I pump my milk and feed it to my baby in a bottle. It seems like my milk is getting less and less. Why? And how can I increase it? (besides skin to skin)Answer Question
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 12:00 AM on Aug. 23, 2010
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Answer by jet360 at 2:47 AM on Aug. 23, 2010
It is very, very difficult to pump and bottle feed (human milk feeding, hmf). The process of making milk is controlled by hormones. The pump does not suckle the same as a baby. The experience is not the same as nursing. Because of this and other factors the hormone sent to your brain telling it how much milk to make is diminished. You also need to pump 8-12 times evey 24 hours, probably closer to 12. That means getting up at night every 2 hours. If it takes you 30 min to pump you are getting seriously sleep deprived.
You might try a rental pump. They are the best. No teas, herbs, oatmeal, ect has been proven to increase milk supply. You could try breastfeeding. Sometimes babies that had problems in the beginning can breastfeed when they are older.
Answer by Gailll at 10:18 AM on Aug. 23, 2010
Cows are great at making milk. We know a lot about cows and milk production, more than we know about humans and milk production. There are many factors that can influence milk production. There is a commercial about "happy cows". It's true, happy cows make more milk. If there is music cows make more milk. They now have self milking stations that can be set up in fields and cows walk up to them and get milked when they feel like it. My point is we know many things affect milk production in cows and we can easily measure it. In humans we aren't measuring it but we believe that there are multiple things that affect milk production.
Answer by Gailll at 10:24 AM on Aug. 23, 2010