Re: Decreasing Supply
What you're experiencing is pretty common for a mom who must pump a lot of the time. When mom can nurse exclusively, she can rely on her baby to maintain her supply at the right level by nursing more often and draining the breast more completely when he needs more milk. When she must pump, she needs to mimic that sort of feeding pattern using the pump. Here are some things which should help you produce more milk:
1. Pump more often. Every 3-4 hours during the workday might not be enough. And now that your baby is sleeping longer at night you might want to add some sessions in during the evening.
2. Pump for longer. If you've been pumping 20 minutes, you might want to pump for 20.
3. Make sure your pump in tip-top shape, and that you have the correct shield size to ensure maximum stimulation.
4. Use a better pump: a hospital-grade rental might give you an output boost.
5. Review your contraception choices: for some moms, hormonal contraception can put a damper on supply.
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