Sad that my milk is drying up, I've tried everything

Kelly - posted on 02/06/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby is not currently with me, but I see him at least once a day to feed, and pump the rest of the time to send the milk to him. I'm sure that not directly feeding him has a lot to do with it drying up. I'm still producing about half of what he eats, and since I pumped from the beginning he has some still in the freezer and hasn't had to supplement with formula....yet. I've tried mother's milk tea, red raspberry leaf tea, fenugreek and thyme. i used this stuff called lactate support that helped a little and I'm waiting on more in the mail (hopefully comes tomorrow). I listened to hungry babies crying on the internet while looking at his picture and pumping, and I've tried sleeping with some of his dirty clothes so i could smell him. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything that I haven't tried?

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Lori - posted on 02/08/2013

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How often you pump will make the most difference. Milk supply works on demand. The more milk that is removed, the more milk your body makes. The more often you remove the milk, the faster your body makes more.

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2013

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i cant pump as often as i would like to, i have a lot going on right now. im trying to pump as much as i can and realize i will have to supplement with formula. i will continue trying though. i bought more mothers milk tea, and lactate support, and fenugreek. and hopefully, i will have more time with him soon. and my life will be a little less hectic in a couple of months. thanks for the advice ladies! i will make an effort to pump more often, even if i can only do it for a little bit

Cleaver - posted on 02/07/2013

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i had 2 premie babies who were in the hospital for a month its very stressful and i had a hard time producing milk. with my first i had an extremely hard time getting him to nurse i was basically his pacifier i dont care i still got the nursing bond, my second born though i again due to the stress of him being in an incubator and an infection in his lungs i again had a hard time nursing but now my youngest is 4 months old and hasnt had a bottle since he got home. basically just keep trying itll get easier when he/she is home and the hospital stress (if your baby is in the hospital) things will get much better

Lori - posted on 02/06/2013

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How often are you pumping? Every 2-3 hours? And are you sure the breast shields on the pump fit you right? Are you using a hospital grade pump? The better quality the pump... the better the results are generally.

I think looking at his picture while pumping is a great idea... I'm not as sure about listening to "other" babies crying. That might be annoying to listen to and hinder let down???? IMO.

Any way you can see him more than once a day? (I'm guessing no... but I just have to ask)

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