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lactation problems ???PLEASE ANSWER

Yesterday I was out of town and didnt get to pump or nurse...befor this I was able to pump at least 8oz when I pumped... Im one week pp today...when i got home i pumped and got about 9oz...now today woke up and all day havnt been able to pump more then 3-4oz...my question is how can i get my supply back or is it even going to come back...im worried im going to have to supplement...any advice???

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excitedmomma2be

Asked by excitedmomma2be at 11:20 PM on Dec. 25, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Mother's milk tea, or drink a beer. :) Beer actually does stimulate lactation. Pump more, nurse more.
    Whatkids

    Answer by Whatkids at 11:28 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • drink lots of water, eat some oatmeal. the more you nurse, the more you'll produce. it truly is a "supply & demand" situation :)
    llansky

    Answer by llansky at 11:31 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • yes, your supply will come back- all you have to do is nurse, nurse, nurse. what you are able to pump is NOT an indicator of what you are actually producing, and in the first few weeks, pumping can jeopardize your supply- it is NOT a good thing. stay hydrated and nurse that baby on demand- best strategy for successful nursing is to shove a boobie in the babies mouth every time they open it. sounds ridiculous, but it is a no fail if you feed on demand, your body will make more the enough for the baby. during the day, do not go more than 2 hours without nursing, and you'll be fine. take a look at this too Kelly Mom .COM

    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:56 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • Drink a beer...darker the better. Nurse on demand and pump afterwards...even if you aren't getting any milk out. The added "demand" will encourage your body to make more.
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 12:21 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Eat a GOOD three meals and stay VERY hydrated. Your body needs food to make your milk. And nurse your baby when baby WANTS it. The more you nurse the more milk you will make. Mother nature is great supply and demand. And your baby will get more milk out no matter what kind of pump you have or how much money you spent on it. Again mother nature.
    mommymeof2

    Answer by mommymeof2 at 12:21 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • if u cant nurse every 2/3 hours. pump. around the clock. pump on those times ur baby doesnt eat when he should
    good luck
    krisew90

    Answer by krisew90 at 12:55 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • All day you've been pumping 3-4oz per session? That's normal output, sweetheart. Above normal, in fact. I'm sure not pumping for a day had a hand in decreasing supply (as supply follows demand), but you most likely would have not maintained pumping 9oz per session for long anyway.

    Are you EPing? If so, work on getting baby back to the breast and continue pumping. You're output is fine, so no need to increase... but pumping more will increase supply.

    If baby *will*nurse, then dump the pump and just nurse her. Pumps can be useful in certain situations, but when you're pumping when you *could* be nursing, you're just putting up a communication barrier between your supply and the demand (aka:baby). She'll sort out how much she needs on her own.
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 1:17 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • Here is what worked for me:

    Nurse frequently
    Drink lots of water, at least 6 oz every time you nurse and every time you pump
    Have lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
    Take brewers yeast tabs
    Look at pictures of your baby while you pump
    Wait at least an hour after nursing to pump.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:59 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • As a previous post said pumping is not a good indication of supply. The best way, and especially @ only 1 wk pp....you need to build supply is offering the breast often. Also, supplement will not help at all no way shape or form in building a supply... Every bottle u give is that much less milk you will produce. If you just supply the breast when baby demands your supply will be fine. Just count your wet diapers to know baby is getting enough.
    Mothergoods

    Answer by Mothergoods at 8:29 PM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • kellymom.com is the BEST website ever!

    Also, most mom can only pump 2 oz or less...you're WAY over normal. I think your supply is just fine.
    hopinforanother

    Answer by hopinforanother at 6:48 PM on Dec. 28, 2009

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