(Closed) Did renting a hospital grade pump really help your supply?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@pansyshell: I haven’t had my baby yet so I don’t know. I heard last night on Tia and Tamara’s reality show that Tia’s husband sucked her breast to increase her flow. I don’t know if they were joking or not. 

I have also found this link about breast flow: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/breastfeeding/faq%E2%80%99s-about-milk-supply-and-breastfeeding-challenges/increasing-your-milk

This website has some great tips too: http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-LMS.aspx

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Maybe your supply is just regulating? How much are you getting total a day? Is it enough to feed your child?

10 oz a session is a lot, defiantly more than average. 4oz seems much more typical. I can get 10oz during my first pump, but after that it’s closer to 4-5 oz, and it’s more than enough to feed my son.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

4oz per session is actually pretty good but if you are used to double that, then I can totally see why you are concerned.  Is it possibly due to stress of your upcoming procedure that may be affecting your supply? 

Regardless of the reason, I rented (and am still renting) a hospital grade pump after my supply dropped drastically a couple months ago.  I would say it helps, but not necessarily enough to get my supply back where it was by itself.  I also used glactagogues (which I recognize you can’t use for dietary reasons) and increased the number of pumping sessions per day.  It was also partly a mental thing – I had to come to terms that if I wasn’t able to get enough milk for DS’s bottles at school each day, then that was okay.  I would keep pumping and get as much as possible and still be able to nurse him when I was with him that had to be enough.  The combination of the three is what helped me most.

I did pump for the first time in almost 3 months with my PISA last night (I had left the Symphony at work) and it did take a lot longer to get the milk out, but I was still able to get my usual volume.  This is my long rambling way of saying it wouldn’t hurt to try it for a month and see what happens but that it is also a mental thing, at least in my experience.

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