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will pumping make my milk supply go low?

my dr wants me to see how much the baby is getting because he is not up to birth weight yet, he is 3 weeks old. he wanted me to supplement but I want breastmilk only for him so I told him id pump and give it to him. i let him nurse about 5 min or so on each breast before pumping. I noticed that the last 2 times I didnt get that mauch and this last time I only got 1/2 oz off of each which is the least ive ever gotten. I am worried now that maybe pumping is slowing it down. any suggestions on helping it not?

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Asked by momsince01 at 6:56 PM on May. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If I remember right (and it has been a while) I think the more milk you use the more milk you make. Because your body is thinking "Wow this baby eats alot I need to make more!"

    Answer by ShannonLeigh02 at 6:58 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • Sometimes you aren't able to pump much... some people just can't.
    But if your son hasn't gained his weight back you might just not have a large enough supply yet. I would see if you can find a lactation specialist to help you out. They could weight your baby before and after breastfeeding to see how much he is taking in at the breast.
    Also, an ounce after he's eaten isn't that bad! And it will depend on the time of day too that you pump.. your supply goes up and down throughout the day.
    To get more milk to supplement with try adding a pumping session just before you go to bed... I did that to have extra milk to freeze and it worked out well.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 7:04 PM on May. 12, 2009

     is a great article which covers both whether you do have a supply problem, and how to increase your milk if necessary. the website covers everything possible it seems, i used their info heaps in the early days of breastfeeding, before we got into a nice rhythm


    Answer by katiemum at 7:11 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • oh and, in answer to your question, no, pumping wont decrease your supply.
    the more milk removed form the breast, the more your body will make, so it will increase your supply.
    it usually takes between 24 and 48 hours for your body to adjust to a constant increased demand (as opposed to a one of 'hungry day' ).

    Answer by katiemum at 7:15 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • i agree with the first answer

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 7:22 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • I also agree with the first answer..its supply and demand

    Answer by hug4akiss at 7:27 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • will skipping a feeding hurt?

    Answer by momsince01 at 8:22 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • Your doctor is an idiot, pumping doesn't show what hes need to ask this question in the breastfeeding group they will tell you the same thing.

    Pumping will only mean he gets bottles and not the breast and prefer the breast.

    If hes getting enough wet diapers(THATS whats shows what hes getting) what goes in must go out...6-8 diapers daily with a really wet one being 2 diapers, then hes getting enough.

    A Bf baby only needs 24-30 oz daily if solely bottlefed, to get that you need to pump every 2-3 hours round the clock, no matter what, BUT please see a IBCLC before starting this...doctors have NO BFing training.

    Low weight gain but enough diapers mean hes not getting enough hindmilk(the fatty stuff), but hes getting the nutrients. Block feeding will fix this,nurse on one side for 2-3 feedings then switch sides, no pumping, hand express if the other side hurts..

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:40 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • cont.

    Your baby needs the high fat milk not the lowfat stuff...if anything pump for 5 minutes THEN latch the baby...that is if diapers are fine.

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:46 PM on May. 12, 2009

  • YES skipping feedings hurt supply, but if you wanna do what the doctors says without seeing a IBCLC about it too, then you need to pump every 2-3 hours not just every feeding

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 8:47 PM on May. 12, 2009

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