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    Unhappy Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    Hi there, my LO is 4 mo, and I don't seem to be producing enough milk, from the beginning he had issues and stayed in the hospital for about a week and was fed formula, when I took him home I tried to brastfeedhim but my milk never came, I took domperidone and sulpiride and my milk supply increased a little but not enough to BF exclusively, I'm back to work now and I want to pump milk but I get less than 1oz each time, I bought 6 (yes, 6!) pumps and it's not working for me... I don't want to give up BF! Any advice?

    A typical day goes:

    7am- BF
    8am- drop LO at grandparents' where he has 4oz of formula every 3 hrs.
    1pm- pump about 1 oz at work
    6pm- BF
    9pm- BF + formula
    11pm- pump about 1/2 oz
    4am- DH feeds him formula


    Appreciate any advice!


    Carla

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    Default Re: Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    What pump are you using? Have you changed the membranes, etc?

    Are you nursing on demand at home and not supplementing? Is the formula just when he is with his grandparents?

    Are you nursing at night?

    Have you been sized for horn size? Having the wrong size can dramatically decrease your supply.

    Are you still in domperidone?
    Susan
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    Default Re: Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    If you could BF through the night and all day on the weekends, that will probably do wonders for your supply. I know waking up stinks but if you cosleep it isn't so bad.

    And increasing the number of times you pump at work will help. The best way to tell your body to make more milk is to remove it as often as you can.

    I was able to go from nearly nothing to being able to feed my son only bm eventually. It was so worth it! You can do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*katia11 View Post
    If you could BF through the night and all day on the weekends, that will probably do wonders for your supply. I know waking up stinks but if you cosleep it isn't so bad.

    And increasing the number of times you pump at work will help. The best way to tell your body to make more milk is to remove it as often as you can.

    I was able to go from nearly nothing to being able to feed my son only bm eventually. It was so worth it! You can do it!
    Katia did it...
    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: Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    pump more often at work. I work 8:30-5ish & I pump 3 times every workday. You may not get much out at first but I bet it won't take long before you get more at each session. I bet you could eventually replace one of the formula bottles with EBM Also doing compressions will probably help.

    When you are home with your son (on weekends or days off), how often does he nurse? The more he nurses (even if it's just comfort nursing), that will stimulate your body to produce more.

    Good luck! You can do it!
    DD, 7-2-2011, "Little Owl" nursed for 21 months

    DS, 10-10-2013, "Mr. Man" EBF and going strong

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    Katia did it...
    Thanks!

    You have no idea how long it took for me to realize that removal drives milk production. Like, I understood calculus quicker. lol.

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    Default Re: Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    Great advice! thanks to all, all your comments are very encouraging, really don't want to give up on breastfeedng.
    So looks like the first thing to do is to pump more often at work. As I mentioned, I own 6 pumps (3 types of Italian Chicco, 1 electric Nuby, a manual Avent and the last one is an unknown Brazilian brand) the Avent one seems to be working better for me.
    I do not bf at night, that's my husband's shift :P
    I really try to nurse more often over the weekend, it still doesn't satisfy his need for milk and I have to supplement with formula, but at least there's much more comfort nursing during the weekends, it's good to know that that could also help.

    Carla

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    Agree with what everyone else has said. If you want to increase your milk start nursing at night and whenever you are with him. Even if it means very often at first as it will take a bit to increase your milk. And pump as often as you would be feeding him if you were with him. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Pumping less than 1oz, desperate!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*etcetera View Post
    Great advice! thanks to all, all your comments are very encouraging, really don't want to give up on breastfeedng.
    So looks like the first thing to do is to pump more often at work. As I mentioned, I own 6 pumps (3 types of Italian Chicco, 1 electric Nuby, a manual Avent and the last one is an unknown Brazilian brand) the Avent one seems to be working better for me.
    I do not bf at night, that's my husband's shift :P
    I really try to nurse more often over the weekend, it still doesn't satisfy his need for milk and I have to supplement with formula, but at least there's much more comfort nursing during the weekends, it's good to know that that could also help.

    Carla
    Unfortunately, you will need to pump and/or nurse at night if you are truly serious about building your milk supply. The reason is that your milk making hormones peak between midnight and 5 AM. If you pump or nurse during this time, it pushes those hormones higher, which improves milk supply over time. Nursing is easier than getting up to pump. Just lay down with baby and let him nurse. He might be there all night, but if you do that for some days, it helps your supply.

    I would suggest also seeing if you can get a hospital grade pump. I know the pump you ae talking about, and it is a good pump, but it is tiring to pump every few hours, one side at a time, with an Avent. If you have a hospital grade pump, it can more effectively remove milk while you also do compressions at one time, making it easier to sit and pump for 15-20 minutes every few hours that you are away from baby.

    Nurse as much as possible. Just let baby nurse. That drives your supply too.

    There is a link on how to wean off formula
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
    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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