My supply is starting to tank

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I'm a working mom and about 2 months ago, I was pumping 3x/day during a 9 hour work day and taking Fenugreek pills. I was varying the speed of my Medela PISA during the 30 minute session.

After speaking to a LC, I increased my pumping to 4x/day, stopped taking Fenugreek and reduced the time to 15 minutes per session. My volume was increasing, but It's going back down.

I want to be able to feed my LO BM for a few more months. Do you have any suggestions?


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Jessica - posted on 03/19/2017




Healthy nursing tea is an organic herbal supplement to maintain/increase breast milk production. I had luck with the stuff and got my supply boosted within a couple of days.

Minnie - posted on 09/17/2009




In a couple of months your baby will probably be able to self-feed table food. You can send baby with water/whatever milk you pump and solids to your child care provider. Then you can nurse your little one when you get home and throughout the night, and prior to leaving in the morning. Prolactin is in high concentrations during the night, making night time nursing very effective for maintaining your supply.

As long as you're getting in lots of nursing sessions when at home with your baby you won't really even have to pump much once baby begins taking solids for the hours that she is away from you.

Some mothers just have trouble pumping after their supply regulates when baby is older. We aren't meant to let down to a contraption, and pumps are inefficient at draining your breasts.

This doesn't have to be the end to your breastfeeding relationship. There are 24 hours in a day, you work 9 of them. You'll have at least 13 hours (I'm assuming a 1 hour trip to daycare/work there and back) to nurse your baby at your breast even if you completly stop pumping.

Anna - posted on 09/17/2009




Increase your fluid intake(mostly water) and take your little one to bed this weekend. Try spending the whole weekend just holding and snuggling with your little one. Lots of skin to skin contact, with a few sessions of pumping when your supply in normally highest.

You may also want to increase your pumping time to 20 min if youare having trouble relaxing and having let down.

Best wishes!

Caren - posted on 09/17/2009




I was told by my midwife to eat some oatmeal and then drink a few glasses of water after to increase the flow...good luck!!

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