Hi, I'm new!

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Registered: 10-17-2013
Hi, I'm new!
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Thu, 10-17-2013 - 6:33pm

Hello everyone, my LO is 3 weeks old and it has been a struggle to get her on the breast. She latches but will not stay latched, so after a huge emotional roller coaster I decided to give her whatever I can pump and supplement with formula. My milk supply is really low (about 1 oz both breasts combined after a 15 min session). I cannot keep up with her. I have read some of the suggestions and will get on a more aggressive pumping schedule and pump at least once during the night. However, I keep hearing of power pumping but cannot find much info about it. Could someone explain what it is and what their experience has been with it? Thanks!

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Fri, 10-18-2013 - 9:56am
Hi there! I wanted to welcome you to the board! The ladies here are fantastic and are full of such wonderful information. I'm so glad you've found us! Welcome!

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 12:11pm

I am new too! I have heard that power pumping involves pumping frequently...like whenever you walk by the pump...five minutes here...ten minutes there. My understanding is that it is a way to increase your milk supply. While I have not tried it...I pump every 2 to 4 hours...I do take Mothers Milk tea, More Milk Plus supplement, eat a lot of oatmeal, and a dark beer most nights to try to maintain or increase my milk supply. My milk supply was nearly gone due to using a nipple shield and not knowing to pump while using it...and nipple shields can decrease your milk supply. My baby had a poor latch and lost a lot of weight. Now I pump exclusively and she is gaining. I hope to ge her back on the breast eventually... I hope all goes well for you! Any amount of breastmilk you can give your baby is a wonderful thing!

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Registered: 08-31-2013
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 6:18am

Hello!  I started exclusively pumping for my daughter a 2 weeks old due to latch problems and she is 4.5 months now.  I only produced around 2oz combined per pump in the beginning.  However, it is true that supply = demand and over time my milk supply increased.  For the first 12 weeks, I pumped 6-7x a day for 20 minutes at a time.  The hardest part is the sleep deprivation during that time, but it is survivable!!  By 3 months, I was producing over 30oz per day combined.  Then, I was able to drop a pump and get more sleep.

As for power pumping, I did not try it, but a coworker of mine did and it worked for her.  it is pump 10 minutes, rest 10 minutes, pump 10 minutes, etc for an hour.  You are supposed to do that once a day.  I have also found that kellymom.com has a lot of useful information.  Here is the link to a section that might help you. http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/pumping_decrease/. 

Good luck!

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Registered: 10-17-2013
Mon, 10-21-2013 - 10:31pm

Thanks a lot! It helps to hear success stories! The sleep deprivation is definitely killer. I am also finding it difficult to pump in the mornings since my baby girl wakes up at around 8am and often goes for a super long stretch (noon or 2 pm) before sleeping at all and she is very fussy so I cannot set her down. She is getting a little better and I can sneak in one pump in that period but ideally I would be pumping 2-4 times instead.

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Registered: 11-15-2013
Fri, 11-15-2013 - 4:02pm

I'm new here, too. My boy was born 10/11, I started pumping about day 4 or 5 (it's all a blur now!) bc his bilirubin levels were high and he wasnt nursing well. Today (11/15) he is 5wks and I consistently get appx 1oz per hr/24oz in a day. However, the past two days he's been eating so much more I've delved into my freezer stash. I'm wondering if it's a growth spurt and he'll go back to 20-24oz per day rather than about 27. Anyone experience this?

Im trying to increase supply by eating oatmeal, massaging while pumping and having more kangaroo time. Increasing # of pumps (currently 8-9/day) is exhausting for me. Any suggestions or feedback?

thanks!

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Registered: 10-18-2013
Sat, 11-23-2013 - 9:32pm

I do think a growth spurt is common at around six weeks. But every baby is different. My baby girl has always eaten more ounces than "average." It sounds like you are doing everything right. Drink plenty of water and perhaps an occasional dark beer. I also use More Milk Plus capsules by Motherlove which you can order online and I drink Mothers Milk tea. Keep up the good work! You are a devoted Mom to work so hard to give your baby breastmilk!