HELP WITH BREAST FEEDING PLEASE!!!!

Cyndee - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I have been breast feeding, pumping and storing my breast milk since my babys birth. which has now been about a month.. I feel as if my milk supply has gone down alot beacuse when I pumped before I use to get at least 4oz. after a feeding and before a feeding I would get about 6oz. now if I get 2oz. i'm lucky.. does anyone know why this is happening and is there anything I can do to get my milk supply up.. I really need to pump and store so that way she will have it when I return to work.. Any suggestions will be helpful.. Thank you...

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Nicki - posted on 04/19/2009

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it is normal for you not to be able to pump as much as time goes on. it is different for every person. are you going to be pumping at work? if so i wont worry about it too much then cause you will basically be pumping to replace the bottle she is eating at that time. but there is teas and pills you can take to increase milk production. the think it is fengueek (spelling?) make sure yiua re drinking lots of water too. that will help. i have also heard that if you pump onone side while she is nursing on the other side you can produce more. good luck!!

Kate CP - posted on 04/19/2009

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If you've gone from exclusive nursing to pumping your body can tell the difference and may not be producing as much. Try actually nursing more to increase your milk supply. Also, if you're taking birth control pills that can affect your milk supply. I would contact a lactation consultant to get some more ideas. La Leche League is a good one.

Christina - posted on 04/22/2009

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Make sure that you are still eating about the same as you did when you were pregnant, when i was breastfeeding, i had a huge drop in supply when i would forget to eat, also, make sure that you are still drinking your milk, that helps you make your own. And dont forget to relax, stress can decrease you production too. Good luck!!

Krystle - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son is seven months i had to pump this whole time he had a problem latching on right. I had the same problem your having i just pumped more often every two to three hrs and i drink eight glass or more a day of water.

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2009

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This happened to me and my OB suggested a pill called "Motilium". It is completely safe for you and baby. When my milk supply went way down I was probably only getting 12 oz a day and when I started taking Motilium I was getting about 32-34 oz a day. I have had several friends take this as well and it has worked for all of us. I tried both brewers yeast and fenugreek and they did absolutely nothing for my milk supply. If you decide to go with the Motilium, my OB told me to go with the 10 mg tablets and take 2 pills three times a day. Give it about a week to kick in. Good luck!

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Leslie - posted on 04/22/2009

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Your milk supply was probably 6oz right off the bat since it was still coming it. Your body has probably just adjusted to your babies needs. I notice if I pump the same time everyday it usually get more as each day goes. I pump in the morning. Let my baby nurse on one side and pump the other. I try to switch sides each day. Also you may need a different pump. I use Laniosh and it is great. Or try changing the settings on your pump.

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I was also told that if you put a warm wash cloth on your breast that it will help the milk come out, i tried it and it work a little for me it might for you, everyone is diffrent.

Lauren - posted on 04/22/2009

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my advice would be to spend a few days only nursing (try to do it every 2 hours if your baby will) and no pumping. your body responds better to the baby nursing than it does the pump. i pump at work and i can always tell a difference when i go back to work after my weekend off when i only nurse her. there are also teas that you can get at health food stores, etc. w/ fenugreek and other herbs that stimulate milk production (although i haven't tried them). a dr. can prescribe you Reglan (metcloperimide) but the teas are natural and i try to minimize any chemicals/medicines, etc. that i put in my body because it goes to the baby through your milk. good luck! just remember that breastfeeding is based on supply and demand, the more you nurse, the more you will produce. that is where a lot of people go wrong w/ breastfeeding because they supplement w/o pumping and decrease their supply.

Tanisha - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hi, the same thing happened to me. The pump stopped working for me. Breastfeeding more can help increase your mil again and there is a pill named fenugreek which actually helped me.You can buy it at GNC or any health store.

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Is your baby sleeping through the night? Middle of the night feedings have a huge impact on milk supply. If you can manage it, pumping between 2-4am will give you a big boost in your supply. It also could be that your little girl just went through a growth spurt, and now your supply is going back down to a normal level. Honestly, getting 2 oz in a pumping session while still breastfeeding full time is really quite a lot!

