Supply Question - NEED HELP!

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Registered: 03-06-2006
Supply Question - NEED HELP!
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 1:39pm

HELP, trying to increase supply but it's not working.


DS is 7 mo. I have been pumping every day at work and at night and have had no problems getting 3-4 6 or 7 oz bottles a day. I had a great supply. DS sleeps though the night. He eats oatmeal with fruit in the mornings, has jarred food at lunch and dinner and has 3 bottles a day.


Beginning a couple weeks ago my supply suddenly dropped. I started taking Fenugreek (3 capsules/3x day). Now I am lucky if I can pump 15oz in a day.


Here is my schedule M-F:


PUMP


5:00 am


8:30 am


11:30 or 12:00


3:00ish


Thanks,

Francie


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Registered: 01-12-2006
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 2:36pm

So is baby only nursing one time per day and is getting bottles the rest of the time?

I'm sorry ... very short of time (probably shouldn't even respond), but I wanted to say even if baby is only getting bottles / nursing 6X / day ... we wouldn't expect those bottles to be larger than 4 oz each.

So if you're trying to give 7 ounce bottles 4X -- well that's 28 oz of milk, which is more than the average baby takes in a WHOLE DAY (and that amount of milk baby drinks goes down as the amount of solids goes up). So I think by making the bottles more appropriately sized, you'd ease the stress on yourself a bit.

I suspect part of the reason for the drop in supply is the amount of solids baby is eating ... we typically don't see breastfed babies eating 3 solid meals a day until closer to 12 months. Again, as baby eats more solids, he takes less milk. So if baby is getting all his milk needs met by the bottle then he's likely not taking much when he nurses directly ... thus reducing the supply from its former level.

To increase supply, you want to pump / nurse MORE frequently, not less frequently. More frequent stimulation / removal of milk from the breast will increase supply. Spacing out your pumping sessions will tell your body to make LESS milk.

A couple more questions:
- has AF returned? If not, you may be about to see her and experiencing a somewhat common dip in supply that happens around ovulation. If this is the cause, your supply will rebound, the dip is only temporary (but does happen monthly and can be counteracted by a calcium / magensium supplement).

- have you performed any pump maintenance in a while? If not, try replacing the little white membranes on your pump. They can get microtears that negatively impact your ability to pump.

Follow up ... sorry gotta run so quickly.

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Registered: 03-06-2006
Wed, 02-24-2010 - 4:38pm

Thanks for your reply.


DS was drinking 3, sometimes 4, 6-7 oz bottles a day until I gave him solids at 6mo. He was having rice cereal in his bottles and eating 1x/day until the ped told us to feed him 2x as he wasn't even 15lbs.

Thanks,

Francie


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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 4:26am

Are you aware that breastmilk has a lot more calories than rice cereal and many jarred baby foods?

So if weight gain is a problem, using those types of solids could be contributing to a slower weight gain.

So foods like fresh avocado, sweet potato, mashed banana or pasta with some olive oil would he better choices for a baby, both weight gain, and health wise.

I would definitely nurse him as much as possible at night, and if he is having one or two meals of solids during the day, I would not even give him any solids at night. The direct nursing will stimulate your supply. At this age, a baby should always be offered the breastmilk before the solids, not after. This includes with the EBM while you are away.

Teresa

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Registered: 03-06-2006
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 4:04pm

Here is the during the day schedule DH has created for Nicholas:


Thanks,

Francie


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Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 02-25-2010 - 9:01pm

The average breastfed baby will take in about 25 oz per day between one and six months. This is shown to be true by research regardless of age or weight. As baby begins to take solid foods, his milk intake begins to adjust down, meaning he will drink less milk the more food he eats. If baby is having problems gaining weight (you think he is not, which is good), he would be better off taking less solids in order to take more milk.

Here's more:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html