Post # 16
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
KKML125 : my lactation consultant told me not to look, that it decreases the supply. I do think it helps.
Post # 18
Update: I have been working fiercely around the clock all weekend and the past couple days to get my milk supply kickstarted. With the help of the Mother’s Milk organic tea and Motherlove More Milk Special Blend capsules, as well as nursing my daughter as much as I can, minus the time I’m at work, I have started to see an increase…not a lot, but an increase, in my supply!! I’m really hoping I can stay this way…it’s definitely exhausting, but I’m determined!!
Thanks again Bees! 😀
Post # 19
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.
10:00 pump (20-25 minutes)
1:00 nurse lo at daycare or pump at home
7:00 nurse / bed time
Post # 20
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
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
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
is pumping for an hour a normal amount?
I’m just curious. I pump for 10 minutes max.
Post # 24
Hey Bees!!! Thanks for all the info and help! I did finally get in with a LC at our local hospital on Wednesday…but what a joke that was!! She was nice, but had that “I know everything” attitude, which turned me off from the get go. She seriously Googled just about everything she was telling me during our consult and tried to tell me that my daughter was on the chunky side for her age & weight. Um…no, no she’s not! She’s in the 10-25th percentile for her age & weight, so she’s on the smaller side. Nevermind the fact that the consultant made a comment about her still being in size 1 diapers at the beginning of the consult…she was surprised she still was! She’s right around 11.8 lbs for 3 months, so on the smaller side, but not “deathly” small. Her doctor is pleased with her weight, as she was born about 3 weeks early, so I’m not concerned with that.
There were other things that she told me that I didn’t agree with. I told her I had seen a decent improvement in my supply from the Motherlove pills I’ve been taking and the tea I’ve been drinking. She told me to stop taking the pills & drinking the tea. Instead, she told me to eat 3-5 lactation cookies an hour before each time I pump throughout the day at work…and she wants me to pump 4 times per day, while at work! That’s 12-20 cookies in a day!!!! What??? Additionally, she encouraged me to look into a bigger nipple shield…I have 24mm. It’s worked fine for me & for my daughter so far. I looked all over for a 27 or 30mm nipple shield, only to find that the only sizes they make is 16, 20, & 24 mm! As a LC, shouldn’t she know that?
I did learn 2-3 things, that I could have learned on my own & had been told by yall:
1. Pump shorter time-which yall had told me & I was starting to do
2. Bigger flanges, which I had JUST ordered the next size up-on my own opinion/feeling that I should have a bigger flange.
3. Take just a fenugreek supplement, which I was going to look into that IF the Motherlove pills wouldn’t/didn’t work, but for now, they are!
So a BIG thanks to YALL for being my “LC” on here, haha! I learned more from yall than I did in that appointment with her!! So frustrating, but makes me appreciate the Wedding Bee forums and the members here, even more!!