Need more milk

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2014
Need more milk
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Tue, 07-29-2014 - 10:18am

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!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 10:22pm

It sounds like you know what to do to increase your supply! I would recommend pumping at night, if you can! You do make the most milk in the early morning hours, around 4am. If you are not already using a hospital grade pump, I really recommend it! If you read the manuals for most double electric pumps, it says to not use if you are exclusively pumping! I rent a hospital grade pump and I really think it was a game changer for me. It increased and maintained my supply. It has a strong motor, is smooth, and designed for EPers! Also, do breast compressions (massage) to completely empty with pumping...thus your body will make more work! 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-18-2013
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 10:23pm

more *milk*

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-2014
Thu, 07-31-2014 - 6:28am
Where do you rent from? I EP for my 3 mo son and my ameda pump used to keep up with me, not any longer. I just bought a manual pump to hold me over until my replacement pump arrives and was so surprised at how much milk I pumped in 10 minutes. Of course now my hands hurt today from pumping!
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-05-2014
Fri, 09-05-2014 - 7:26am

Have you tried a "power pump"? There's different ways of doing it, but this is how I've done it in the past:

pump for 20 min, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, pump for 10

Some people will watch TV and take breaks during the commericals if you don't want to watch the clock. I found doing this in the evening after my LO was in bed a few nights in a row really boosted my supply.

Goood luck.