Increasing my milk supply

Amber - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have really struggled to increase my milk supply. I had the hardest time in the begining with nursing. Even the lactation consultant could not get my son to latch on. I started pumping as soon as my milk came in and bottle feeding my baby. I continued to try to feed him once he got a little bigger, because he was so small at birth, but he just refuses. I had no problem feeding him just breast milk while he took 2 and then 3 ounces at a time, but now he takes 4 ounces at each feeding and still feeds every 2-4 hours. I just can't keep up with him. I am back at work and I pump every four hours I get 8-9 ounces in the morning and about 4 ounces every pumping after that I pump four times a day. I would like to pump more, but I am just too tired to fit another pumping in. Also I find that after some pumpings I hurt so bad. Should I pump more often than every 4 hours and what do I do to make it less painful? I am already taking a lactation ease suppliment and drinking mother's milk tea which has really helped increase the amount that I get.

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Jaime - posted on 04/11/2009

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I had the same problem, and now my daughter is nursing exclusively. Here are some tips:



- Try pouring pumped milk all over your breast then bringing him on. Keep trying this, it worked for me the first time...



- Get the "my brestfriend" nursin pillow. It made a world of difference for me, as the baby is jostling all around like with reg pillows or a boppy.



- Use larger breast shields or try pumpinpals.com. I also lubricate my skin with olive oil. It is safe if it gets in the milk. I can't pump without it.



- You need to pump more often. Try pumping more often, but for less time.



Good luck!!



 

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Amber - posted on 04/18/2009

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OK I got my pumpinpals just two days after I ordered them and they made a great difference. No more pain when pumping I sometimes use lanolin cream too when I pump and that helps just as the olive oil does and it is easy to have at work in my pump bag. I am glad the pain is gone and I can start pumping more often.

Jaime - posted on 04/17/2009

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I am so glad you got some of those! That company is awesome too. The size I originally ordered was too small for me, so I emailed them and they just sent me new ones. No return necessary. And the olive oil is a life saver. If I don't put enough on it hurts so bad! I can't believe I was able to ever pump without it!

Amber - posted on 04/17/2009

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OK I ordered pumpinpals and can't wait to get them and try them, but I already tried a little olive oil and I wish I would have know about this earlier. It makes it so much more comfortable I am going to share that advise with everyone.

Jaime - posted on 04/11/2009

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I had the same problem, and now my daughter is nursing exclusively. Here are some tips:



- Try pouring pumped milk all over your breast then bringing him on. Keep trying this, it worked for me the first time...



- Get the "my brestfriend" nursin pillow. It made a world of difference for me, as the baby is jostling all around like with reg pillows or a boppy.



- Use larger breast shields or try pumpinpals.com. I also lubricate my skin with olive oil. It is safe if it gets in the milk. I can't pump without it.



- You need to pump more often. Try pumping more often, but for less time.



Good luck!!



 

Anne - posted on 04/11/2009

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Hiya - just to say I take quite a lot of the fenugreek and had to double the dose as the initial one wasn't doing much.  I think perhaps the capsules might have more of this than the tea but I'm not sure - just worth bearing in mind.  It won't do any harm anyway!  Good luck again!

Amber - posted on 04/11/2009

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Thanks, I think I will buy some different sheilds I think that is one problem.   I also will try pumping every three hours instead.  My son has definately gained plenty of weight and is very healthy, but I do have to suppliment a bottle or two every night of formula and I am hoping that this doesn't have to increase as his intake increases.  I use the medela pump in style double pump.  The lactation ease suppliment I take has fenugreek, thistle, and nettle and it has helped a lot.  Thanks for the advice and I appreciate any more.

Anne - posted on 04/11/2009

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HI there. What pump are you using? I have medela swing pump and you can set it to different degrees of sucking - so perhaps you could continue longer with less pain on a lower setting? This would also stimulate you to make more milk even if the production was lower. I found other pumps too aggressive (naming no names!) and it was definately worth spending the money on this one for me. If you're going down the line of pumping exclusively then it would so be worth it. Perhaps you could hire a double pump from the hospital? I also take fenugreek seed capsules and they have helped my milk production SO MUCH! They're safe to use and start to work in a week or so, I definately advise you to start taking these. You can buy them on ebay. Make sure you're drinking enough fluids too. Of course the best thing would be if he would latch on.. Have you tried using nipple shields? They cover the nipple and are made of silicone making it feel a little more like a teat so perhaps that would confuse him just enough? Domperidone also increases lactation (you'd have to get this from your doctor and experiment with the dosage), I have a friend for whom this worked extremely well. Good Luck and I hope some of this helps you.
xo

Tounine - posted on 04/10/2009

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I pump every three hours and have my son on a three hour feeding schedule.  Sometimes I struggle to keep up too.  I have found letting the pump run for a couple minutes after my milk runs out helps some, basically telling my body I need to produce more.  If you are experiencing a lot of pain after pumping you might want to try different settings for vacuum and speed or a different set of shields.  He looks like he's growing quite fast so you must be doing something right!!

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