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    Default Need a bit more milk

    Hey

    I just went back to work and I am pumping. My son is now taling the bottle so I am starting to see how much he actually takes during a day. I aim to get 12 oz a day based on his need for 1-1.5 oz per hour we are seperated.

    Today I got 11 oz. I am 1 oz short of my needs. I have a freezer stash to deal with tomorrow. I do compressions, smell a shirt of his, hand express after. I feel like I need a way to increase my supply just a little. I don't have a low supply, it is just the act of collecting X amount of ounces which is very different from nursing on demand.

    I pump right after he nurses in the am, then again before lunch, I nurse when I can at lunch cause he is close, then I pump 1 more time in the afternoon.

    There really isnt another time to pump in the day and I would rather not pump at night, I would rather nurse.

    Any suggestions. Should I take some fenugreek? I eat oatmeal everyday.

    any ideas??? Thank you!

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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    Erin - are you pumping on the weekend? If you pump during one of your regular times on the weekend - in addition to nursing on demand all day - you will up your supply during the week too. And give yourself some insurance.

    Or, are you already pumping on the weekend and not able to keep up?
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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    Don't forget - if you are nursing during lunch, then that takes away some of that 12 oz you need (or have you already included that)?

    I agree w/ Tracie - for peace of mind, you may want to pump once or twice a day on the weekends to build a little cushion.
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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    Hi
    I dont pump on the weekend and I was kind of trying to avoid it because I hate pumping so much. In the first am pump I get 3-4 oz so I would have an extra 6-8 oz. Ok, I need to suck it up and pump every day


    And when I do go for lunch I estimate I need 10 oz but I feel paranoid cutting it so close so I want a little more. The answer is the weekend.

    What does taking fenugreek do by the way? does it increase your supply a lot? like too much?
    Last edited by @llli*mtmama; June 7th, 2011 at 05:56 PM.

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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    did i mention i hate pumping?!?!

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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    Personally, I'd give it a a bit of time before freaking out or pumping on weekends. Now that you have to pump regularly, your body may make a little extra if you pump past the point where milk comes out for a few days while at work. That will tell your body at X pumping, make more milk. Does that make sense? Downside is that you'll have a little extra on the weekends and you might be a bit uncomfortable.

    I also want to say it may get better...your response to the pump may improve over time. You just started back. This is new. I had a horrible letdown to the pump -- it's still not great -- for some weeks to months, and I pump all the time. It's kind of a learned response.
    Susan
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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    I don't like pumping either. But you gotta do what you gotta do.
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    I don't like pumping either. But you gotta do what you gotta do.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: Need a bit more milk

    ok...i'll give it another week. thank you!

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