Barely meeting his needs anymore

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Barely meeting his needs anymore
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:53am

In the last 2 weeks it seems that I am not pumping as much as I had been in the past. I used to be able to pump approx 12oz while I was at work, but lately I've been barely able to bet 10. He usually takes 3 4oz bottles while I'm at work. He is with the sitter or DH from 2:30 to bedtime (8/8:30) and I get home at midnight. I've even noticed during the day sometimes he just doesn't seem satisfied. He does eat solids at dinner time for DH or the sitter. I rarely feel engorged unless I've gone from his last feeding at 9pm and he sleeps all night until around 7am. I am really trying to make sure I drink enough, which is difficult at work since I'm running around on my feet most of the night. I started taking Fenugreek this week to see if that will help at all.

Any other suggestions?

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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 9:56pm

Would it be ok if we asked some questions to get some more specifics about your situation?


How many times a day would you say you nurse directly in a 24 hour period?


Is he getting those 12 ounces of breastmilk just between 2 and 8? 12 ounces in 6 hours feels like quite a bit to me if I'm understanding that correctly.


How are you pumping while you're at work and for how long? What kind of pump?


HOw much solids is he getting?


Is AF back yet?


On any hormonal birth control?


Any health problems that might affect supply, like PCOS, thyroid, anemia or hormonal issues?


Sorry to bombard you with questions!


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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:22am

How many times a day would you say you nurse directly in a 24 hour period?
I nurse once or twice at night, depending on how he sleeps, but usually once. Then I usually nurse him 4-6 times before I leave for work, depending on when he wakes up for the day and what we are doing.

Is he getting those 12 ounces of breastmilk just between 2 and 8? 12 ounces in 6 hours feels like quite a bit to me if I'm understanding that correctly.
Yes, I leave three 4oz bottles and they are gone by the time I get home. I've tried to convince DH that he doesn't need that much, but it's a battle.

How are you pumping while you're at work and for how long? What kind of pump?
I have a very old Medela PIS that I used when DS#1 was born and he is 8 years old. I know I should get a new one but we just can't afford it right now. Due to my schedule at work, I start work at 3pm, pump around 5 or 6pm for about 20 or so min, then pump again around 9 or 10pm. I am a nurse, so I am passing out medications from 3:30 until 5ish, and then I have to pass out medications from 8-9:30. so I am very limited as to when I can take breaks to pump.

HOw much solids is he getting?
right now he is usually only getting solids at dinner time for the sitter or DH. Occasionally I will give him some cereal for breakfast if he isn't satisfied after nursing.

Is AF back yet?
No

On any hormonal birth control?
I just did the depo shot about 2 weeks ago in prep for getting the Essure procedure done (sterilization procedure instead of getting tubes tied). I was told it shouldn't affect my supply since it's just progesterone.

Any health problems that might affect supply, like PCOS, thyroid, anemia or hormonal issues?
I was diagnosed with PCOS almost 3 years ago, but it was mild.

Hopefully those answers help.

Thanks

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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 7:59am

My take on your situation is that it's really not a supply concern but just more of an overfeeding concern.


It sounds like you're still nursing or bottle feeding at least 8 times in a 24 hour period. The average baby takes in 19-30 ounces of breastmilk over a 24 hour period which 25 ounces being the average. Taking in 12 ounces just between 2pm and 8pm is a pretty help proportion of that.


If I understand correctly, you're pumping twice at work and getting 10 ounces, so 5 ounces per session? Did you know the average mom can pump 1-3 ounces per session? 5 may be less than 6 but you're still pumping a HUGE amount.


The Depo shot still CAN affect your supply in a smaller number of women, it's just less likely to. There are still some women for whom it affects their supplies.


Are you still using the slowest flow bottle nipples? Does DH make an effort to give him the bottle slowly to give his body a chance to register it's full or does he let him gulp it down? I know it's hard to change this when you're not the one giving the bottles.


Thanks for the quick reply and let us know what you think.

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