milk supply

Kortney - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I'm breastfeeding, and planning on going back to work in a few weeks. I was wondering if there's any way to increase my milk supply so I can pump and freeze it for when I go back to work. I used the pump today, and got less than an ounce.

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Anna - posted on 01/27/2009

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keep pumping as often as you can. it will gradually build up. don't get discouraged it takes awhile.

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Donna - posted on 01/29/2009

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The breastfeeding advisor suggested that when I pumped I held/smelt something that the baby had worn, and/or look at photos of her, this apparently confuses the brain into thinking you are feeding the baby rather than the much more mechanical process of pumping.  I think it helped a bit...

Donna - posted on 01/29/2009

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The breastfeeding advisor suggested that when I pumped I held/smelt something that the baby had worn, and/or look at photos of her, this apparently confuses the brain into thinking you are feeding the baby rather than the much more mechanical process of pumping.  I think it helped a bit...

Lydia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Keep pumping - the more you do, the more your supply will increase.  I started pumping every morning because that was when I had a little more to give and after a while it was working out just great.  Now I have enough for when I'm at school and even some on reserve.  Just keep trying - no one is exactly the same so see what works for you.  I have found that taking a big drink of water right before I pump helps with let-down.  Good luck!

Francesca - posted on 01/27/2009

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my girlfriend told me about an herb called fenugreek (something like that). her friend (who is a lactation consultant) told her about this herb, and my girlfriend swears on it!  good luck1

Kortney - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:



It's a supply and demand thing :). The more you breastfeed and pump the more milk you will produce. Make sure you are taking in plenty of water and when you think you've had enough have a few more glasses, make sure you eat a healthy diet as well. What type of pump are you using? Electric ones work best for pumping high amounts of milk, the machines are pricey but we rented a hospital grade one through the hospital and it was worth every penny & the pennies were much cheaper than the cost of owning one.






It wouldn't hurt to pump after your baby gets through nursing, some women find they get more milk after their child has nursed than when starting straight with the pump.





 



i have an evenflo, its electric.

Tiffany - posted on 01/27/2009

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It's a supply and demand thing :). The more you breastfeed and pump the more milk you will produce. Make sure you are taking in plenty of water and when you think you've had enough have a few more glasses, make sure you eat a healthy diet as well. What type of pump are you using? Electric ones work best for pumping high amounts of milk, the machines are pricey but we rented a hospital grade one through the hospital and it was worth every penny & the pennies were much cheaper than the cost of owning one.



It wouldn't hurt to pump after your baby gets through nursing, some women find they get more milk after their child has nursed than when starting straight with the pump.

Chavon - posted on 01/27/2009

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You just have to keep pumping every day pretty soon you will get extra because it thinks the baby is eatting more

Laci - posted on 01/27/2009

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you can take herbs to increase your milk supply and they don't hurt or bother your baby.  You need to increase your pumping between feeds and store the small amounts in the fridge then add all until you have about 4 ozs for one feed.  The herbs I used were Rasberry leaves and another one I can't remember but you can google it and just check with your doctor.  Good luck

Dawn - posted on 01/27/2009

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I found that I would be able to pump the most if I pumped on one side while nursing on the other.  My daughter just turned 6 months this week.  I was only able to nurse for the first 3 months with her and then my supply just simply ran out.  I sure wish I knew about all these tips and hints to increase the supply before now.  After I stopped, everyone had advice for me... a bowl of oatmeal was advised as the sure thing to keep the supply going!  Of course, it was too late for me, but maybe it will work for you!   Good luck!

Chessa - posted on 01/27/2009

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There is a tea that you can get from any health store like the Vitamin Shoppe or GNC called Organic Mother's Milk that you drink a few times a day to promote healthy lactation and increase supply.  Drink a lot of water and eat well!

Bridget - posted on 01/27/2009

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I used to pump for ten minutes after every time I fed my daughter on both sides. The next time I would pump I woul dhave more. Your pump should have a stimulation mode use that for a couple minutes then regular then at the end the stimulation mode. for a minute or so. Get a lot of rest, drink a lot of water and pump after yo uhave been sleeping. Those are supposed to be the best times to get the most milk. I also used to pump in between feedings to stimulate. It isn't easy what you are about to do but it is totally achievable. Good LUCK!

