MAJOR SUPPLY PROBLEMS

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Registered: 12-12-2010
MAJOR SUPPLY PROBLEMS
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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 8:04pm

so my son was born on 9-11-10 and he doesn't live with me, and i only get to see him 2 times a week for 4 hours each time, and i want him fully breastfed, but its not happening, and he has just decided he was done nursing, but i still want to pump, but am not sure how to get my supplu up, anyone live in washington state and live off of food stamps? in king county? the reason why i am asking is because i don't have an income right now except for food stamps, so what i was wondering is, is if anyone has any ideas about what i can buy with food stamps that will boost my milk supply? this is my third child, nd i want to be able to do this, because this may be my last child. but at this pont i am luicky if i can even get an ounce to come out, i was getting like 2 -3 ounces out when the baby would nurse, but now its realy upsetting, because i want him so badly to be fully , or at least partially breastfed, and because he has stopped nursing, and all i could get was bare minimum, it has been like 2 days since i last pimped, what should i do to get the supply back and abundant?i need to know before i lose my whole chance

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-06-2003
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 10:22pm

Hi not sure if i'm the best person to give advice since i'm still struggling with my supply. I used to be able to produce 4-5 ounces at a time and then it came down to 1 ounce and now I'm slowly getting it back up. What really helps me is pumping as often as possible 8-10 times a day for at least 25 mins each time or 5 mins past the last drop.

Many people suggest a pum-ra-thon which is to pump for 20 mins take 10 mins break then another 10 on another 10 off and back another 10, if you can do this as often as possible i'm sure you supply will surely be slowly

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2010
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 11:23pm

Check out www.lowmilksupply.org for lots of well researched info about milk supply. The site is geared towards nursing but alot of the info translates to pumping.

It's still early enough that you can probably build your supply up by increasing your pumping sessions, pumping once between 1am and 5am, power pumping once or twice a day (10 min on, 10 off for at least an hour to mimic a cluster feeding infant) and making sure you are eating healthy and taking a prenatal vitamin.

Try not to focus on the number of ounces you are pumping right now, focus instead on the total number of minutes a day you are pumping or the number of pumps a day and trying to increase that number. Focusing on the ounces can be counter-productive at first because it can stress you out.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 5:33am
thanks so much i will take note of it and try it, all the info i can get helps
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-12-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 5:34am
thanks again this all really helps