Hello Ladies!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-01-2010
Hello Ladies!
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Wed, 12-01-2010 - 11:53am

Hi there!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-27-2010
In reply to: kibs
Wed, 12-01-2010 - 12:03pm

Welcome to the board and congrats on your new baby :)

Ive done both reglan and dom for supply also and dom works so much better for me. I dont get any depression on the dom but I did with reglan.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-04-2009
In reply to: kibs
Wed, 12-01-2010 - 6:19pm

Hi, and welcome to the board! Congrats on your new baby.

Generally, the more often you can pump during the first 12 weeks, the better for your supply long term. The ideal is to pump 8-12 times, for 15-20 mins, or 5 mins past when the milk flow slow to almost nothing - whichever is longer. A lot of times, you'll get another let down (period of faster milk flow) around the 20 minute mark, especially if it has been a solid 2-3 hours since your last pump. It's okay if your pumps aren't evenly spaced throughout the day. A lot of us longer term EPers have had success pumping when a convenient time arises, ie when the baby is napping, eating, or circumstances otherwise lend themselves to a good pump opportunity. Sometimes that means clustering a few pumps closer together, and then going a few long stretches between pumps.

Making sure you get as much rest as possible, and trying to relax as much as possible are also very important for your supply. Hands free pumping can be a great way to relax a little more while pumping. Massage and compressions are also very important (see below), and you can do both while pumping hands free, and then take little breaks to surf the net, read a book, watch tv, etc. Often, when you aren't watching every little ounce you'll find that you actually get more milk overall.

Making sure your flanges fit well is also important. The following link discusses proper fit:

http://lactinv.com/breastfeeding_qna.php?article=proper_fitting_of_breastshields

Finding a good fit is often a process of trial and error, seeing what feels best to you and yields the most milk. Lubricating the shields with olive oil helps with comfort.

Here are some more helpful links:

Beginners Guide
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppexcluspump&msg=31119.68&ctx=0

Tips for Newbies (including a lot of info about nipple care):
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppexcluspump&msg=32794.14&ctx=256

A helpful video about breast compressions to increase production:

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

A helpful video about hand expression (a learned skill which takes a few days of practice/trial and error to learn):

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html

A link about foods and herbs to increase supply:

http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-diet.aspx

A link which discusses increasing milk production overall, and gives some tips specifically for pumping about halfway down the page:

http://breastfeeding.about.com/od/lactation/a/relactation.htm

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09