Increasing milk supply

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

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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

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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

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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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