Tips for milk supply problem?

Tricia - posted on 05/07/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My LO is 4 months old, and either he eats more when I'm not home to nurse him or my pump doesn't get milk as effectively as my baby. I don't have any supply problems on the weekends when I'm home. During the week, though, I'm away 12 1/2 hours a day for work. The routine is, I feed him right before I leave and immediately upon getting home, and I pump 5 times (when I get there, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and before I leave). I'm getting 18-20 oz and he's eating 20-22 oz. Usually I'm short 2-2.5 oz. I'm cross posting on the breastfeeding board, but I deffinitly need any suggestions or advice anyone here might have.

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Sara - posted on 05/14/2009

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I found when I pumped less I got just as much as if I would have pumped more - does that make sense? My boobs just kept it for later...

My son and I had the same issue - but I think the sitter just tried to give him more, too - and it is faster to drink from the bottle. My sitter ended up adding formula to my milk! Crazy lady! But she felt it filled him up more - it was only one bottle but by the end of that sitter it was one BM bottle and one formula.

My consulation was in the fact that he was still getting more of me then of the chemicals, etc.

Lyndsay - posted on 05/12/2009

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Working without weaning is a great book and resource for mom's who don't want to wean from breastfeeding when they have to work. It was like my Bible. I did it successfully for my daughter's entire first year. One thing that really helped me for the days I was short, was to use what I stocked up in the freezer. I would pump any excess milk any chance I got and freeze it. This meant I pumped after her morning feeding if she was full before I was "empty" and on the weekends. I had a freezer supply that I was even able to use when my daughter was 5 months old for me to go on a weekend trip without her. That age is probably the hardest because they are not really eating food yet to keep them full. Keep up the good work and you are awesome for doing what you do for him!

Lisa - posted on 05/11/2009

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Go to the health food store and they will help you out. I had the same issue and but I don't remember what I took but it did work.

Esther - posted on 05/11/2009

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I have no advise to offer really except to say that I always gave my son one bottle of formula at night before he went to bed just to take some of the pressure off of myself to produce. It made a huge difference for me. Having said that though, my hat is off to you for being such a dedicated mom!! Pumping 5 times at work - that's dedication and I admire you for it!! I was never able to nurse directly so I bottle fed my son breastmilk from very early on, but I never pumped more than twice at work, and after a few months I even cut back to once a day at work (for 30 minutes) (twice more at home) and I thought that was hard work.

Keisha - posted on 05/11/2009

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Yeah..unfortunately this happens when you return back to work. For my first I was able to breastfeed or feed him breast milk exclusively until he was 6 or 7 months..then I gradually had to work in formula, because i wasn't producing enough. I weaned him off breastmilk completely at 12 months and started giving him whole. With my second child however, I dried up completely right around 6 months.....it seems that i never really was bale to produce enough from the start. The doctor told me that stress and comfort have alot to do with milk production. For me my stress level went up after having my second, which most likely was the cause of me drying up. I was told to drink as much water as possible and try not to feel rushed when I'm pumping. Unfortunately in a work environment when you're pumping its hard to not feel rushed....we even have a lactation room at my job and I still felt like I was rushing it.

Natalie - posted on 05/08/2009

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It's possible he eats more from the bottle than from you and there is really no supply problem. I had a similar problem when I went back to work so as painful as it was I got up at 4:30 and before even showering I would pump, then shower and when my daughter got up I would nurse her, then leave for work. That extra I made in the morning made up for the short supply for the day. And the good news it only lasted for about 4 or 5 months before she started eating less milk from me anyhow. It sounds like you are spending a lot of time pumping at work too. I only pumped 2 or 3X a day until she was about 8 months then only 1X.

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