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Whats the least amount of milk i can pump and keep my supply?

i breast and bottle (formula) feed my baby. ive been having some trouble breast feeding lately , i give her what ever i can of breast milk i figure its better than none. but im worried ill lose my supply completely but only pumping once to twice a day. ?

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Asked by sammyjoG at 12:44 AM on Feb. 20, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Na, nothing of that sort.......

    Answer by AnuMeha at 12:47 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • Your body will make as much as you ask it to, it produces milk on a supply/demand basis. The less you pump, the less you'll produce.

    Answer by BFab11 at 4:47 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • If you're only pumping, you might expect a lowered supply. If you're nursing at all, that can help. For someone who is exclusively pumping, it's recommended to pump every 2 hrs during the day and every 3 at night, I believe.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:34 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • You're struggling with baby at the breast because of the bottles of formula. If you want to keep a supply and keep her at the breast (with the occasional bottle of breastmilk) you need to stop with the formula. Have a nurse-cations - take her in your bedroom, stay in bed all day, keep the lights low, have plenty of fluids for yourself handy, and nurse frequently and for as often as baby wants. Formula is a big supply sabotoge for most women. The bottle is easier to drink from, and formula is more filling - it'll take a couple days for baby to get used to feeding at the breast more often but if youc an still with it it'll work.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

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