4 weeks of pumping and still need to supplament with formula

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2011
4 weeks of pumping and still need to supplament with formula
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 1:04pm

I pump 10 times per day for 30 minutes at a time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2011
I still only get 22 - 25 oz per day even though I pump for 5 hours in a 24 hour period. My baby is almost 5 weeks old.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2006
There are lots of things you can do or take to try and increase your supply. Have a look at the beginner's guide in the top folder for suggestions. Your supply should keep increasing over the next few weeks.

5 hours a day seems excessive to me. The general rule is to pump for 120 minutes a day (2 hours), so 5 hours might actually be hurting your supply because it is causing you stress. If you're still pumping 10 times a day, I would reduce the pumping time to 10-15 minutes each time.




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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010

Yikes, 5hrs a day, you poor thing!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-19-2010

OMG 10 hours !

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2011

Thanks for the reply.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2011

I forgot to say that I use the Medela Symphony (rented from the hospital) so I'm pretty sure it is working correctly.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010

I would think you would be fine at 8x--most people try to stick to 8x in their first 12 weeks (some do more as well, but many strive for 8)

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