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Thread: Is there anything else to help with supply?

  1. #1
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    Question Is there anything else to help with supply?

    Hi Ladies,

    I returned to work 01/27 and have seen a gradual decrease in my milk supply. I went from pumping 11-14 oz. while at work to 8-10 oz.

    I just replaced the membranes on my pump and bought fenugreek and milkmaid tea to help increase my supply. I nurse on demand when with my dd.

    Is there anything else I can do to help bump my supply?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Is there anything else to help with supply?

    2 things spring to mind:
    1. Pump more often. If finding time for more pump sessions during the workday is not possible, you may need to pump after feedings when you are home with your baby.
    2. If your baby is sleeping long stretches at night, wake her up and nurse her or make her sleeping conditions a little less conducive to long sleep stretches by taking away a pacifier or swaddle if you are using those things. More milk taken in at night means less need for it at daycare and hence fewer or smaller bottles, and more stimulation during the night may mean better pump output during the day.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Is there anything else to help with supply?

    I'm going to have to start pumping after I nurse her at home. I already pump 3 times while I'm at work, and squeezing in another session may just be too difficult. She was sleeping through the night but has recently begun to wake about 2 times to nurse. We don't swaddle her and she doesn't take a binky...she is a thumb sucker though. (It's kind of funny, she never took a binkie and didn't start sucking her thumb until she started daycare. There is another baby boy there that sucks his thumb, and I wonder if she saw him and said to herself, "Hmmm...what's this thumb all about, maybe I'll try it." LOL!)

    Thanks!

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