(Closed) Drop in Milk Supply! :(

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I really hope some other bees can weight in with good news, but I’ll share my story.

I returned to work when my son was 18 weeks. Pumped 3x/day for around 30 minutes (until I was dry). My supply started dropping, and it got to the point where I couldn’t pump enough to fill his bottles for the next day of daycare. I started dipping into my freezer stash to suppliment, but that started running low too.

I tried everything, tea, cookies, capsules, night pumping. I was exhausted and smelled like maple syrup for months.

I started sending 50% breastmilk bottles to school and 50% formula, with instructions to try to not give him the last formula bottles in the afternoon so I could nurse him when I got there.

Eventually, my supply kept dropping where I was only getting 1 bottle worth of milk each day after 3 pumping sessions.

So I stopped. It was just time. He was 6 months old and I’m glad I got as much time as I could, but it was becoming so stressful and emotional and I was feeling like a failure, when in actuality, I was balancing being a monther and an employee and I was very fulfilled in both roles.

It was the best thing I could have done for my mental health. Any my son is now 3 and absolutely amazing, bright, and healthy, so I can’t say there were any adverse affects.

You just sound so stessed and so much like I did and I want you to know that it’s ok.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oatmeal, fenugreek and tons of water. How many oz is she drinking during the day? Our biggest issue when I went back to work was daycare over feeding my son. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Tons of water and pumping frequently is what I’d recommend!  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Are you eating frequently enough and getting enough water at work? I would start there. Also, that’s a really long time to pump for…. do you have multiple letdowns or do you have milk flowing that whole time?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

How many ounces is your daughter drinking while you’re at work? You want to aim for 1-1.5 ounces per hours of separation so you may not need as much milk as you think! Have you checked your pump membranes etc and are you using a good double electric pump? Encouraging baby to feed in the early hours of the morning can also help as this is when your prolactin levels are highest and will encourage your supply.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Your body may also be reverse producing  (producing more during the evening since it knows thats when baby takes it.) Also is it possible to pump for less  time but more often at work? I find that helps since the longer you stay full, the more likely you body gets the signal that less milk is needed.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

I would try pumping on one side at night while she nurses on the other.  Babies are a lot more effieicent at getting milk out than a pump.  She’s probably making up for some of that when she nurses at night.  

Do you nurse her in the morning before work?  I’d try pumping the other side during that time also.  

Make sure you are eating and drinking enough.  

I think you are pumping too long.  45 minutes is way too long.  I’d try 15 mintues and try more often pump sessions.  See the article I linked in the next post.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You could try power pumping.. it didn’t work for me but have heard it does for others! My supply also gradually dropped (I exclusively pumped for 6 months, 4 of those while at work.) I noticed when I drank a ton of water I got a better supply, I also tried homemade lactation cookies, which I think helped but it required eating a lot of cookies that I got sick of, and was counter-productive to trying to lose the baby weight. Best of luck, it’s tough being a pumping working mom!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

What kind of pump are you using?  

Post # 13
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Helper bee

KKML125 :  I pump twice while at work for 30-45 minutes. I just keep the pump running and keep working. That has been effective for me. I manage to pump only what the baby needs and nothing more. I am very consistent about it and it took about a month after I came back to work to acheive this. I drink a lot water and make sure I get enough calories.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

KKML125 :  Also, do not watch or check on the amount you are pumping while you are pumping! When I do that, it decreases my supplu. But that is partially why I pump for so long, I simply loose track of time and forget.

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