Help please!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-28-2014
Help please!
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Mon, 07-28-2014 - 11:41pm

I'm a first time mom and my daughter is 4 wks old. I decided a week ago to start pumping exlcusively since I couldn't get her to latch properly and was in so much pain when I tried to nurse her. I'm pumping 7-8 times a day and just barely producing enough to fulfill her needs! She's eating 3-4 oz at a time and I pump any where from 2-3 oz each pumping session. For some reason I only pump .5-1oz on my left breast but can pump up to 2.5 oz on my right. I'm renting a hosiptal grade pump as I read that it can help increase my supply. I'm also drinking plenty of water and taking Fenugreek 3-4 times a day. I am so upset that I may have to start supplementing! I literally am at the point where I have to pump prior to her next feeding to make sure she has the amount she needs. That means that I CANNOT miss a session! I am so exhausted! Will my supply ever increase! I feel like I will never get ahead!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 10:17pm

It sounds like you are doing all of the right things! Are you pumping at least 15-20 minutes per session? I think the hospital grade pump is absolutely key! My only other thought is to do breast compressions (massage all the way around both breasts during pumping). This has helped my "empty completely" thus making more milk. I ate lots of oatmeal and oatmeal cookies (store bought)! That is supposed to help increase supply. But from experience, I do remember when I was not outproducing my daughter. But eventually, my supply increased and I was able to freeze some milk, too! So keep it up. I know it is not easy. Just take it a day at a time. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-28-2014
Fri, 08-01-2014 - 7:40pm

Thanks for the reply! I was having a meltdown the other day! Things are starting to look up for me now. I'm actually getting a little ahead & haven't had to supplement yet. I found another website that has given me a lot of information & support. It's nice to know that there are many other women in my situation.

iVillage Member
Registered: 14 hours ago
14 hours ago

I am definitely in your position. I think I am doing this all wrong because I had to extend my pumping sessions every 6-7 hours while I was at work, I waitress, and now all I can produce is 16oz a day. I am bummed and frustrated but I hope I can increase my supply. Maybe on my days off I'll pump more. I hope I begin having some success.