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Not producing enough milk?

Hi. I have a 3 and 1/2 month old son. I went back to school not to long ago. I do breastfeed, but go about seven hours during the day without releasing milk. During that time he gets formula. A few days ago I tried pumping to see how much I produced and it was less than an ounce combined from each side. How can I produce more to rely on formula less? Please help. Reply at


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Asked by AGLS at 10:05 PM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • nursing or pumping more often is the best way. If you could pump at school for a few in the bathroom or something it would help alot. You could take fenugreek that you can buy at GNC, too.

    Answer by winkie_pinkie at 10:56 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • You should be pumping at least once while you are out of the house.

    Here is what worked for me when I had supply issues:
    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.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:17 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • One ounce combined IS a normal pumping amount. But of at all possible, carve out pumping time during the day. And then everything that rkoloms recommended. Stop by the Breastfeeding Moms group, too.

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:32 PM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Thank you all. hopefully it will work. :D

    Answer by AGLS at 11:46 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

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