I'm not alone

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Registered: 12-28-2008
I'm not alone
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 6:40pm


Just when I'm ready to give up pumping altogether, I found this sight.

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 8:21pm

Hi, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us. :)

Power pumping can be done many ways, but the way I've done it is to pump for 15-20 mins (or however long it takes you to empty). Then, over the next hour, I go 10 mins off the pump, 10 on, 10 off, etc. Another way to power pump is to take longer breaks after one of your pumps, and only do 3 minutes on the pump. Many ladies do this by turning on the tv, and only pumping during commercial breaks. Basically, the idea is to mimc the way a BFed baby would cluster feed. If you pump frequently after you're more or less empty, you're sending your brain the signal to make more milk. The more often you do this, the better your body's response is likely to be.

MOTN = middle of the night. Your body's prolactin levels are highest between 1-5 am, but from what I've read, they're actually pretty high anytime you are resting. You're body produces more milk when your prolactin levels are higher (which is why domperidone increases milk production; it increases prolactin).

You can compare domperidone prices on inhousepharmacy.biz, but I bought roughly 3 months worth of it for a little over $100, I think. I mentioned in another post that I definitely saw a substantial increase when on domperidone, but I'm not sure how much of the increase was from dom, and how much was from all the extra pumping I did.

I read something on another site about "trace minerals" increasing production, and have never tried it myself, but this page was linked to on the other site: http://lactinv.com/breastfeeding_qna.php?article=increasing_your_milk_supply


Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 10-27-2010
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 11:52pm

Your definately not alone. I just found this board myself and already the help and support has made such a difference for me. Hang in there! Any breastmilk is better than none. Thats hard to remember but its really the truth. I want my LO to have only bm too but thats not always possible. Just do what you can to increase you know? I took fenugreek with blessed thistle and it helped but what really did it for me was reglan to increase. Its got so many side effects though so next Im trying the dom.

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Registered: 10-15-2010
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 2:36am

This is what I take to increase my supply:


It has goat's rue, blessed thistle, fenugreek, althea root, anise seed, fennel seed, and milk thistle in it. At first I take the max dose, then every day decrease by one pill until I am taking 2 pills 3 times a day.

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Registered: 12-28-2008
Sat, 10-30-2010 - 10:50pm

Thank you all for your help.

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 11-03-2010 - 3:14pm

No, you're definitely not! My youngest is now 3.5 mos. and we're trying to EP only, but I have supply problems too, so she gets supplemented w/ formula in the evening when I'm empty.

Other than the usual tips for increasing supply, I haven't tried Dom or Reglan. (Side note: I posted a few weeks ago about my concern w/ taking Dom and past depression, but I had it mixed up w/ Reglan. My bad!) I just got a new PISA and I'm already feeling better about pumping. But, like you said, it's sometimes lonely and hard to stay regimented about it when it feels like you're fighting a losing battle. I got myself back on f-green/thistle, but I may try More Milk Plus since many have raved about that too. It can be frustrating, that's for sure. But this site is great for help and support. GL! :)

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Registered: 11-03-2010
Wed, 11-03-2010 - 4:53pm

Hi there!

First-well done you-you're doing really well and i know it's hard. in same boat but my little girl is only seven weeks old. I'm hoping to keep the pumping up for as long as i can. the power pumping worked well for me-try it for four days and see if there's a difference

Best of luck and I think you're a great mom!