I've tried everything and still have a low supply, what am i doing wrong?

Leah - posted on 06/13/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




I pump every 1 to 2 hours for 15 to 20 minutes during the day, and at night i get up once or twice. I eat oatmeal twice a day. I drink 3 cups of Mothers Milk Tea daily, and I have been since the day we came home from the hospital. I take 4 Fenugreek capsules 3 times daily. I always drink a full glass of water and a snack after I am done pumping. I havent taken any allergy medication... I still have a very hard time keeping up with my daughter! I was doing fine until I got very sick with a cold and couldn't produce a drop. My pump broke and I figured I'd go buy one of those expensive ones and ever since then I cannot get my supply back up! My daughter is 3 months old and she just absolutely will not breastfeed. I try every day and she gags, chokes, and screams until i put my bra back on. lol I feel bad because she gets so frustrated. Has any one had any problems with the Medela PISA backpack? Maybe it isnt as effective as my last pump. Im only getting about an ounce each time I pump, and my daughter eats every hour or two - usually 3 or 4 ounces.


Celeste - posted on 06/13/2012




Sounds like you're doing everything right. When you say couldn't produce a drop, what are we talking about? Normal output is 1/2 to 2 oz *total*, but also keep in mind that pumps aren't as efficient as baby and also it's pretty normal for pump output to decrease due to supply regulation.

You said that your baby refuses to nurse at all. :
-I wonder if your flow is too fast-Overactive letdown? 'http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/fast-letdown/

Also, here's a link to help your baby to get back to the breast:

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