is my supply ok?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2010
is my supply ok?
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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 2:42pm

ok, im new here and i have a question about my supply...

i have been eping since about 6wks pp. i built up my supply and was comfortable with it. at one point i had about 8days worth of fresh milk in the fridge, so i started freezing it. i have about 100-150oz frozen milk now. i dropped my motn pump at about 12wks pp when i went back to work, but my supply was still ok. recently, in the past coupe of weeks i went from 7-8 pumps/day. now i have no fridge supply. i am basically making tonight and tomorrows bottles with todays milk. i have that freezwe stash, but thinking about having to dip into that makes me nervous...i see all these posts about ppl pumping 3,4,5 times a day. and i wonder how? right now im making about 26(guesstimate) oz per day. she drinks about 25-30...should i add that 7th or 8th pump back in? also started taking fenugreek again...anything else!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2010
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 1:09am

You may need to add or lengthen a pump session to increase your supply. Many women will notice supply decreases as they drop pumps. It depends on your body and the storage capacity of your breasts. Storage capacity has nothing to do with size, it has to do with the number of milk ducts. Over time, milk ducts will start to shrink and dry up as you get further post partum and storage capacity will decrease naturally.

You can try to drop pumps again when you are satisfied that your supply is back up. You may need to drop the pump slower to prevent a supply drop. Everyone is different so it may not be possible for you to decrease pumps without decreasing supply. If you go slowly, you might find it affects supply less dramatically.

Good luck!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2010
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 7:19am

thank you for responding, after re-reading my post, i realized it made no sense. essentially, i went from 7 or 8 pumps a day to 6, and noticed a drop in my supply. i also just added solid foods at about 6months, so i think my fridge stock decreased because she was drinking more milk (now that shes eating more food, she will take less milk, and therefore my stock will increase again). i am 8mo pp and still going, but lately ive been wondering how and when i start dropping pumps and slowly decreasing my pumps so i can time it right so that i am done at 12-15mo. i read all these posts about people pumping 3-5 times a day and wonder how they do it and still have a supply, and how they got there without loosing their supply. luckily, i can take 30 min pump breaks every 2-3 hours at work, so it's not an issue of time, just something im curious about.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-14-2010
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 11:51am
I think I answered your post in some other place:)) I didn't realize you are that far into EPing though...as pp mentioned everyone is different and some moms loose more supply when dropping pumps. I don't think I pumped 7-8 times for longer then maybe first couple of weeks. At 12 weeks I was mostly at 6 pumps for awhile ( just pumped every time my son ate). Then at 4 months pp I found this board and found out that I could actually drop pumping sessions. So I started dropping slowly, giving it about a month for my supply to stabilize between pumps. I always added some time from my dropped pumps to the remaining and made sure I was completely empty after each session. At 6 months I dropped to 4 pumps and then stayed there till probably 11 months. Now I am at 3 for about 2 months. I still make a little more then my son eats ( my supply peaked at about 60 oz's at 6 pumps). So it is very personal how your supply works. I did loose some supply every time I dropped pumps, but it was pretty high to begin with, so I was fine...but I would think you should be ok dropping some pumps at 8 months. I mean even when babies breastfeed I don't think they really eat that often at that age...
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2010
Wed, 12-29-2010 - 11:42am

so, if i want to drop a pump, do i space all the other pumps equally, essentially just going longer in between pumps? also, if i drop a pump, do i have to extend the length of all of the other pumps? when i tried to drop the pump a couple weeks ago, i literally just dropped it without rearranging any of my other pumps, maybe that's why it affected my supply? i'm just so nervous that i will lose my supply if i start dropping pumps,

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010
Wed, 12-29-2010 - 12:48pm

Dropping pumps affects everyone differently.

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