Post # 1
I recently have noticed a HUGE dipe in my supply for no explainable reason and am thinking that I might need to rent a hospital grade pump. I went from pumping about 8-10 oz/session to barely getting 4 oz/session and it is really upsetting to me! I have not changed a thing in my daily routine, am keeping up with fluids, eating oatmeal, etc. and for some unexplainable reason this is happening. I am scheduled for a colonoscopy/endoscopy on Thursday and while after contacting LLLI they said I should be fine with my supply, I’m really starting to worry since I am already experiencing trouble.
I was thinking about renting a hospital grade pump to boost my supply and to start using right after the testing is complete on Thursday (I cannot take fenugreek or mothermilk/nuring support tea because of DS’s food allergies/intolerences and my thyriod condition). Thoughts? Did the hospital grade pump help you?
ETA: The only thing I can think of is that DS started cutting a tooth last week and a few days after we noticed his tooth my supply started to dipe. Not sure if that has something to do with it, but he still takes a 6 oz bottle and wants to nurse/suck all the time.
Post # 3
@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
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
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.
Post # 6
@trugem: Thanks for the links. That is too funny about Tia.
@knittybynature: Possibly. DS is 23.5 weeks, but I hope my output increases again. Yes it is more than enough to feed my son. He only gets a 6 oz bottle ~4x a week, but I love being able to freeze a bunch daily.
@Pelikila: Thanks for sharing your experience. That is true. I could subconsciously be stressing over tomorrow. I also think his teething might have something to do with it. Last week he hardly nursed, but now he acts like he is starving all the time. Both his bottom teeth have now cut the surface, so may be that is another reason? I fully understand that those outputs are much larger than the average, but it is a sort of mental thing when you all of a sudden see less. I’m going to see how things go over the next week with added nursing/pumping session and then I might rent a pump for a month or so.