not ideal but may be your best option. I just wanted you to know that not getting much when pumping doesn't mean that your son isn't getting enough when he BFs.

Sarh - posted on 01/30/2011

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Could he be going through a growth spurt?
Try eating oatmeal daily.. that should help increase your milk supply if that is the issue.
Good luck! Don't give up, there should be something out there to help you!

Cher - posted on 01/29/2011

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I found that around 4mnths my son stopped drinking every 1 1/2- 2 hr and switched to every 3hrs and my supply adjusted and i didnt feel as engorged anymore or wasnt leaking anymore. I dont wear nursing pad anymore and I dont really pump anymore. If i do I have to skip a feed on one side and then pump it. I used to get 5 oz a side in 15minutes now im lucky to get 3oz in 15min a side!

I really just think your body has adjusted and gotten used to how much milk your baby needs and you have no need to worry. If you need to pump out more, pump twice as much as you did before until your body adjusts to that or skip a feed on one side and pump it off.

Sadie - posted on 01/29/2011

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ok i have been trying to either nurse or pump ever 2hrs how lng till i start to make more milk, sorry ladies if i gave the impression that waking up at night is new he has always done that and i don't think its a growth spurt cause he just had one a couple weeks ago. i have not gotten my period yet so maybe its that or maybe its my body getting use to what he needs and not producing extra, i haven't been in a regular pumping routin i had so much stored up from the 1st few months that i didn't think i wold use it up but i wasn't thinking about the cereal and the needing to give bottles when i'm not arround as i ust started doing more outside the home

April - posted on 01/29/2011

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Please keep in mind that the average pumping output for the majority of women is 1 ounce. And that is considered successful.

Sadie - posted on 01/28/2011

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i guess my real problem is i need a suply of pumped milk and it quit getting it, thanks for the encouragement that i have enough to feed him but i still need some pumped

Ania - posted on 01/28/2011

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You have enough milk don't worry I can hardly pump too but I have enough milk for my baby when he nurses. He does not wake up because you have less milk, it is probably something else. If he eats cereal at 5 months believe me he gets plenty of food during the day. kellymom.com has answers to all your concerns check it out it should help. Just nurse your baby a lot and everything will be fine

April - posted on 01/28/2011

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The others have all given the appropriate advice! I will elaborate just a little bit. Some women think that the full/engorged feeling means they have a whole bunch of milk, so therefore, if they aren't feeling "full" then they must have very little milk. This is simply not true. Around 4 to 5 months old, most women find that they no longer need to wear nursing pads in their bras. They've noticed that they haven't had a wet shirt in a while. The reason for this is because your body is well aquainted with your baby by now. IT knows how much to make for your baby. When you hear that your supply has regulated...that's what that means. I agree with the PP...it sounds like you have done a great job so far!! Breastfeeding is not easy all the time. For most women, sometimes it's easy and sometimes it's hard. You just have to persevere and it sounds like you've done just that! :)

Hannah - posted on 01/27/2011

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Oh oh oh, please stop, it's ok! Lots of women hit this spot and switch to formula because they think somthing is wrong. But this happens to all of us... You milk supply has just adjusted to the needs of your baby, while you where making to much before now you are making just enough. Also babies stomachs don't have the capacity to hold enough milk to get them through the night until they are a year old. It is normal and HEALTHY that your little one wakes up to nurse... If he is waking more often than usual he my be having a growth spert or fitting off an illness..

You can contact your local lactation consultant to learn what (if anything) you should do. Please don't let this discourage you from nursing, it's the best for your child.

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