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    Question Can I get my milk back?

    My son is almost 7 mo and I have become a SAHM 2 weeks ago. I had been working full time and pumping from the time he was 2.5 mo. I used a hospital pump for all but the last month but saw my supply diminish. I tried herbs but my son doesn't tolerate them. He has been supplemented with formula for the last few months and the situation just keeps getting worse - I'm getting less and less and dealing with him impatient for let down. The icing on the cake is he is on a weight watch by the ped because he only gained 2 oz between his 4 & 6 mo check-ups. Dropping him from the 50% to 10%. He did still gain height and HC.

    I do have a Medela Pump in Style Advanced, but I'm not sure of the best timing and how to handle getting back on track. My ideal situation would be to have him EBF for his liquid intake - I really want to get rid of the formula if I can.

    DD's Stats at 6 mo: 14# 15.75 oz; 26.5"
    Outputs 1-2 wets per feed (6-7) and 1 stool/day

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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    I would pump pump pump. In the morning early if you can, get up and pump. Then after the first nursing session pump. Try to pump 8 or more times a day. Also do a lot of skin to skin contact and offer the breast often, particularly when he is getting sleepy so he would like to nurse longer. Try to do a nursing vacation where you stay in bed and spend time skin to skin and nursing often.

    As you produce milk through pumping replace the formula with the EBM. Then you can back off the supplements and only nurse.

    I would avoid doing many, if any, solids until your milk supply is back up. It's all really about playing at this age anyway and you want her to get milk calories.

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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    Is it better to pump right after I feed him or wait an hour or 2?

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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    When I am buiding up my supply I usually pump an hour after nursing, I get more that way and I can then supplement with the BM instead of formula. That's just what works for us! Good luck!

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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*chemgirl View Post
    Is it better to pump right after I feed him or wait an hour or 2?
    Whichever you choose will be helpful! Here's a link which may be helpful:
    Weaning from Formula Supplements
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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    When I was trying to up my supply I nursed, then pumped right away, and supplemented if needed at that time. But it may work better for you to nurse, supplement, pump then use what you have pumped at the next feeding and so on. It's easy to build a rhythym after a day or two.

    I also added a pumping session in the early morning between nursing when milk supply is high and about 30-45 minutes after DD went down for her longer sleep stretch. Then another 30-45 minutes after that I dream fed her (put her to the breast while she was sleeping). I also set my alarm to nurse at night, but she was so much younger. I don't think you need to do that.

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    Default Re: Can I get my milk back?

    Thank you for the advise, I will try to pump as frequently as I can. The good news is that he gained a substantial amount in the last three weeks , so the Dr. isn't concerned with the weight - now I can just focus on my supply so I can get rid of the formula.

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