Not producing enough milk

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2010
Not producing enough milk
2
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 4:35pm

Hello!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 6:17pm

Welcome to the board!

If you use the search function or look through the "supply issues" section, you'll find lots of info about increasing supply.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-04-2009
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 6:48pm

Welcome! Congrats on your new baby.

The previous poster gave you great advice. Pumping more often (8-12 times a day for the first 12 weeks), making sure at least one of your pumps is between 1-5 am, and power pumping should help your supply a lot. Getting as much rest as possible, and trying to relax (especially during pumping) as much as possible also boost can work wonders for your supply. Eating well, staying hydrated, and taking prenatals are also important. If you have any history of anemia, taking an iron supplement will likely help. Making sure your breast shields are the right size also helps maximize production. Here are some links to other threads and websites that should give additional helpful info about pumping and increasing your supply:

Beginners Guide
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppexcluspump&msg=31119.68&ctx=0

Tips for Newbies
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppexcluspump&msg=32794.14&ctx=256

A video about increasing supply through massage/compression while pumping:
http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

Video about getting extra milk by hand expressing at the end: (it takes some experimentation, and several days of practice before you're likely to get much this way.)
http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html

A link to info about some foods that boost supply:
http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-diet.aspx

A link to info about increasing milk production. Scroll to the middle of the page for info specific to pumping:
http://breastfeeding.about.com/od/lactation/a/relactation.htm

If you have any questions about any of this, ask away!

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09