Losing supply on one side?

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Registered: 04-04-2010
Losing supply on one side?
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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 5:23pm

Hi everyone! I'm 8 weeks pp now and pump 7x a day. Suddenly I'm having trouble with my left breast. It's never been a big producer (right side always produces 2x as much) but the past couple of days I can barely squeeze an ounce out of her! The right side makes up for it - producing sometimes 4 oz., but still - what's going on? I'm already pumping 30-40 min sessions b/c it takes forever for my breasts to empty. I don't know what else to do. I used to get 2-3 oz out of her....

Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 01-19-2011
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 5:38pm
i've had the same problem with one of my girls. same thing one under achiever and one over achiever. then one day a little while ago my under achiever seemed to be wanting to throw in the towel completely! and so i started taking the recommended dose of fenugreek and allowing her to have some one on one time with mr pump. ( throw in some pumping marathons on just that side. take an hour or so in addition to your regular pumpings. i do it after the over achiever is done. 10min on 10 min off.)
do the oatmeal thing. (eat real oatmeal not the quick stuff.) and indulge in a little extra carbs and fat.
i'm still working on getting my supply improved. but i noticed a diffrence by about the 3rd day into my efforts. i've pumped up to 3 hours though. but i only pump 3 times a day. because longer stretches of time and less frequent pumps for some reason means more milk for me.

i hope that helps. check out the beginners guide thing they have here in the roll call section too.

hang in and good luck!
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Registered: 04-04-2010
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 11:11am

Thank you for your help. I had pizza last night, so that should cover the carbs and fat! LOL Trying to give lazy lefty a little more time but with two kids it's hard. I'm about ready to throw in the towel all together, but going to try and make it till the 12 week mark. Maybe things will get easier....

Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 2:06pm

I'm glad it's getting a little better.

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Registered: 04-04-2010
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 8:06pm

I'm barely getting an ounce out of her today. :( As much as I dislike pumping, this is making me very sad. Probably not helping the situation!

Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 01-19-2011
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 11:52pm

i know it's tough. i have three older children as well. i'm starting to wonder f i can make it for the long haul. i'm at about 3 months now. i'd love to make it to 6 at least. but i also am starting to feel my resolve slip away. i'm sticking in another day at least. good luck!