Low milk supply

Sia - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but it seems like my milk supply is running low in one breast. Any one use mother's milk tea? Does it work? My son is only 7 weeks old and nurses on demand. He has about 8 dirty diapers a day and at least 3 are bms. When I pump for storage, out of 1 I barely get 2oz at a time. I am getting ready to go back to work and am worried my supply wont hold up-I plan to pump at work and continue nursing him when I return home. Looking for any advice. Has any one else experienced this?


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Soak your breast in warm water before pumping--it should help with the let-down.  Pump for at least 15 minutes on each breast when you pump.  Also, when pumping, if the milk stops coming, continue to pump for about 3 more minutes to give your body the signal to produce more.  Eat a well balanced diet and take care of yourself!


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Alvina - posted on 12/23/2015




Simply drink a natural tea called Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea..PERFECT;)

User - posted on 03/23/2009




To incrase your milk supply try the following:

1. Drink a lot of water. At least 1 glass every time you breastfeed (or pump). Eating cereals in the morning also helps.

2. Dont just pump. You must also breastfeed. If you will be working try to breastfeed when you are home and especially on weekends.

3. Pump more often. Remeber the more you pump or the more you breastfeed the more milk you will produce.

4. When you pump try to look at your baby photo. It helps let down, and therefore more milk.

As long as the baby is gaining weight it means it is getting enough milk... small babies dont need a lot of milk... just look whether he is satisfied after he finished his milk. If he doest cry it probably means that the milk he gets is enough for his age.

Hope this helped!

Morag - posted on 03/20/2009




Gah the dreaded 8 week growth spurt where all they do is feed and feed and feed and feed and feed and feed... well you get the picture. :) You can try oats (like Porridge) as I felt that made me feel fuller if I had a bowl for breakfast each day, but I think it was more psychological.

Guaranteed you'll be producing enough milk, just now your LO wants to grow a lot, he will demand more, so it will seem like he's just feeding all the time. If he is putting on weight, and he is producing 8 dirty diapers a day, is alert and happy, you'll be doing just fine.

Pumping does not give you ANY idea how much you are making. A baby is perfectly designed to get the maximum amount of milk from the breast, a pump isn't. I have fed my youngest exclusively on breastmilk, and never have I been very good at expressing. Only when I have actually missed a feed have I been able to express enough off for her to have a feed replaced, and even then its never been bountiful. But she has quite happily fed with no issues :)

Try not to worry, it all sounds very normal and you sound like you are doing a great job. :)

Heather - posted on 03/20/2009




i agree with jamie. ive used the tea with both my kids and it works good, but you have to drink a lot of it. the fenugreek never worked for me, and it makes you smell like maple syrup..yuck. but it works for others.

Jamie - posted on 03/20/2009




Ok I have different thoughts than the rest. I am a momma of 5 and with my 1st 2 kids I had to work and the pumping issue really stinks. I am not saying that this is what happened with you but the pump dried up my milk.

My advice to you is, if you do not have to work and you are a stay at home mommy, throw that pump away. I love the 1 on 1 bonding time with my children and unless an emergency I will never pump again.

Lowe Milk Supply : I have also used the mothers milk and it did great for me.
Barley Greens
Nursing more often ( if you are able maybe like every hour.)

These are just a few of many all natural ways that you can increase your milk supply.
I would not stress to much that makes it worse and also if your baby is happy, peeing, and pooping there is probably nothing wrong at all.

Susan - posted on 03/20/2009




I agree with Allison... check your pump.  I have a Medela Pump in Style and I thought my supply was going down, but it was just poor suction and had to replace the hose and yellow thingy.  Then it was great.  If one side isn't supplying as much as the other, start your baby on that side most of the time to get it to catch up to the other one... I had that same issue and it worked after a week or so.  Also, eat oatmeal in the am... I swear it works wonders to up your milk.  :)

Clare - posted on 03/19/2009




Have you tried just feeding him fromt that side for the day, this might increse the milk flow again, as they always say that the breats will produce what it needs. Are you pumping first thing on a morning as this is meant to be the best time to do it, and you night milk is better than your day milk. I hope this helps you a little.

