Keeping My Supply Up

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Registered: 02-13-2014
Keeping My Supply Up
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Thu, 02-13-2014 - 9:19pm

Okay so my question is... is it normal that i am still only pumping 3-4 ounces per session? My baby is 7 weeks old and i have been trying so hard to increase my supply. I wasn't really into into it in the beginning because i was frustrated that I couldnt breastfeed so i would always skip pumping sessions. But now that ive made up my mind i have been doing so good with keeping up my schedule but i have only increased a little. I even bought a hospital grade pump and have been pumping 8 times a day for a couple weeks now. SOme women ive heard they would pump up to 6 - 10 ounces at this point but with me, 5 ounces is the most. this makes me really anxious. I have tried almost every trick i  learn but it seems like the progress i am making is really slow. I bought these super flanges from pumpin pal which worked great but mostly for my sore nipple and last week i made a batch of lactation cookies and so far have only increased 7 ounces (3-4 ozs per session). Is this ok? or am i just stressing so much about it? 

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 10:01pm

It seems as though every woman is different! You are definitely pumping often enough and I think it was wise to get a hospital grade pump. Are your sessions long enough? Twenty minutes? Have you tried taking any supplements like Fenugreek? You could also eat oatmeal for breakfast. Do you massage your breasts while pumping? That seems to empty your breasts completely, thus encourgaging production. For me, I usually get a second let-down at twenty minutes or even a few minutes after that. Just some thoughts! But keep up the good work, regardless! There was a time when I had just a few drops of milk in me. But gradually, using the above methods, my milk supply came back and is now plentiful. 

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Registered: 02-13-2014
Fri, 02-14-2014 - 1:07am
thank you for your reply! :) yes, i have tried all that you have said. I took Motherlove but i didn't think that helped at all or if it did, barely. so i stopped. And i would pump 15-20 minutes. sometimes i would pump longer like last night, i pumped for an hour and i got about 5 ounces. sometimes i would fall asleep pumping too. its not really power pumping since i dont take any breaks. is this a bad thing? I guess i can work on remembering to massage my breasts while pumping. I always forget to do it because i'm usually on my phone playing candy crush and by the time i remember its time to end pumping. And also, I notice I only have one stream of milk coming out from my nipple! that's probably why it takes so long for me to even pump 5 ounces. I heard a lot of moms say they have at least 2 or more streams. Is there anyone else that only have 1 stream but still able to pump more than 6 ozs in 15-20 mins? could this be another problem for me? i really need some help. my LC wasnt very encouraging at all. the last time i went to try to get help with BF, she basically told me its too late for me so i never came back. But I'm determined to EP and do it for a year. I'm scared that it wont happen just because my supply is not so great.
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Registered: 08-31-2013
Fri, 02-14-2014 - 3:25pm

Hello!  I have been exclusively pumping for 81/2 months now and my supply was low in the beginning too.  I started pumping 15-20 minutes 8x/day and got less than 5 oz per session.  I have read (and it was also true with me) that your supply is not fully established until 3 months, so you may see an increased in a month or so.  Mine increased around that time to 6-7 oz per session. Keep up the good work!

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Registered: 02-21-2014
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 10:52am

annabonapfel, don't let that LC discourage you! My babies were born 9 weeks premature and I had an LC who also made me feel like I wasn't going to make enough milk for twins. But I kept at it, and at 3 months, I was making close to 50oz/day, plenty for 2 babies. I know it is not easy to get in pumping sessions, but try and think of it as a marathon, and not a sprint. Every drop you make for your baby is precious and good! If you can manage to pump 8x/day for the next 6 weeks, and try and get 5-6 hours of sleep in a stretch, you will have established a good supply. You should be really proud of your commitment to give your baby breastmilk. Keep up the good work!