Pumped and now on low

Arrielle - posted on 09/09/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So I'm a first time mom and my little one wouldn't latch for 6 weeks. Well in those six weeks I pumped everyday two or three times a day producing anywhere between 16-24 ounces(4-8 4ounce bottles). Now that she latches I find that she doesn't stay latched for long and I can't pump enough milk. I don't want to use formula what so ever. I've tried mothers milk tea... It's not really working what should I do???

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Lori - posted on 09/09/2013

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Try pumping more frequently. it's awesome that you "were" able to get 16 - 24 oz in just 2 or 3 pumpings per day. But that's actually quite rare. To maintain your milk supply you will probably find you need to pump every 2 to 3 hours. Average output for pumping is 1/2 - 2 oz. So to get 24 oz if you are strictly pumping you might need to pump up to 12 times per day.

Milk productions works on supply and demand. Your body is signaled to make more milk whenever milk is removed. The more frequently milk is removed, the quicker your body knows it needs to make milk. If you feed bottles and don't pump out the same as your baby ate, your body isn't getting the signal to make that much milk again.

During the first 6 weeks most moms find they have LOTS of milk. Then the milk regulates itself based on how often you nurse or pump and how much was needed at each feeding. It sounds like your body is now regulating... and you need to tell it that you need MORE. So - latch baby as frequently as baby is willing. If that's 10 minutes every hour... then that's fine. If it's 30 minutes then that's fine too. Keep that baby at the breast as long as she likes, and offer frequently even if she doesn't stay latched for long periods. Pump in between if you need to. To try to get baby more interested in latching on, spend time each day skin to skin. You with shirt off, baby in just a diaper. Just hold your baby this way. Skin to skin contact can provide many benefits for your baby... and one of those is better nursing.

Alexis - posted on 09/09/2013

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Well I read that you can't judge how,ich milk you have by how much comes out of a pump. There could be multiple reasons she's not staying latched... Gas, not latched on rot, not comfortable. My girl will do that because she needs to be burped. Pumps don't suck like babes do,

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