(Closed) More upset about this than I thought I would be…

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I would call your local La Leche League.  There are a lot of reasons your supply may be down.

Some things recommended to me when my supply wavered:

  • Pump all. the. time.  If you’re not feeding, you’re pumping.
  • If your baby sleeps through the night, you should still be waking up to pump.
  • Don’t stop pumping if the milk stops flowing.  Letting the pump run a little longer will trigger your system and tell it to make more milk.
  • Stress doesn’t help, so try not to stress.  (Yeah right.)
  • Try taking a long, hot, relaxing bath.  Get a massage.  Go watch a chick flick.  Do something good for yourself, by yourself to recharge.
  • Drink more fluids.  Your body can’t make something out of nothing!
  • Take vitamins/calcium supplements.

I get what you’re feeling because I definitely felt it too!  I ended up renting a hospital grade Medela Symphony for a month until I got back on track.  I got 75% more milk with that than my regular pump!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think what they recommend for pumping is to try to nurse first, and then keep pumping for 10-15 minutes extra (basically, try to trick your body into thinking that you have twins). You can also take fenugreek and some other herbs to stimulate milk production.

At six months, she’s also starting to be ready for solid foods (not exclusively, more for “fun”), so that might be another reason why she’s not nursing. Try nursing first, and then offering some pureed veggies or a spoonful of rice cereal afterwards.

http://www.alphamom.com/tag/advice-smackdown/ The lady who writes this column struggled with undersupply with her first infant, and has shared a lot about how to boost it. Plus she’s really nice & nonjudgemental, and funny too!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@dchokiebride3: oh man, that stinks and I am sorry you are going through it. Have you tried taking supplements lke fenugreek and mlik thistle? If not I would start taking those. I’d also start eating a bowl of oatmeal every morning and having a glass of dark beer at night or in the evening with dinner.. both of those are supposed to help boost supply. Also, just remember that when you pump you aren’t getting the same amount in the bottle that the baby is getting, so just because you pump and get 2 oz out doesn’t mean your supply is low necessarily. I would also do what @MightySapphire: is suggesting and pump after you nurse her to help increase your supply. I recently went back to work and I work rotating 12 hour shifts and I’ve been worried about my supply too and I’ve found that the supplements and the oatmeal and beer along with extra pumping sessions at home on my days off have helped me to maintain my supply despite a crazy schedule. Good luck! I hope you don’t have to give it up if you aren’t ready!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@dchokiebride3: ugh, I know. I despise oatmeal and beer is really not my thing, but I was like hey, if it increases my milk then I will eat just about anything. Yes, definitely stalking rags. i am working nights this week so I should be home tomorrow and I will snag one for you if they show up!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@dchokiebride3: Seriously take the supplements! I take fenugreek and blessed thistle as well as drinking mothers milk/nursing support tea. With the fenugreek and blessed thistle I took 2 pills each 3x a day at first and then once they built up in my system I take 2 pills each daily. If I feel like they aren’t doing the trick I just kick it up again for a few days. They helped my production so much! Like to the point of being engorged again (BTW is it weird that I find comfort in feeling engorged? It makes me feel like yea I know I have tons of milk). When I take the supplements my pumping output averages about 6oz per session.

I also continue to pump after the milk stops flowing, usually a full 10-15 minutes per pumping session. DS doesn’t sleep through the night consistently yet, but if I put him down by 9 and he isn’t up by 1:30, I pump. So I’ve been pumping at least once an evening (I try not to go more than ~5 hours at night). I was also told during my breastfeeding class that the baby always gets more than the pump, so you can pump first and then feed if your trying to build a stash because your baby can still get more. Best of luck!

@jubyju22: I want one too! I’m nervous I’m going to miss the stocking or they are going to sell out and I wont get any πŸ™ I need a medium olive lol! It’s hard to be plastered by your computer when you have a LO to take care of!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have heard of this before. Call your local hospital for their breast feeding specialists. This happened to me. It was sad but my sons pediatrition was sure that what he needed what the balence of formula because he wasnt getting enough breast milk. Keep that bonding time if you switch to a bottle. Hold it for them hold them tight just like you normally would. Im sorry your feeling sad. it will get better. 

Post # 10
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314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@dchokiebride3: I also forgot to say that I’d avoid giving her a bottle for a little while you try to increase your supply. 6 months can be a time of a growth spurt, so she might be acting fussy because she is trying to increase your supply and is growing?

@pansyshell: I know! I hate that about these stockings.. it’s hard to just be near your computer all the time. If I see the stocking come up I can message you and let you know. I want to try for a medium olive or I’d try to buy one for you too!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@dchokiebride3: I forgot to mention that the fenugreek may make you smell like maple syrup! It’s normal and if your Darling Husband complains tell him to make the milk for the baby himself πŸ™‚ (or in our case..that you could by buying hypoallergenic formula that cost $10+ more than the regular. That shut Darling Husband up real fast). 

@jubyju22: Ok! Thanks. I’ll let you know if I see it go up too. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Have you only been feeding one breast per nursing session?  That was my big mistake!  You are supposed to nurse both breasts EVERY session.

I also took all the supplements and teas and everything.  They helped a little bit, but the other changes made a huge difference.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@dchokiebride3: Is it getting better?  I hope so.  I was doing just fine myself until this week.  DS is 5-1/2 months and I was able to consistently pump about 5 oz per session (6 or 7 oz when taking Fenugreek) and all of a sudden I am struggling to get 2 oz, even with Fenugreek, hand expression during and after pumping, drinking ~200 oz of water a day, etc.  This afternoon I am going to rent one of the hospital grade pumps to see if that can help me get my supply back.  I started crying at work today when I couldn’t get more milk so I can sympathize with your feeling upset.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I loved the site: kellymom.com   My lactation consultant showed me the link and I have seen it all over the parenting websites.  It will help you troubleshoot anything!

Remember, it’s all supply and demand, so you will have enough.   You’re also probably emptying a lot quicker.  She could be going through a growth spurt or a “nursing strike.”

Best of luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I loved the site: kellymom.com   My lactation consultant showed me the link and I have seen it all over the parenting websites.  It will help you troubleshoot anything!

Remember, it’s all supply and demand, so you will have enough.   You’re also probably emptying a lot quicker.  She could be going through a growth spurt or a “nursing strike.”

Best of luck!

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