Need advice on how to increase milk supply

User - posted on 09/20/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have just given birth to my second child on Sept 10. She is a preemie at 32 weeks. I can only express my milk for her because she could not suckle yet. She is still being fed using a tube and is still in the hospital ward. We are not allowed to carry her yet.

I have been pumping milk since Sept 12 and the most I can get is 2 ounce per session. I pump once every 3-4 hours and sometimes, it is just a little over 1 ounce.

When I had my first child, I could also not exceed the 2 ounce mark and the milk supply only lasted for about 5 weeks. During that time, I did not express any milk at night.

This time, I do not want the same situation to repeat so I have been waking up at night to express.

I wonder whether the milk supply has anything to do with breast size as I have small breasts. Am only a 32 D (By Asian Standard, which I think my US or UK standard, should only by a 32 B or C, but not very sure).

I really want to breastfeed my baby longer. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Alvina - posted on 12/27/2015

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If you really breastfeed your baby longer, drink herbs tea that`s Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea...

Victoria - posted on 09/26/2013

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Congrats! I had the same issue with my daughter, I brought it up with her pediatrician and Mother's Milk Tea and Red Raspberry leaf tea helped me. agood Luck I know its frusterrating

Jcrende2005 - posted on 09/20/2013

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Pump frequently, eat oatmeal everyday, and drink a LOT of fluids, preferably water. Just doing that has given me oversupply with my 2 mo old. Oh, and I have small breasts btw. ;)

As soon as you introduce lo to the breast, feed on demand and pump after sessions. Good luck!

Celeste - posted on 09/20/2013

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Congrats on your baby!

2 oz is GREAT! Average output is 1/2 to 2 oz. Having said that, I would pump every 2 to 3 hours, not going over 3. And yes, definitely pump through the night. I had twin preemies, so I can totally commiserate that I had to pump for before they were able to nurse.

Breast size has nothing to do with milk production. What DOES is nursing often. The more you nurse (or pump at this point), the more you will make.

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