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    Question Fenugreek and pumping

    I am fixing to start a new job and it requires me to go out of town for two weeks of training. My son is 12 weeks old and I really can't pump much of anything in between feedings. I was told I could take an herb called fenugreek and it would help boost my supply for pumping bottles for when I leave. I really don't want to have to supplement yet, and I am not leaving until the end of July so I would have time to bulk up on pumped milk. Please help, I am so nervous about even taking tylenol with the possiblilty it may be excreted into my milk. HELP!!!

    A desperate mom!

    Alisha

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    A lot of moms take fenugreek to increase their milk supply. The bottom line, however, is that if you increase demand, you will increase supply.

    If you start pumping several times a day now, midway between feedings, and do that every day consistently, you will probably be able to get a bit of a freezer stash built up before you leave for training.

    Then, while you are away, if you can pump as frequently as your baby eats, you will probably produce enough to meet his needs. You can ship EBM home to your baby by overnight mail, packed with dry ice.

    Is there any way your baby and caregiver could travel with you and stay in the hotel? That way you could nurse him at night and not have to bother with shipping EBM home.

    This would also be a great post for the Working and Breastfeeding board.

    --Rebecca

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    Fenurgreek helped boost my supply. (I had a reduction and didn't produce a lot)

    There are a bunch of other herbs that can boost your supply. The BFAR website is probably a good source if you want to learn about those.

    Also Mother's Milk tea seemed to help me. You may have to take them regularly for a few days before you will see results.

    I like the idea of your baby going with you... Maybe if you talked to your manager they could help you fund that.

    My manager seems to be really supportive of whatever I need.

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    Hi! I just wanted to reinforce Rebecca's point that it's important to pump the equivalent of what your baby normally eats when you're gone. Even if you don't ship the milk home (e.g., if you build up enough of a freezer stash to cover some or all of that period) you should still pump and dump. That's what I did when I went out of town for two days. I had plenty of fresh and frozen milk at home for my ds to eat, and I didn't want to deal with storage of milk on the go, so I just pumped regularly and dumped what I pump (I admit it was pretty painful to watch that beautiful milk go down the drain). This is very important for keeping up your supply, especially on a long trip when it would be so easy for your supply to drop way down.

    Two weeks is a pretty long time -- I agree that it would be great to be able t have your baby and caregiver along to nurse at night. But it still would be important to pump regularly during the day (and have that milk available for your son the following day).

    Good luck!
    Annie

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    With both of my sons, I wasn't a big producer on milk. I not only pumped inbetween feedings, but I also took fenugreek. I'm still currently nursing my second son, who is 7 months old, and I'm still using fenugreek. Both of these methods were given to me by a lactation specialist who helped when my first son was born. Fenugreek is an herb, so you can take as much of it as you want. However, the recommend dose to increase supply is 3 capsules, 3 times a day. After a few days of taking the fenugreek you should notice the increase in supply. Still pump when you are traveling, but remember that a pump won't get out nearly as much as a baby will. So if you think you're not pumping out enough milk, no need to worry, just continue pumping about 5 minutes after milk no longer comes out. This should help in keeping up an adequet supply.

    Mom of Robbie and Clay,
    Theresa

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    Mother's Milk tea also helped me alot - it contains fenugreek and other herbs! I also find that eating lots of fish (especially cod) does the trick.

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    Thank you all so much!!! I am gonna give it a shot and hopefully it will work soon. I wish I could take my son with me but the problem is my husband is the only other person who could come and I also have a 2 year old son that needs watching too. I couldn't very well bring them all along, and I have talked to the company and they only pay for me to go and we would have to come up with the cost for them out of our pockets, that is a little too much for us right now. But I am gonna try to make this work, and I will just pump as much as possible, after and between feedings. I will probably just have to do the pump and dump thing seeing as how I would not have transportation to the post office for shipping the milk. Well thank you all once again. I will keep you all posted on things!!

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    Good luck hon!

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    Default Re: Fenugreek and pumping

    It sounds like you're determined to make this work! Have you made plans to store/ship your milk? Did you know that FedEx will ship your milk overnight, and they will usually pick up at the hotel? Have you considered renting a hospital grade pump to help maintain your supply while you're away?

    I've got some links that you might find helpful:
    Bottle feeding the breastfed baby (helps preserve bfing relationship)
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
    http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml
    Maintaining a milk supply when baby isn't nursing
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/ma...pply-pump.html
    Avoiding plugged ducts/mastitis
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/mastitis.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html
    Articles about working and travel
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBworking.html


    Are there any options to shorten the duration of your trip? Or could you come back for a visit mid-way through the trip? Have you discussed your options with your boss/HR representive?

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