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Milk production

My baby is seven weeks old. I pump exclusively. A few days ago i didn't pump much during the day and i never pump at night well now my milk production is very low what i can i do to get it back to where it was higher?

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fenska87

Asked by fenska87 at 9:39 PM on Apr. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Have your baby nurse directly from the breast. They are designed to do it best and a pump doesn't ever do as good of a job.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 9:44 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • nurse nurse and more nursing!! Nurse on demand! They go through growth stpurts every couple of weeeks. it seemed like all my son wanted to do was nrse and that was actually a good thin b/c he was getting my body to produce more milk for his growing body.
    There is an herbal tea you can also try
    shash1

    Answer by shash1 at 9:45 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Nurse the baby directly. It's far more effective than pumping. Once you re-establish your supply you can resume pumping.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:09 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Pump more often! Every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night .. Seriously.. or your supply is going to dwindle to nothing.

    Can you get him to nurse at all? Sometimes when they have issues in the beginning they get stronger and can learn to latch. Bottle preference sometimes comes into play but sometimes it isn't that bad. Nursing on demand would get your supply up, but if you hate nursing off the breast.. pumping is second best and I encourage you to just pump way more often.

    You have to put it at a priority hun or your supply will go away!

    Also, try mother's milk tea and drinking plenty of water (at least 70 oz) and eating oatmeal to help out while you try to increase your supply.

    Good luck!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Massage your breasts before pumping. Here are instructions:


    http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/130/how-to-manually-express-breastmilk---the-marmet-technique


    If you do the massage and get the milk flowing you are supposed to get more milk. You need a good pump like a Pump-in-Style and may need to rent a pump. You should pump both breasts at once.


    Don't worry that you can't get your supply up. It can always be increased.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 1:54 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • was your baby drinking all that you were pumping before? sometimes we overproduce milk in the beginning. i am not familiar with pumping, i was never successful with a pump :)
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 8:06 AM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • Increase your pumping frequency until you get it back up to where it was.
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:31 PM on Apr. 8, 2010

  • why would you pump all the time and not bond with your baby and nurse directly
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:00 AM on May. 13, 2010

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