Cyndee - posted on 04/21/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

This happened to me and my OB suggested a pill called "Motilium". It is completely safe for you and baby. When my milk supply went way down I was probably only getting 12 oz a day and when I started taking Motilium I was getting about 32-34 oz a day. I have had several friends take this as well and it has worked for all of us. I tried both brewers yeast and fenugreek and they did absolutely nothing for my milk supply. If you decide to go with the Motilium, my OB told me to go with the 10 mg tablets and take 2 pills three times a day. Give it about a week to kick in. Good luck!



I was wondering where I can find this pill.... Do I need to ge a perscription or can I pick it up at a health store.. Thank you...

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2009

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Most of the same things as the woman are saying after a month or a couple of months your milk stablizes and you might not have that "full" feeling anymore and you will not produce a lot of milf if your baby is not demanding a lot of milk. I had big problems trying to nurse and pump. I was nursing and pumping for twenty mins after each nursing but my body just didn't want to produce more than just what my son needed (hence no storing ;-( I also took fenugeek 2 pills 6 times a day per my Dr. advice Mother's Milk Tea up to 5 times a day (with a squirt of honey cause it does not taste wonderful) and blessed thistle a think 1 pill at least 3 times a day. Pain it the butt. Although it did start to really kick up the milk. If your baby is sleeping through the night you could set the alarm and pump in the night once. I hated doing this but it was such a long stretch and I was so engorged in the morning the Dr. recommeneded this to encreaesed supply and to save milk. It really work I would get 6-8 oz in the middle of the night. I was very serious about nursing my son ;-)

Lacey - posted on 04/20/2009

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you can try a herbal supplement called Fenugreek...you can get it at GNC! I had to use it when i was breast feeding my daughter, it smells like maple syrup, and in turn can make your urine or babies urine smell like maple syrup. I would take 2 pills 3 times a day...give it about 30 minutes to work thru my system and pump...i would literally get close to 10 oz every morning!! (my daughter slept thru the night from a very early age...5 days old or so...) I hope this helps!! good luck!!!

April - posted on 04/20/2009

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I had that problem too my doctor prescribed me Domperidone / motillium it works well im on it now :)

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2009

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I had a little troubl with milk production @ about 3 1/2 mo and one of my friends who is in her fiftys suggested that I try to gag down an beer 2 a week because of the yeast (yuck I don't like beer) but it helped me out. I know that You can also get yest pills and have herd that they help to.

Joelle - posted on 04/19/2009

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I agree with everyone on here!

I am a young 21 year old mother of a 5month old baby girl & I am still breast feeding. Most of my friends are bottle feeding so I dislike their opinion. Here my opinion and what I do: I eat & drink load liquid every time after I breast feed also during. They say sleep whenever she does help bring in milk. I find that it help produce milk as well keeping up my energy. Try eating oatmeal, drink milk, eating load fiber food as well fruits & veggies. Dieting is hard to do so when you’re on the baby schedule.



Take care & keep up the good work!

Belinda - posted on 04/19/2009

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i had problems when i first started to breastfeed than when i started expressing i never seemed to get enough, i went to a homeopath and acupuncturist and that helped heaps i can now i express morning and night and can get up to 8oz. easily

Melissa - posted on 04/19/2009

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I had the same problem with my son who's now 6months old. The first few times I pumped I was getting almost 6oz. It slowly but steadily decreased. I nursed him every 2 hours and pumped in between but still felt I couldn't out out enough to have a good supply. I actually ended up having severe anxiety and feelings of being a failure as a mom because I wasn't able to produce enough. I drank lots of water, avoided caffeine and ate lots of healthy calories. I also started counseling for the anxiety issues (part of minor post partum depression). But once I realized that whenever I nursed my son he was always content and full it did make a bit of a difference. I focused more on the bonding aspect of nursing him than the storage issues. I did end up doing some formula supplementation at 4months and continue to do so as necessary. Even still when I pump I only produce 3-4 oz in an eight hour period and he know eats between 6-8ozs. My body just knows the difference between my son and a machine and reponds accordingly. But I just pump as much as I can and that's all I can do. My best advice is to just relax about it as much as possible and know that there is no shame in having to use supplementation if thats what it comes down too. It took me awhile to adjust but my son is healthy and happy and so am I. A friend of mine just recently recommended and herbal product that I plan on trying and if I have any success with it I will let you know. Keep your head up! = }

