Re: Very low milk supply - pumping only
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry you're having a rough time. Hopefully your LO will be able to come home soon, and you'll get this pumping thing figured out! Here are some suggestions for increasing production and figuring out why you're not getting more:
1. Consider a different form of birth control. All hormonal contraception- including the mini-pill- has the potential to negatively impact supply.
2. Make sure you are using the absolute best pump possible, with correctly sized shields. I strongly suggest that any mom who is exclusively pumping use a hospital-grade rental pump.
3. Pump more often. Many moms make the mistake of not pumping frequently enough. A newborn generally nurses 8-12 times a day, so a mom who is pumping should replicate that sort of demand pattern using the pump. That means pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night, or even more frequently if possible.
4. Talk to your doctor or midwife about conditions that can cause supply problems. These conditions include hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, PCOS, and retained placenta. Thyroid issues are particularly common in postpartum women.
5. Call the local LCs, preferably the ones who are IBCLCs, and ask them if they take Tricare or will accept a reduced fee or a fee which is stretched out over a period of months. Most LCs get into the business because they like helping other moms, not because they want to rake in the cash.
6. Consider using Reglan or Domperidone, which are prescription drugs which can increase milk supply as a side-effect. Both have additional side-effects and are not appropriate for all mothers, so talk to your doctor or midwife before taking either one.
7. Kangaroo care: http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/
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