Increase milk

Brandy - posted on 02/21/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I recently got back my monthly gift from mother nature. Since then, I have had a huge decrease in milk. My LO is only 10 months old and we were trying for at least a year bf. I was wondering would it better my milk productoin to do lots of little pumping with feeding the baby or to keep the pump on for long periods of time? I work from home so I can sit at a desk and pump for however long I want. I just don't know which would help me produce more milk faster?

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Sarh - posted on 02/21/2011

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I'm not for sure, but I'd say lots of little pumping. Also try eating oatmeal daily. Drink lots of fluids and eat balanced meals.
Good luck!

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Brandy - posted on 02/24/2011

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If I had the option to ditch the pump I would....I hate washing it. Although I work from home I don't get to keep my daughter here. I have to take her to the sitter and if I don't pump enough then I will have to send formula. I have made it 10 months without formula so I don't want to start now. I have started eating the oatmeal and also lactaction cookies (recipie was on COM a lil while back) Thanks for the info ladies.

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Breastfeeding is far more efficient than pumping. As Celeste said, how much you pump is not indicative of your supply.

If it were me, I'd ditch the pump altogether and just let your baby suckle.

Emily - posted on 02/21/2011

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It's normal for supply to decrease *slightly* around the monthly cycle, but it should bounce back within a day or so. Just keep feeding on demand, even if that means 5 times at night. That is your baby's way of increasing the supply naturally. It could also be a growth spurt, in which case you still need to keep nursing on demand. ;)

Celeste - posted on 02/21/2011

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2 of those criteria have no bearing on supply. What you pump isn't indicative of supply (average pump output is 1/2 to 2 oz. Plus, it's normal for output to decrease over time). Waking thru the night also isn't indicative of supply-it could be teething, growth spurt or sometimes when babies are working on a new milestone, they can wake up more often)

Decrease in diapers *can* mean a dip in supply, we're looking for 4-5 diapers in a day. And AF can cause a temporary dip but you can recover that by nursing more often. You can pump if you like but babies are much more efficient than the pump.

Brandy - posted on 02/21/2011

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I'm determining there is a lower supply by 3 crieria. I as pumping 12 2 oz tubes a day now I'm pumping 3 2 oz tubes, my lo was waking 1 or 2 to eat throught the night...now it is 5 or so times a night. and lastly she was haveing lots of supper wet diappers now she is only have a few wet diappers and they are just slightly wet....I am pumping and nursing more and drinking more water....I just didn't know if itwas better to pump/nurse in lots of lil spurts or a few long nurse/pumps?

Celeste - posted on 02/21/2011

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How are you determining there was a huge decrease? How were diapers?

AF can cause a temporary dip however, the BEST way to increase supply (IF there was a problem) is to nurse! The more you nurse, the more you will make.

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