I have been pumping for 3 weeks now and cant get the same amount I did at the beginning. My daughter is in the NICU so I try to pump every 2 to 3 hours, however with a 17 months toddler I only get to pump ever 5 to 6 hours. Im scared it will start drying up and it may already started. I freeze alot of my milk because she is every small. Is there any way to stop this from happening? I drink alot of water and eat very healthy, but I fear that set I didnt pump the 2 to 3 hours I did this to myself.Answer Question
Answer by EmilySusan at 8:47 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
Answer by Freela at 8:48 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
go to http://www.kelltmom.com
have you tried pumping at night more often when the 17 month isasleep? and early morning? you make the most in the am.
Answer by amileegirl at 8:49 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
Answer by piwife at 9:04 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
Answer by LeanneC at 10:12 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
How much milk are you pumping out every day? Research has shown that the milk intake of exclusively breastfed babies reaches a plateau of about 23 to 40 oz (680 to 1183 ml) of human milk per day in the first month or so, depending on growth rate and sex. Right now your baby probably needs a lot less than that, but you do want to make sure you bring in a "full supply". So if you are pumping at least 24 ounces or so every day, then you do not need to pump any more frequently than you already are. If you are NOT pumping that much each day, then add pumping sessions until you do. This pumping technique can help you to get twice as much milk in the same number of sessions: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:38 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
Check out the Breastfeeding Moms group. Supply goes by demand. So long as you have the stimulation, the milk will be there. The more you nurse/pump, the more you make. Remember that a pump does NOT indicate how much you make. You could have a perfectly established supply but not pump much just because a pump isn't as efficient. But I understand how important it is since that's all you can do now. Take fenugreek and stay hydrated. Try pumping both sides at once to take advantage of letdown. Use heat and compression on your breasts to help empty them.
Answer by jus1jess at 11:17 PM on Dec. 13, 2009
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