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Did a hospital grade pump boost your breastmilk supply?

If you were having supply issues, what helped? Dis a better hospital grade pump make a difference?


Asked by earthmamajoe at 10:45 PM on Apr. 12, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Increase supply as in increase pump output? I used a hospital grade pump. Work output was 3-4 ounces first pump. 2-3 second, 1-2 third. So 6-9 ounces per day at work I added a session on one side EVERY morning during the first nursing of the day for an additional ounce and was set for my workday. Baby's need is 1-1.25 ounces per hour, and it's better to have too little than too much as the day ends so baby is a HUNGRY FIEND when you get to him to nurse. If baby isn't acting starved when you pick him up, he's been overfed through the day.

    Answer by gdiamante at 1:16 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • Not sure about that, but, putting baby to breast LOTS more and being skin ti skin helps. Mother's milk tea, fenugreek. LOT of water.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:46 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • You can pump during your work time, but, at home put baby to breast non-stop skin to skin and your supply should level out. Baby gets out WAY more than any pump ever will. In fact, if you nursed baby all night after work, you almost wouldn't have to pump during the day. Baby can go without as long as it is able to get the exact same amount later. So, pump often while at work. But, anytime you are with baby, put it to breast.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:58 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • I would think breastfeeding on demand would be more effective but it you have to pump, say going back to work a better pump will help make thing easier. Good luck and don't loss hope.

    Answer by Graciesmom528 at 10:50 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Just keep the baby at the breast, breastfeeding is supply and demand if you keep feeding your body will keep supplying...drink lots of water and forget the pump.

    Answer by leejoy at 2:07 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • breastfeeding on demand is the best way to get your milk flowing and is more effective. I would only pump if you are going to be away from your baby longer then 3 hours

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:42 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • i work full time so need to pump, for clarification.

    Comment by earthmamajoe (original poster) at 10:49 AM on Apr. 13, 2011