Re: unable to pump
I think you're very likely to be 100% correct that the reason you're not pumping as much today as you were when your baby was new is that your supply has regulated to your baby's needs.
Tips on pumping more:
- Increase pumping frequency/duration. Increased demand = increased supply, though it may take a while for you to notice an increase. If you want to increase through pumping when using a less effective pump, you're probably going to need to be pretty religious about using the pump.
- Use a better pump. If you can't afford to buy, you might want to consider renting.
- Try power pumping: pump both sides for 10 minutes, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, and then pump once more for 10 minutes 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 supply during a growth spurt.
- Herbs: feugreek, blessed thistle, and ordinary oatmeal are all good for supply.
The following link has some good tips: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html
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