Re: Drop in Supply at 3 Months?
For many moms, milk supply sort of regulates at around 3 months- your body figures out how to make exactly enough to satisfy the baby's needs, without a lot of extra left over. This can pose a real challenge to a pumping mom, because the pump isn't as effective at getting milk as the baby is, and it's harder to increase supply with a pump. But it can be done!
Here are some things you can do to increase supply:
- See a lactation consultant. Nothing beats hands-on help!
- Pump more frequently. You can even pump after nursing when you are together with your baby (if you are nursing and not exclusively pumping).
- Try power pumping (pump both sides for 10 minutes, then rest for 10. Pump for 10, rest for 10, and pump once more for 10 for a total of 30 minutes of pumping in an one-hour period). Power pumping is supposed to mimic the way a baby feeds and boosts mom's supply during a growth spurt.
- Add breast compressions to your pumping routine.
- Use the best pump you can afford. This may mean using a hospital-grade rental pump.
- Get your current pump checked out- many lose power and suction after a while.
- Herbs- fenugreek, blessed thistle, and oatmeal are all good for milk supply.
- Drugs- Reglan (available in US) and Domperidone (Canada) are anti-nausea drugs which can increase milk supply as a side-effect. Both have additional side-effects and are not for everyone, so discuss them with your LC and doctor or midwife before taking either one.
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