Marcia - posted on 04/19/2009

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I so agree with Kate...La Leche League helps a lot and they will come to your house (do not worry how messy it is, EVERYONE understands!)...I had a really tough time breastfeeding, but we had a lactation consultant near by that helped a lot...I still had to top up with formula and there were other issues, but I couldn't have done it alone. I hope you are doing well and not feeling too overwhelmed.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2009

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I know my milk supply went way down progressively as my son got older. He's 10 & a half months now...and he barely wants to breastfeed at all. I think the milk supply slowly goes now when they start to near the 1 year mark due the intake of solids and other factors. Whatever you decide I would just encourage you to keep up with the breastfeeding as long as you're able to. I have about 8-9 girlfriends who have babies (just as I do) and NOT a SINGLE one breastfeeds. I find that extremely sad..and I feel sorry for their babies who are not getting the healthy benefit of it. I commend you for trying to do the right thing. A lot of mom's don't seem to have your persistance! Keep up the good work with the nursing.!

Ashleigh - posted on 04/19/2009

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is she eating as much as before? I never pumped, but I know for myself after the first month or so, my breasts never got really firm anymore, but my son still got lots of milk. It could be just that your body is adjusting well now to the demands of your daughter.

Anna - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hmm.. well after your breast get used to the feedings, they do tend to stay softer. I remember in the begining with me it was like I couldn't even keep the milk in there.. hehe.. But after a month at home with my son i could barely get anything out by hand milking and their was a short time that he would just scream at me for more. So I just feed him more and wait and then more, which seemed to help. The only time my breasts get firm now is if I wait to long or hope over a meal by giving him a bottle insted. I know its frustrating, big time when you really want to breast feed. But hopefuly you can get threw this and she can help you to get that production up again :)

Cyndee - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Anna:

All i can say is insted of pumping, try to start feeding every 2 hours. I know it sounds tiring, but you should get fast results. You can even try pumping every 2 hours like they said at the hospital where I had my son, but like one person already said sometimes your body knows the difference. I would try the every 2 hour thing, they also say do it when you feel you have the most milk. Which most women feel is at night. :) Good luck


The thing is that before feeding time my breast would feel full and ready to go even a little bit on the hard side so that way I knew there was milk, but now it just feels soft all the time and when I try to express it with my hands it takes a little while to come out. as before I would touch it and it would come flowing out.. Also there would be times when I would give her a bottle instead of the breast and skip that feeding and also not pump and my breast would get really firm to the touch. so when I pumped I got alot of milk but now lately if I skip a feeding it don't get hard it stays the same.. So I don't know what is going on..

Anna - posted on 04/19/2009

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All i can say is insted of pumping, try to start feeding every 2 hours. I know it sounds tiring, but you should get fast results. You can even try pumping every 2 hours like they said at the hospital where I had my son, but like one person already said sometimes your body knows the difference. I would try the every 2 hour thing, they also say do it when you feel you have the most milk. Which most women feel is at night. :) Good luck

Nikki - posted on 04/19/2009

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This happened to me. Call your OB and she/he can actually prescribe you medication to help! Also if you have a health food store near by they have natural supplements that you can take at all times. And as always drink LOTS of water and limit your caffeine intake.

Becky - posted on 04/19/2009

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i pumped for both my babies as for different reasons was unable to breast feed. With Jessica my eldest i pumped for 6/7 months. Oliver it was less succesfful and i pumped for just under 6 months. But i never breast fed either of them, Jessica was an over sucker and almost ripped both nipples off and i had to have stiches. Oliver has a lazy larynx and was not really able to suck.
I used a double electric breast pump (looked a bit like a cow at milking time but normally got between 6oz to 8 oz) only problem was i had to do it every two hours, so when i was out i had to find some where and use a hand pump and then give that straight to the kids or chuck out! Towards the end with Oliver he had to be topped up by formula milk.
I found lots of cuddles with my baby before i expressed and even some hand expressing whilst i was cuddling helped to keep supply up.

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remember when you go to work you will be pumping instead of nursing so you will have that milk as well as what you have already stored. Your milk supply will go down if the demand is lower after a while your body gets used to how much is being used. Your baby is probaby taking more in when nursing so when you pump your getting less because your baby already ate it. weigh your baby before and after feedings and you will know how much she is taking and you can keep track of it that way.

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