Supply cut in half after 5weeks

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Registered: 04-04-2010
Supply cut in half after 5weeks
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 2:34pm

Hi Everyone! I have been EPing for 5 weeks now and I give you experienced women MAJOR credit b/c I HATE every second of it and can't wait till it's over. I will be lucky if I make it 6 months. Anyway, I was getting a TON of milk, approximately 6-8 oz. per pump up until about the last week. I have a ton frozen, which is great, but I'm not sure why my milk has seemed to drop in half. I still get a good amount in the middle of the night and morning, but come afternoon/evening it's down to 3-5 oz. per pump. What's going on? I pump every 2-3 hours. I do go a little longer at night, but I can't help it. I'm too tired and there's no way I can force myself to get up more often. I'm already cranky enough as it is. I just replaced my pump parts b/c I read somewhere it could be that they warp and could result in loss of suction. Trying to drink a lot of water. I'm majorly stressed, and I know that could be a reason too. Help?!

Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 01-14-2011 - 10:28am

I noticed that no one has replied to you yet--I wish I had answers for you!

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Registered: 04-04-2010
Fri, 01-14-2011 - 4:37pm
Thank you so much for replying to me! I saw my midwife today who said I may need to lengthen the time I pump. Maybe for 30 mins instead of 20. What do you think? It overwhelmed me to think I have to spend even MORE time pumping! LOL Would it be possible to go 3-4 hours between pumps but make the pump sessions longer? Congrats for getting so far! One day our babies will thank us! Oh, and yes, I'm hands free. Pumping as I type this! It's a lifesaver!
Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 01-14-2011 - 6:39pm

If I were you, I'd go ahead and try lengthening your pump time to see if it helps.

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Registered: 12-09-2010
Fri, 01-14-2011 - 11:48pm
I want to second a few things others have said:

- don't worry about scheduling and keeping an even amount of time between pumps, just try to keep to the same number of pumps in a day.

- definitely keep up going longer at night between pumps. Even if you just get one longer chunk of sleep it will likely be a saving grace and can help your body rest and produce.

- pump for longer every other pump or so at first to see if you get another letdown without stressing your breasts...get them gradually used to more time and higher suction does not always mean more milk, sometimes it can have the opposite effect so keep the suction low. If you find you get another letdown with a decent amount of output (don't expect it to be like your initial letdown FYI), then it's worth working unto doing the extra minutes at every pump. It also could indicate that you weren't fully emptying before, and by emptying and continuing to pump an extra couple of minutes you can give your body the message that the supply isn't meeting the demand and trigger more production.

- this may not work for you but I found that when I went longer and longer between pumps I produced more overall in a day. If you feel up to it you might want to think about gradually extending time between pumps and see what happens, but it is risky business.

Either way, I sure hope it works out for you! I think water and rest are what make the biggest difference for me.
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Sat, 01-15-2011 - 9:29am

Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sat, 01-15-2011 - 11:41am

I agree!

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