How to increase milk supply by pumping..

Felicia Tia - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son has problems latching on so I've been pumping.. At first I was producing a lot but now that he's eating more I'm not producing enough for him to eat.. Any tips on increasing my milk supply from just pumping??

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Sarh - posted on 12/24/2010

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That is fine I often sound like that too and don't mean it! Yes a balanced diet is extremely important!

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It's good that you've worked out how your body works, Sarh. Sorry, I sounded like a know-all, didn't I?

What I should have said is that we mainly need to have a balanced diet and plenty of liquids so we don't get dehydrated, but listen to your body!

Sarh - posted on 12/23/2010

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Kathy, I didn't mean for her to go over board! I'm not sure if it is just me, but I have to drink water almost constantly in order to stay "fully hydrated". I'm dehydrated on a daily basis, but my body is sooo used to it that it doesn't affect me. When I am pregnant however I should just live in giant water bowl and drink all day and night! That is when it affects me the most and I can always tell when I haven't drank enough water for my body while I am breast feeding my son because of the way it affects me. That being said I also have to consume more salt then most people other wise my blood pressure drops and I pass out. May sound weird, but my OB told me to consume more salt rather then try to cut back when I was pregnant because I had tried cutting back and I was passing out and my blood pressure was dropping well below! And I have low blood pressure as it is. So maybe my body needing the more salt intake helps my blood pressure, but also causes me to need a higher intake of water/fluids.
Not drinking more water/fluids then the norm I can tell my milk supply goes down.

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Sarh, there's no need to go overboard with the water! Increase the mother's fluid intake will not increase her milk supply. Just make sure you're having a balanced diet and are not dehydrated.

Felicia, how old is your little boy? If he's quite young, pumping is probably not the best way to increase your supply, as your baby's sucking is far more efficient than pumping, and the bottom line with milk production is, the more is removed from the breast, the more milk is made. Breastfeeding will remove more milk.

Can you help him with his latch? This is some very useful information from the Australian Breastfeeding Association:
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/a...

This is brilliant - a video on attachment:
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/a...

My suggestion would be to learn everything about attachment - it's one of the most important aspects of breastfeeding, and far easier than messing round with pumps!

Good luck!

Codie - posted on 12/23/2010

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how old is baby? i used a nipple shield for the first few weeks bc baby wouldnt latch right. the nipple shield gives them more to latch onto. one night he just latched to my nipple alone on the first try. i know some babies may take longer or may never latch. does latch at all and just wrong? if so, try helping the latch. even though i finally got him to take my nipple he still didnt latch correctly. so after he latched i'd pull his lips out to the correct latch position.

as far as the supply dwindling...i'm having similar issues. my baby is 6mo and has decided he only wants to eat every 6 hours.
i hope these ideas help with the latch bc they say nipple stimulation by baby is the best way to increase supply.

Sarh - posted on 12/23/2010

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Eat oatmeal DAILY!!! Drink LOTS of water! Until you are floating!! lol.
Have you tried holding your son while you are pumping like when he is napping? Try this with skin to skin contact (both of you shirt less).

Melanie - posted on 12/22/2010

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i am still bf ing my 4th child. the best way to increase your supply is to take the time to sit and cuddle while your child uses you as a pacifier. who knows he may figure the latch thing out. but if he doesnt the stimulation will at least increase your supply.

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