Need More Milk

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Registered: 07-29-2014
Need More Milk
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 10:17am

I just recently had to switch from exclusively breastfeeding (I was pumping twice a day at work and going over to his daycare center to BF at lunch) to exclusively pumping. My LO, who is 15 weeks old, was having trouble gaining weight. He wasn't losing it but just couldn't gain. We did a formula trial and he did gain weight so we ruled out him being the problem, we did a breast milk in the bottle trial and he gained even MORE weight so we ruled out my milk being the problem, and finally we did a BF trial and he didn't lose but didn't gain anything. So, I would love for him to have my milk since he does even better on that then formula BUT my supply stinks. I know it's from all the time that was spent with the inadequate BFing, but I also know that there is potential for my supply to increase. I am currently pumping every 3 hours except at night (my last pump is at 2100 and then not again until 0600 - after researching I'm considering sucking it up and pumping when feed him in the middle of the night), eating oatmeal, drinking mother's milk tea, trying to get as much sleep as possible, and even have 4oz of dark beer on occasion. My supply isn't horrible but it's not up to his demands of 4oz per bottle (28oz a day) and I'm almost out of all the extra milk I have in my freezer. 

I've come this far and don't want to give up now or have to start supplementing with formula yet. Thank you in advance for your help!