My Milk Supply is it forever gone??

Courtney - posted on 12/22/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am having a problem with my milk supply. At first my breasts were filled to the brim with milk. Lately I have not been breast feeding bc my nipples were so sore and I wasnt feeling well. So two weeks I was feeding my 2 month old the breast about 2 times a day for 20 minutes. I just got a breast pump and I am barely making any milk. I am really worried that my milk supply will not return to what it was.

Is it forever lost?? Or is there anything I can do to get my milk suppply back to what it was a few weeks ago??

PLEASE ADVICE NEEDED!!

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Celeste - posted on 12/23/2012

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Celeste Clark, is that really the average??? Because whenever I pump I usually get at least 3 oz from each. You should see whenever I'll forget to pump in the morning and one of my boobs is engorged at lunch it's crazy! A few times I've actually filled the bottle to the brim! To where you physically cannot put anymore milk in that container! And the bottle went up to 5 oz but 6 oz could fit in there.

Yes m'am! You have an amazing pump output! I nursed twins and could never get that amount! LOL

Here's a good article about pump output:
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-w...


And sorry, I forgot to answer this question:
Thank you!
The last time I pumped I made less than oz, which answered why my baby is still hungry after I feed him from the breast.
Can I over pump??

No, pump output is NOT indicative of supply. Some moms can over pump (for example, moms who have oversupply) but in your instance, I think it's a good thing to continue to pump.

Here's a great article about what's Low supply and what is NOT low supply. *IF* you do have low supply, it gives tips on how to increase it
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-w...


The best indicator if baby is getting enough is by diaper count. So, when you transition to breast, watch diapers (you want about 6-8, no matter content).

Celeste - posted on 12/23/2012

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"At first my breasts were filled to the brim with milk."

That's engorgement. Engorgement usually is normal at the beginning, but after awhile your milk supply will adjust, which is a good thing.

"Lately I have not been breast feeding bc my nipples were so sore and I wasnt feeling well. So two weeks I was feeding my 2 month old the breast about 2 times a day for 20 minutes"

Yes, this will lower supply.

"I just got a breast pump and I am barely making any milk."

What's "barely"? Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total

Will baby latch at all? Here's a good article about how to wean from formula supplements
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/d...

Kassidy - posted on 12/22/2012

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If you try to pump more than once a day your body will learn that it needs to make more to keep up with your baby. It's the same as when you first had your baby, your body had to determine how much milk would supplement the child. You just have to reteach it now is all. Don't give up, in time your baby will have more than enough milk :)

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Lori - posted on 12/29/2012

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Courtney - you've gotten some really good advice and article from the other ladies here. I just want to add.....

You're supply CAN come back... but not without you nursing and pumping more frequently than you are currently doing. Milk supply works as supply and demand. The more milk that is removed, the more your body makes. If you stop removing the milk (via baby or pump) then your body thinks your baby doesn't need that milk anymore. To stimulate more milk production you have to put baby to the breast, and you have to use the pump. Nurse or pump every 2 to 3 hours until your supply is back up to where your baby needs it to be.

Celeste - posted on 12/28/2012

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Great! I'm glad you found the articles helpful!

1/2 oz is great! And remember, pump output isn't reflective of supply. Babies are much more efficient than the pump. Yes, definitely keep pumping and latching baby. That will bring in supply. You need to pump and/or nurse *at least* every 2 to 3 hours (you can put baby to breast as much as you want)

Courtney - posted on 12/28/2012

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Celeste - Thank you so so much for the related articles. My boyfirend and I found them extremely helpful!!

Courtney - posted on 12/28/2012

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I have been pumping more and breast feeding my baby boy at least twice a day. But some days I just dont have the energy to pump or breast feed. My supply is still low. I know you said the avg. output is btwn 1/2-2 oz, but for instance this morning I only pumped 1/2 oz (*barely) and that was the first pump of the day. I feel horrible that I am not making enough milk. My boyfriend is not happy that the baby is on so much formula b/c it is expensive and not as good for the babe as my milk is. I guess I have to pump even when I am not feeling like doing it.
Thank you ladies so much for all your helpful advice. Being a new mommy is tough and you all make it a lot easier!! Thank you :)
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!
XX
C

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2012

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Pump every 3 hours for like 10 minutes. Let your baby nurse on demand. Your supply should come back in a couple of days. If not there are herbal things you can take like fenugreek, mothers milk tea, brewers yeast. Your body will only produce what it thinks your baby needs and right now you're only nursing twice a day.

Kassidy - posted on 12/23/2012

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Courtney Dwyer, I don't think you can over pump. I go to school so I pump every morning before I go regardless of if my boy eats or not, and then I pump during lunch. It's better to have more than enough milk than not enough. Recently I've been getting low on stored milk, my boy's in a growth spurt and will drink 6 of my stored bags when I'm gone to school and each of them has at least 3 oz, so now that it's Christmas break I'm going to pump twice a day to go along with feeding him. Celeste Clark, is that really the average??? Because whenever I pump I usually get at least 3 oz from each. You should see whenever I'll forget to pump in the morning and one of my boobs is engorged at lunch it's crazy! A few times I've actually filled the bottle to the brim! To where you physically cannot put anymore milk in that container! And the bottle went up to 5 oz but 6 oz could fit in there. Courtney, what kind of pump are you using? I've enrolled with WIC, and before my boy was a month old they let me use this really big and bulky pump for only about $20, but once I exclusively fed my baby for one month they gave me this really nice pump. FREE. It's a double so I could pump both sides at once and it was electric, because hand pumping is a pain in my rear. It's also really lightweight and attractive so I can take it anywhere.

Courtney - posted on 12/23/2012

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OH GOOD!! I was very nervous that now my baby would be on formula only :( Thank you!
The last time I pumped I made less than oz, which answered why my baby is still hungry after I feed him from the breast.
Can I over pump??

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