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Desarae - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am not sure if I am on low milk supply. I feed my babygirl whenever she wants it. She is 6 months and on solids we have a pretty good schedule. I just started parttime work. Up until about a month ago i could pump out 2-3 4oz bags a day now im lucky if i get one 2oz bag. I need to pump so she will have somthing while i am gone. I feel like my supply is dwindling. Any tips?

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Beck - posted on 01/13/2010

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I find that when I started my little man on solids my supply dropped a little, but my little man is happily having 4 good feeds a day. However, I am pretty much unable to express more than 20-40mls at a time, even if I have skipped a feed. I have a manual pump and wonder if a electric pump would make it easier, luckily I dont need to express very often at all. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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I agree with emily you need to pump more to produce more. Your body is slowing down because it thinks the demand for the milk is not needed. When did you start pumping and how often do you pump? Does she still latch on? You may want to get her to latch on more often to help the milk come back in. Then you can move to pumping just make sure you pump often but on a schedule. It may be harder to get the milk to come back in with a pump but you can try. When do you work? What are you hours? Can you pump at work?

Emily - posted on 01/12/2010

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Best way to get more is to pump more often. This signals to your body that you need to make more, just as if your daughter was nursing more during a growth spurt.

Becky - posted on 01/12/2010

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I saw a significant drop in my supply once my son started on solids at 6 months, too. I think it's because they aren't eating as much. You can try the mother's milk tea or supplements ( I didn't notice too much of a difference, but I know others that have), and oatmeal is supposed to help. And make sure you are still drinking tons of fluids. You might also notice that she won't need as much while you are gone too.

Natasha - posted on 01/12/2010

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I've heard fenugreek helps. Also, you might cut back the solids a little. Remember too that baby will always get more directly from the breast than you will pumping.

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