Erin - posted on 03/18/2009




I have been back to work, 8 hours a day, for three months now. I pump 3 times while at work and breastfeed when I get home. My daughter tends to favor one breast for a while and then switch to the other for a while, so one breast always produces more than the other. If you are still concerned you are not producing enough in one breast, try starting your baby on that breast every time you nurse for a day and nurse five minutes longer than normal, if possible. Your pumping volume sounds normal, i usually get 2 or 3 oz. from each breast at a time. Sometimes I pump as soon as I get up in the morning because that is when I have the most milk, then I nurse just before leaving for work, this helps me get ahead on my frozen milk supply. I also find it helpful to pump once or twice on the weekends. I also highly urge you to research breastfeeding in the workplace laws for your area and print them out and present them to your employer when you return to work so they understand how and why it is important for you to pump several times a day and have a comfortable area to do it.

Arwen - posted on 03/18/2009




I haven't used the tea, but for the longest time, one breast did produce more milk than the other, and I was told that was completely normal. =) If you want to even them out, start on the lower breast, and let him nurse as long as he wants. You can pump the other at the same time since breasts nomally let-down together, and I'm betting you'll get a lot more than 2oz if you try pumping this way. The lower breast should produce more because babies are far better at sucking than any pump. I average 3-4 oz from just one when I pump and nurse together.

When you go back to work, try using a double pump, might allow you to pump much more. You might also see if you can get a slightly longer lunch break to go and actually nurse him to help protect your milk supply.

When I was working, my supply did start to go down when I tried to just pump. Even though I worked at a daycare, my boss didn't like me nursing. She eventually dismissed me(I know, illegal--she knows now, too ;) ) because of it. About a week later, I discovered just how low my supply was. I didn't even realize I was making so much less. If I were to go back to work and had another baby, I would really push for an extended lunch and short breaks every 2-3 hours for pumping.

My supply might have also been low from stress. When you're around a lot of high-energy children, and your boss has got things a bit hectic, I think that could effect it, too.

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Pumping is not an indication of your supply-a pump does not stimulate the breast as well as a baby. Sounds like your pumping output is normal: 


If you truely believe your milk supply is low here are some tips (also I've never used mother's milk tea but I've heard it's better to use the herbal supplement Fenugreek b/c the mother's milk tea has a ton of different herbs and if for some reason you have an allergic reaction they are unable to determine which herb caused it-not to mention you have to drink it 4-5 times a day and I've heard it tastes a lot like licorice):



Krystal - posted on 03/18/2009




i too had more milk in my left breast than right. and pumping on one side while baby nurses on the other is a great way to get a bit more out!

oatmeal can help with supply. i used to have a bowl for breakfast and then an oatmeal snack bar in the afternoon. drink lots and lots and lots of water - almost as if you're going to be sick you're drinking so much!

good luck!

Allison - posted on 03/18/2009




Sounds like he's getting enough milk from you but it's the pumping that more of an issue. Are you sure your pump is working properly and fit right? How often and when are you pumping? It's still very early...he's only 7 weeks, so your supply can certainly continue to increase. If you pump after he's done eating, you'll signal your body to make more milk. Also keep in mind that when you're pumping at work, you won't have him nursing, so there could be more milk there for you.

I'd check out http://www.kellymom.com/ - they have a very good section on pumping, as well as a good article on bottlefeeding a breastfed baby (it's very easy to overfeed them! Bottles work differently than the breast).

Good luck!

Trina - posted on 03/18/2009




1-3 oz is about normal for pumping. My left side always milks more than my right, and I was told that is normal to have one side produce more. I use nursing mothers tea once a day, as well as I pump from one breast while my son feeds from the other. It helps with let down and tends to give me a couple of oz more. I hope this helps!

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