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    Default Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I don't know what is going on with me, but after 6.5 months of successfully pumping at work (3X a day), it appears that my supply is suffering. I used to get at least 12 oz a day, but now I am getting 6-8 oz. This is not enough to feed my son! If this has happened to you, what did you do to increase supply?

    I have always pumped one boob per session...mimicking what he would do if I were home (he's only ever nursed one side per session). Should I start pumping both sides? I worry about this because he won't nurse from both sides when I am home with him and I don't want to have one boob engorged as a result.

    I have not yet resorted to fenugreek, but I think I will pick some up today.

    I feel lucky because its been SOOOO easy up to this point, but I feel frustrated regardless.

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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I remember I started having a lower supply while pumping right before aunt flo returned. I have always pumped both sides with no problems. Whenever I tried to pump one side only I couldn't get anything. Try pumping both sides and see what happens. I don't think you have to worry about engorgement.
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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I agree with previous poster, try pumping both sides and you may find that AF is going to show up for you soon. It will take a few days to a week to see if you are pumping too much (and you become engorged) but this will happen slowly and you can back off pretty quick if it becomes a problem.

    Are you having any tenderness while pumping or nursing?

    Also check parts for wear, replace anything that can be replaced if your not sure.
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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I have a suspicion that AF is involved here...or will be, I should say. It would be my first AF PP. I do have some tenderness and even nipple tenderness while LO is nursing. I posted about that the other day on the main board.

    I will try both sides. I don't really want to supplement with formula if I don't have to....

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I have only ever fed DD from one side but have always pumped both sides (3x's a day, 5 days a week) and I don't have a problem on the weekend or at night with engorgement.
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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I had the same problem around 7 months. I took fenugreek and saw an IBCLC, ate oatmeal nonstop, and still couldn't get my pumping production up. For me, it ended up being a problem letting down with the pump (my supply was fine, but I couldn't let down).

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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I have been pumping at work for 9 mths and at around 6-7 mths my supply dipped (right after af returned) and I had to go back to renting a hospital grade pump. Now I have no issue getting enough.

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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    That was about when mine dipped too. I did fenugreek and that seemed to help.
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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I would rec that you pump both sides at the same time, (as let down is usually at the same time for both breasts) Our dd is 7 months now, and I have been pumping at work on the weekends only (I only work wkends) a couple of weeks ago was the first AF PP (heck, I think... I have the Mirena, and if it was, it was light... sorry TMI) . I definitely have noticed a dip in my supply in the last 6 weeks! Especially when pumping at work! I have started taking fenugreek, which seems to boost my supply a little! I will say though, the whole thing about "when you sweat, when you take fenugreek it smells like maple syrup" ..... Yep, it does! I have been walking a couple of miles a day, and when I get home, I smell like pancakes
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    Default Re: Anyone have diminishing supply after MANY months of pumping at work?

    I agree with pp, it could be a number of factors. I experienced a "Six Month Slump" too. This article was very helpful to me: http://workandpump.com/6month.htm
    Sarah
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