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    Default No Hindmilk

    My son is 3 months old andd I am at work full time. I have been pumping. My supply is down, and I am starting Fenugreek. Another problem is that the fatty portion of my milk is almost nonexistent now. Is there anything I can do to increase the fat?

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    Default Re: No Hindmilk

    Hi there,
    Could you explain to me how you can tell that the fatty portion of your milk is gone? Milk can take on different appearances at different times of the BF relationship.

    May I ask how often you pump when separated?
    How often does he nurse at home?
    What is his growth pattern?
    Wet/dirty diaper count?
    How exactly do you know supply is down? From pumping?
    What kind of pump are you using? New or used?

    Sorry for all of the questions, but it will help me get a better picture!

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    Default Re: No Hindmilk

    Sorry it took me a while to reply, i couldn't get on the forum until now.

    The full story is that about 1-2 weeks after I went back to work full time and my son was taking a bottle with BM during the day, he started this thing where he would scream everytime he was at my breast in the evening (although he would take a bottle fine), and for about 4-5 days we couldn't figure out how to get him to take it. During that time I went from pumping about 5-6 ounces at a session to about 3. I spoke with a LLL and lactation specialist, but actually ended up figuring out accidentally that he would take my breast in side-lying. This is the only position he wants to do now. (Which is fine.) However, my pumping never got back up to pre-problem levels and he started wanting to eat a lot more frequently in the evening and on weekends. I also was only just barely keeping up with bottle amounts. Finally, when I wrote the hindmilk message, I saw no fatty layer separation in what I was pumping (it separates out in the fridge), but now it's back, on Fenugreek. I was planning on stopping the fenugreek once I was back to pre-problem pumping levels. That's the whole saga.

    For the questions - I can only pump about three times a day when separated, due to the nature of my job. It turns out to be about every four hours. He's now nursing about every 2.5 hours on weekends. On weekdays I feed him in the evening and sometimes twice or three times during the night. He is growing fine. He has lots of wet diapers and now has been pooping daily. I am using the Medela PIS borrowed from my sister in law. She didn't use it a ton because she is a stay at home mom. But I did hear that it may need maintenance?

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    Default Re: No Hindmilk

    Yes, although the PIS is made for full-time use, parts can wear down or break. And it really is a single-use item. It will lose effectiveness afterwhile, although I know you said your sister-in-law barely used it. You could check the Medela website to find out about getting it tested.

    Hope things keep going well for you!

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