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    Default Treating like a newborn

    I have had concerns with my inablity to pump milk. Yesterday I stopped by a store that has lactation speciailists on hand. I was talking to her about how I cannot pump enoug somtimes to keep up with ds. She told me that I should be pumping ATLEAST 6-8 oz each time I am away from ds. I am lucky if I can get 2.5 oz (which I have heard that is normal). So why would she tell me I should be pumping more and should I be pumping out more?
    Her suggestion is to continue with my Fenugreek and pump after EACH feeding again, like I did when ds was a newborn.
    Will this help increase my pumping supply? If so, how long do you think it will take? Do you think it should be better after 2 weeks? She suggested that if it does not work I should rent a hospital grade pump and do the same thing of pumping after each feeding.
    DS is 6.5 mo old and I initially wanted to continue bf until 12 mo, but now I am wanting to go until he is 15 mo.
    Also, I have started a "purer" form of fenugreek that the health store specialist suggested to help increase my supply. I am taking 2-750mg capsules 3 times a day and drink between 90-110 oz water a day.
    The only reason I think my personal supply is low is b/c ds' diapers are not AS wet as they used to be. He still makes about 4-5 wet disposables a day and his bowel movements are about every other day. I cut down on his solids to see if he would nurse more, but he is nursing the same as before we started.

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    Default Re: Treating like a newborn

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutiepie
    She told me that I should be pumping ATLEAST 6-8 oz each time I am away from ds. I am lucky if I can get 2.5 oz (which I have heard that is normal). So why would she tell me I should be pumping more and should I be pumping out more?
    Every woman is different. If 2.5 oz per pumping is normal for you, then it is normal. I do think that 6-8 oz is closer to a record for most than a norm.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutiepie
    Her suggestion is to continue with my Fenugreek and pump after EACH feeding again, like I did when ds was a newborn. Will this help increase my pumping supply?
    Pumping after a feeding would definately help you to collect more milk into bottles, but it would probably not do too much to increase your supply. It is the frequency of nursing/pumping that increases supply, and not the duration of nursing/pumping that increases your supply. Beter to pump in between feedings to increase supply rather than after a feeding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutiepie
    If so, how long do you think it will take? Do you think it should be better after 2 weeks? She suggested that if it does not work I should rent a hospital grade pump and do the same thing of pumping after each feeding.
    Our bodies are so awesome. Our milk production changes hour by hour. Not day by day or week by week. However, more milk hour by hour does mean more milk each day and week. If your body gets the message (through frequent stimulation and empty breasts) that you need more milk, it makes more.

    With that said, however, I'm not convinced that you have a supply issue. What you can pump into bottles is not a good indicator for your milk supply. Baby's weight gain is a far better indicator.

    Here are some ideas to help to store enough milk for baby while you are away...

    Try to pump one breast while nursing on the other.
    Pump in a private and comfortable place with minimal distractions.
    Apply moist or dry heat to breasts before pumping.
    Think only about your baby while you pump.
    Massage your breasts before pumping.
    Ten minutes into pumping stop and massage your breasts again.
    If using a single pump, switch sides when milk flow slows. Repeat until 20-30 milnutes pass.

    I know that it can be temping to think of your supply in terms of the number of ounces you can collect in a bottle, but you really shouldn't. A nursing baby is far more efficient than any method of expression. I hope that this information helps. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Treating like a newborn

    Vicky,
    Thank you for your suggestions! I have tried some of them. I even have to massage during pumping. I have increased my pumpings, but have not really seen any difference in the amount I can pump. As long as I can pump what ds needs for the next day, that is all I want!
    Now, I just wish he would eat for more than I couple of minutes on each side. I am going to call a LC, because there is something going on with ds. I am not sure if it is just a strike or something else.
    Sheila

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