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    Unhappy Milk almost gone... Please help!

    My son was in the NICU when he was born, and was not able to nurse. I've been pumping since he was born, and my milk supply was great for a while. I used to pump about 8 ounces every 3 hours.
    My baby boy is now three months old, and my milk is almost gone. In the morning, I can pump about 2.5 ounces from each breast. I try to pump every 3 hours after that, but am only able to get about one ounce (total) every three hours. My son is eating about 5-6 ounces every 3-4 hours, so I've had to start giving him formula. I feel so disappointed.
    I've been drinking water, eating more oatmeal than I ever imagined I could, and I've tried fenugreek. Nothing is working!
    I bought the Medela Pump in Style Advance pump the other day, and I'm still not seeing a difference. I just want my milk back, and to not have to give him any more formula. I don't know what to do. I feel like nothing is going to work, but I don't want to give up.

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    I think there might be a few more details that we might need to give you some more suggestions:

    Is your son drinking from the breast or only bottle, or both?

    How many wet/dirty nappies is he having a day?

    How is his weight gain going?

    Hopefully we can give you some helpful tips.

    Thanks
    Caroline

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    He is only drinking from the bottle, as he was never able to latch on properly. His diapers and weight gain are fine since he is getting formula. He's 3 months, and almost 15 pounds. He's wet after every nap and feeding, and has at least one bowel movement a day.
    He's eating about 5-6 ounces at a time, but most of that is now formula.

    I forgot to mention that I also tried the Mother's Milk tea, but still no results...

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    I'm still waiting for any kind of advice, but I was wondering if pumping more frequently might help? I'm already pumping every 3 hours, but what if I made it every 2 hours? That may just end up making me even more frustrated if I'm still not getting any milk though. Today I got about one ounce every 3 hours.

    I tried the yeast and water thing last night, which was SO disgusting, and also didn't work at all. I wouldn't suggest that to anyone.
    I'll pretty much try anything at this point. I feel like nothing's going to work though. I'm getting very discouraged.
    Please, anyone, if you know of anything else that might help, let me know. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    Hi Nicole,
    Hang in there, we will try to give you some suggestions and information. It is possible to get your supply up, but it may take some work.

    First, what type of pump were you using before you bought the new PIS? Did you begin to see the decrease when using the other pump? Or was your supply OK with the old pump. You could have purchased a faulty pump. You may want to call the 1-800 number listed for Medela and ask where you can take it to get it checked. In the meantime, could you go out and rent a pump?

    Could you be pregnant?

    Has your life been pretty normal lately? No major upheavals? (other than this )

    Am I correct in understanding that ds is taking 30-48 oz of EBM per 24 hours?

    Yes, if you are trying to increase your supply it is definitely worth trying to pump more. Usually 6-8 times a day should be enough, but you could try to increase. Are you pumping for at least 2 minutes after the last drop of milk? Some moms find they take longer to get a let-down and doing this will help.

    Yeast and water does not help. You are right to quit trying that!

    Have your nutrition and fluids been the same?

    Did you notice a slow decrease, or was it pretty quick?

    Sorry for all of the questions without too many answers. Just trying to figure out what is going on here! Hang in there.

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    Before the new pump, I had been using the Avent Isis. Everyone said that I should've been using an electric pump, but money was tight, and I really loved the Avent pump. I definitely don't think it's ever been an issue of a faulty pump. I'm pretty sure it's just me.

    There's really not much chance that I could be pregnant, and everything has been going pretty normal.

    I don't know what EBM is (sorry). He is drinking a 5-6 ounce bottle every 3-4 hours. Usually only about 1 once of each bottle is breastmilk, the rest formula. (Because all I am producing is 1 ounce every 3 hours).

    I don't seem to let down very well when I pump. For the first few weeks after he was born, I could really feel when I let down, and pumping went very well. Anything I get now just doesn't come out as easily. My breasts NEVER leak, which they used to do every time he would cry.

    I suppose it was a fairly slow decrease.

    Thanks for your reply!

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    Don't give up! I too have a low supply of milk. My daughter is 5 months, and I still have to pump several times a day to keep my supply up. It can be frustrating, I know. Have you had your pediatrician weigh you baby, then have you nurse , and recheck weight to see how much baby is really getting? I take about 10 fenugreek capsule a day. It does seem to help a little. What I found to work well was a supplemental feeding devise. I met with a lactation specialist and she recommended it. Are you familiar with what that is? It is what seemed to help the most when I had to supplement with formula.

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    /www.medela.com/NewFiles/specialtyfdg.html#sns

    Here is a link to the suppl. feed devises. This way if you have to supplement, baby can stimulate the breast while feeding. This really helps the body know it needs to provide for baby.

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    Hi Nicole!

    Not feeling let down and not leaking are not necessarily signs of low supply. Some women never feel let down or leak. I pump for my dd while at work and I know how frustrating it can be when pumping output is low.

    You may have to fidget with the settings on the Medela PIS to find out what works best for you. Also, make sure you have a properly fitting breastshield. See http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/faq/b...hield_fit.html . Even though I don't have large nipples, I was much more comfortable when I bought the XL breastshields for my PIS.

    Have you tried to see if ds can latch on now that he's older? I have seen other posts about getting baby to learn latch on after a few months. That would definitely help your supply.

    I wish you luck! BTW, EBM means expressed breastmilk.
    Eva
    Mom to Alyssa (11/26/05)

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    Default Re: Milk almost gone... Please help!

    Hi Nicole,
    Just wondering how things were going for you and if any of the suggestions from PP were working?

    Kate

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