User - posted on 01/27/2009

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An herbal pill with fenugreek works wonders! I use "Lactate Support" where I purchased it from a vitamin store.  It calls for you to take 3 a day, but I can tell a MAJOR difference with just once a day :)

Katherine - posted on 01/27/2009

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I wonderful website is www.workandpump.com I used this site before I went back to work when my son was 3 months old. Now he's 5 1/2 months and has never had to have formula. I also have almost 300 ounces frozen. Remember supply and demand. I wouldn't introduce formula unless you have too. I started building up my supply by pumping before I went to bed. My son would eat at 8pm and I would pump until empty plus 2 mins at 10pm. This telling my body to make more milk. Now I pump on one side in the morning and he nurses on the other at the same time me getting another bottle of milk, either for daycare that day or to freeze later. It's a routine that you will have to adjust to. Don't give up some days it can be very frustrating but it's so worth it. Also kellymom.com is a great site. They also make a hands free pumping bra that I highly recommend you can find it online at bosombuddies.com. Good luck and happy pumping.

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I have found one of two ways to accomplish this. First, pump about 20 to 30 minutes prior to your baby nursing. You will always produce enough milk for your baby, even if you pump all of you milk, once you baby requires it you will have it.

The second thing I've done is start alternating feedings with a bottle of formula, this way you can pump instead of nurse.

And don't forget your pump when you go to work, you'll need it to keep up your supply when you are away from your baby. Hope this helps.

User - posted on 01/27/2009

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I suggest also trying Fenugrek seed (I don't think i spelled it correctly).  You can buy it at Vitamin Shoppe.  The bottle suggests only taking four pills, but don't follow that.  LaLeche reccommends taking about 12 pills during the day, which is what I did.  I went back to work when my son was 6 months old, kept going with the supplements, and breastfed until my son was 14 months.  Also, like was stated before, increase with the amount of pumping.  Feed then pump a little bit later.

Suzanne - posted on 01/27/2009

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The more the baby nurses, the greater supply.  Unfortunately, the baby suckling stimulates the nipples more than the pump.  This is what releases hormones to produce milk.  I would try pumping after the baby nurses to get any "extra" out and maybe that will help.  It's just a thought.  I nursed both of mine for 13 months.

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am a new mom too..I found to get more milk, I would pump after every feeding and even inbetween some. If she goes more than 3 hours with out a feeding, I would definately pump after 1 1/2 hours. It will increase your supply. Remember you have supply on demand! so the more your body thinks you need it the more it will come.

Goodluck!

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I understand! I wanted to have some on hand just in case and I either didnt have much left or I would pump and he'd wake up and have to eat what I pumped because there wasn't any left! Apparently if you keep pumping often it will eventually adjust (supply and demand). Check out some sites like kellymom.com :) Good luck and sorry it's time to go back to work :(

Christina - posted on 01/27/2009

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Good luck! Pumping at work is difficult but do able. After every feeding you should pump for a few minutes after your supply has ended. Your body will think that your baby is still hungry and your supply should increase.

Erin - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had a hard time pumping too....I'm sure it's not your milk supply, just your reaction to using a pump instead of the emotional bond of baby to breast.  Make sure you drink lots of water and pump frequently using the maximum level on your pump....it may hurt a bit more but it's more effective.  Here's a good link for you:



 



http://breastfeedingbasics.com/html/incr...



 



Good luck and don't give up!!!

User - posted on 01/27/2009

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Yes you can. I am a mother of 5 and breastfed all of them. To increase your milk suppy eat almonds and believe it or not drink beer (night time is the best). It worked for me. I went back to work after each child and had to pump. My mother-in-law gave me the advice on this exact matter. Hope it helps. All the best!

Carrie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Keep trying.  I had a really hard time getting enough milk once I went back to work.  It is great that you are thinking ahead.  Make sure that you eat and drink enough.  If you don't, you will not get enough milk.  Good Luck!!

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