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    Default Pumping exclusively as she doesn't want to nurse

    Hi all. I went back to work when my baby was 3 months old until she stopped nursing so I pumped exclusively. I slacked at 6 months and now my milk is totally low. She is now 8 months old and won't nurse anymore but I still would want to continue pumping and give her my milk. Is it still possible to keep my supply up with just pumping? I tried to nurse her but she is not interested anymore =(

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    Default Re: Pumping exclusively as she doesn't want to nurse

    It is possible. I believe there are mothers here who pumped exclusively for a full year.

    What kind of pump do you have? A hospital-grade rental is the best for increasing milk supply, but you may not need one as long as you have a good double electric pump.

    The most important thing is to pump frequently. If you can add a couple more pumping sessions into your schedule, it should help. You might also try continuing to pump for 2-5 minutes after you see the last drop of milk. That can help send a signal to your body that more milk is needed.

    There are a variety of herbal supplements that you could try, like fenugreek, blessed thistle, fennel, nettle, or Mother's Milk Tea, which is a combination of several. Many mothers have had luck with fenugreek, in particular.

    You might find more suggestions on these websites:


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    Default Re: Pumping exclusively as she doesn't want to nurse

    13 months of pumping and still going strong! You can do it!
    Mom to daughter (8/17/07) and mom to fraternal twin sons (1/5/10)

    *Mom with chronic health issues, NICU babies, reflux sufferers, multiple food allergies (mom and kids)
    *DD birthweight 5lb, 14oz, now 26lb, 4oz
    *DS1 birthweight 4lb, 6oz, now 19lb
    *DS2 birthweight 4lb, 2oz, now 18lb, 12oz

    **An EXCELLENT speller, unless I have either a child on my lap or I'm using my cell phone!**


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