Low supply

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-25-2014
Low supply
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Fri, 04-25-2014 - 8:18am

Hi im having issues with my daughter at 4 weeks.. When I pump I'm only producing about 1 oz total. Mostly on the right side and very little from the left breast (maybe 10-20ml). i pump 3-4 times a day. I am taking mothers milk.. fenugreek tea.. And oatmeal cookies. Has this happened to anyone else and were they able to bring up supply?  At birth we had issues of latching on so I used this medela nipple shield to nurse her.. Not sure if that hindered my production, but now I am trying to exclusively pump and I don't know if the supply will increase or if it's worth continuing.  We supplement each feed with formula. Any suggestions would be really helpful!

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Registered: 06-26-2014
In reply to: pumpmommy
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 7:43pm

My son is almost 2 weeks old. I too have similar issues.  I pump 7 times a day and try to shoot for 8 times if I can fight sleeping through one of my sessions in the middle of the night! My left breast can produce anywhere from 0.5-1ounce and my right breast just drops. I did have to switch pumps because I found out my old pump was too small for my right breast and it caused trauma and madeot bleed tremendously. I feel like maybe that had something to do w my right breast decreasing its original output of 0.5 ounce before the bleeding to the droplets im getting now. Im going to try mothers milk tea to boost my milk supply more and work harder to get 8 pumping sessions a day. Dont worry you are not alone! 

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Registered: 10-18-2013
In reply to: Devi628
Wed, 05-07-2014 - 4:07pm

I too, used a nipple shield when I was attempting traditional breastfeeding and it really decreased my milk supply! Nipple shields, in addition to making breastfeeding more comfortable for mom if baby has a poor latch, are also used for women with oversupply/too fast of milk let-downs. So yes, they can decrease your milk supply quickly! There is a reason they should only be used under close supervision of a lactation CONSULTANT, not just someone who is lactation trained. I was given one by a nurse who meant well...but was lactation trained, not a consultant. Before I knew it, my baby was badly dehydrated and I hardly had a drop of milk in me! With pumping, my milk supply came back! So it is possible to increase your supply, that is for sure! 

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Registered: 08-31-2013
In reply to: epingmomma
Wed, 04-30-2014 - 1:37pm

Hello!  Pumping is definitely a supply vs. demand situation.  The more you pump, the more your body thinks it needs to produce milk.  Everything I have read says to pump for 15-20 minutes at least 8 times per day (every 3 hours) for the first 3 months until your supply is established.  Which is the pits for sleeping...when I hit the 3 month mark, I stretched my sessions to every four hours for more shut eye.  I have been pumping for 11 months and I had really low output as well in the beginning, but it did increase over time!  If you can, I highly recommend adding more pumping sessions to your day.  Good luck!! :)

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Registered: 05-18-2011
In reply to: Devi628
Sun, 04-27-2014 - 8:29pm

I agree that you should be pumping 8-12 times per day. I would start with 10 times per day and see how it goes, pumping for 15 minutes each time. What kind of a pump are you using? 

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Registered: 02-13-2014
In reply to: Devi628
Fri, 04-25-2014 - 9:15am
at this stage, it would be really helpful to pump 8-12 times a day every 2-3 hours even if you have a very low output. i started out with a very low supply too and didnt establish until 8-9 weeks. i thought i was never gonna be able to produce 4 ozs a session. 4 ozs a session is still not a lot but im happy with it and im able to build a stash of frozen milk already. exclusively pumping is hard. its inconvinient, isolating, and time consuming so you have to be determined if you really wanna do this. But, the outcome is sooo worth it! and it does get easier as your baby gets older since you'll be able to start dropping pumps. but right now, at least 8 x a day is the most recommended. get a hospital grade pump or a good professional grade one like the medela PISA. i ate a lot of lactation cookies too along with this supplement called motherlove mother's milk plus. i have been exclusively pumping for 4 mos already and im planning on doing this as long as i can. its also helpful to join an EP forum like this one and i joined another one in babycenter. its called the exclusive pumpers. you get replies quicker there than here in ivillage lol it keeps my sanity knowing that someone else knows and understands how i feel. i personally dont now anyone who is Eping in real life. but. oh well. dont lose hope! you're not the only who's been through this and like what ive said, it will all be worth it because all your sleepless nights and exhausting days are temporary compared to the benefits of your breastmilk for your baby that'll last his lifetime! =) goodluck!
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-13-2014
In reply to: Devi628
Fri, 04-25-2014 - 9:15am
at this stage, it would be really helpful to pump 8-12 times a day every 2-3 hours even if you have a very low output. i started out with a very low supply too and didnt establish until 8-9 weeks. i thought i was never gonna be able to produce 4 ozs a session. 4 ozs a session is still not a lot but im happy with it and im able to build a stash of frozen milk already. exclusively pumping is hard. its inconvinient, isolating, and time consuming so you have to be determined if you really wanna do this. But, the outcome is sooo worth it! and it does get easier as your baby gets older since you'll be able to start dropping pumps. but right now, at least 8 x a day is the most recommended. get a hospital grade pump or a good professional grade one like the medela PISA. i ate a lot of lactation cookies too along with this supplement called motherlove mother's milk plus. i have been exclusively pumping for 4 mos already and im planning on doing this as long as i can. its also helpful to join an EP forum like this one and i joined another one in babycenter. its called the exclusive pumpers. you get replies quicker there than here in ivillage lol it keeps my sanity knowing that someone else knows and understands how i feel. i personally dont now anyone who is Eping in real life. but. oh well. dont lose hope! you're not the only who's been through this and like what ive said, it will all be worth it because all your sleepless nights and exhausting days are temporary compared to the benefits of your breastmilk for your baby that'll last his lifetime! =) goodluck!