Increasing milk supply

Stacie - posted on 11/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 6 month old baby girl who is exclusively breast fed, however I have to pump the milk because she will not latch on. Recently I have noticed a significant decrease in my milk supply and I have tried MilkMaid tea but it is not working. Any suggestions?


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Gina - posted on 12/05/2013




I have to pump milk to give my little girl for when she goes to daycare. Unfortunately a pump will never transfer milk from your breasts as efficiently as baby can. When I'm pumping I hook up both breasts, using a sports bra with holes in it to keep things in place. While the pump is going I massage and compress my breast to help the milk come out. This helps a LOT. I am getting about 5-6oz total on average each time.

Another suggestion is to pump as frequently as possible, every 2-3 hours if you can. This helped me to increase my supply a few weeks ago after I noticed a drop in output. Also make sure you are staying very hydrated during this time that you are breastfeeding. At least 80oz of water a day.

Hope this helps!

Celeste - posted on 11/29/2013




What are you basing your supply on? If it's the pump output, rest assured that what you pump is not reflective of supply. Also, be aware that average output is 1/2 to 2 oz *total*. It's also normal for pump output to decrease over time.

Has she ever latched on or is this a recent thing? How often are you pumping? What kind of pump do you have?

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