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  1. #1
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    May 2013
    North Carolina

    Default Exclusively pumping- need help increasing supply

    Hi Everyone-

    I was breastfeeding but with my sons tongue tie and his inability to suck enough to transfer milk we have moved to bottle feeding and pumping while we work through his suck training and tongue tie issues.

    Having him at the breast was a struggle- he would cry and would come off hungry after every single feed no matter how long he was there.

    I am trying to pump 10 times a day but realistically taking care of a 4 week old I am only getting in 8-9 pumping sessions a day on a weekend. I am not sure how the week is going to go. I feel like I have more of a relationship with my pump than I do my son at this point.

    Anyway, how can I increase my supply? I am taking fenugreek and malanguay.

    Anyone out there with experience? How long so I have to pump this often?

    Other facts, ill start it with about 100- 130ml in the am pumping sessions but afternoons and evening only produce 60-30ml which is not enough to sustain my little man so we are using supplementing with formula because the baby needs to eat.

    This is such a pain and breastfeeding is so much easier i am so hope that he will learn to suck and take the breast again.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2013
    North Carolina

    Default Re: Exclusively pumping- need help increasing supply

    I also wanted to say that I bought some donor milk from the milk bank and we are also giving that to little man- which is allowing me to build up freezer supply but unless I increase my supply via pump he is going to need more formula supp and I'd rather have it be breast milk we use.

    Okay thanks for any help!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Default Re: Exclusively pumping- need help increasing supply

    I EPed for my oldest for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate. I had no mils supply issues, what I did was pump after every feed. I used a hosp grade double pump, I pumped for 20 minutes at least. I know it seems you are tied to the pump, but its not forever and I looked at is as something positive I was doing.

    good luck!
    Mommy of 4,
    3 who I watch over, 1 who watches over all of us

    J- 8/20/05 pumped breastmilk for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate!

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Exclusively pumping- need help increasing supply

    I totally understand what you mean when you say you have more of a relationship with the pump than your baby. It is really, really difficult to balance needing to pump against the unpredictable needs of a baby.

    If you don't have a hospital-grade pump with correctly sized shields, I, like the PP, would strongly suggest getting one. Hospital pumps get more milk with less effort, and you really need less effort in your life right now! That being said, when it comes to milk production, there is no substitute for effort. All the herbs and drugs in the world won't do you as much good as pumping frequently. And when you're EPing, there's really no telling how long you're going to need to pump frequently. I know you'll read about some EPing moms who managed to go down to just a few pumping sessions per day and still provide enough for their babies- but believe me, they are the exception, not the rule.

    If you are scheduling your pumping sessions, it may help to ditch the schedule. Aim for 8-10 sessions per day (or more, if you can), but if you happen to have a break in baby care just 30 minutes after you last pumped, use that break to pump even though it's not on your schedule.

    Another thing that might help is power pumping. You pump both breasts for 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, and pump once more for 10 minutes for a total of 30 minutes of pumping in a 1-hour period. Power pumping is supposed to mimic the way babies feed, and boost supply, during a growth spurt.

    One of the most onerous parts of EPing is the washing. 3 things that may help:
    - Leave a large basin of soapy water near the sink and throw bottles and pump parts in as they get used. I found that doing a few larger wash-ups per day was less draining than doing a whole bunch of small ones.
    - Buy a second or even third set of pump parts, so you only have to wash them once or twice a day.
    - Wash your pump parts only every 2nd use. Simply leave the pump screwed onto the bottle after use, pop the whole thing in the fridge, and re-use the same set-up the next time you need to pump. My LC said it was safe to pump new milk on top of old, but if you're not comfortable with that you can always swap in a new bottle.
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