(Closed) Drop in Milk Supply! :(

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My supply dropped around that time too, and the LC I spoke with said it was normal and just my supply normalizing. I used to be able to pump up to 10 oz, but now that baby’s almost five months I get 4-5 oz a session (I pump at work 3x/day for 15 mins tops). This is perfectly fine for her though. I haven’t had to supplement at all, but my freezer stash also isn’t getting much bigger! But that’s also because I’m sick of pumping and don’t want to add any extra sessions.

I think I remember reading that the membranes should be replaced every other month or so. I’m thinking I need to replace mine about now, and I’ve used them for almost five months. 

Post # 17
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Helper bee

KKML125 :  my lactation consultant told me not to look, that it decreases the supply. I do think it helps.

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

IMO, you might be pumping too long. Can you pump more often but only ~25 minute sessions? I wouldn’t go more than 3 hours in between pumps, personally.

Do you look at pics/videos of your lo while you pump? and yes definitely try not to look at the bottles constantly.

Your LO shouldn’t really need to drink more milk as they get older. Your milk changes for their needs.

This was my approximate schedule when I pumped. I work 7-4 with a short commute.

6:30 nurse
10:00 pump (20-25 minutes)
1:00 nurse lo at daycare or pump at home
4:15ish nurse
7:00 nurse / bed time

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

try sesame snaps or activating sesame seeds by frying (no oil) and eating with a teaspoon of honey – I had soo much milk! I had to stop my LO from breastfeeding at 8.5 months because I wanted my sleep back but little did I know I would see no improvement until she was 2.5 hahahahaha

good luck bee, stay strong and if you can’t do it anymore, remind yourself that it’s ok! As long as bubba is being fed, you’re still going to be a great mum! x 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would pump for 15-20 minutes more frequently throughout the day.  I’m not sure what you do, but maybe Freemies at your desk would help because you can work while you pump or do power pumping sessions without having to stop working.  

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Also, maybe you could pump the side you don’t nurse on in the morning so that you are squeezing in the extra pump.  I used to get a lot doing that because baby helps stimulate a good letdown plus I seemed to have the most in the morning.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

is pumping for an hour a normal amount?  

 

I’m just curious.  I pump for 10 minutes max.

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