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Low milk supply while pumping

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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I just had my baby March 6. At first I had an insane amount of milk and now I am lucky to get enough for one feeding per pump session.  I am pumping every 2 hours, tried using a manual pump before the electric in each feeding and am out of ideas.  Does anyone know of anything I can do, preferable that wont cost me money, to get my supply up?

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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM


Quoting Aisilyn90:

She doesnt latch. We tried everything to no avail. She eats 3 ounces every feeding or has been until my supply decreased. Now i have her drinking 2 ounces just so i can Try to keep up. Im lucky to get the 2 ounces total each session.

Please see the link titled HOW TO INCREASE SUPPLY in our resources sticky. Every last trick known to woman is there, in one place. 

At less than three weeks, it is entirely possible to get her to latch. We've seen moms achoeve latch after MONTHS of refusals. Check out the kellymom resources and get to an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Word to the wise: that specialist likely does NOT work at your hospital.

And get a SUPPLEMENTAL NURSING SYSTEM. A good LC will know what that is and probably will hand you one. If the LC does NOT know what that is...RUN AWAY!

Instead of bottles, cup feed with a soft spout sippy. Remove the spill proof valve. You tip, baby sips. It takes away the sucking satisfaction babies crave, leaving only the breast as a possibiliity.

Some moms also have success with the bait and switch. Start baby with a little milk in the bottle, then they switch it for the breast. Compress the breast when you latch to get some milk out... baby needs to get the idea there's milk there.

Mine refused to latch for the first two weeks of his life. I had to outstubborn him on it.

If you stick with the bottle, slowest flow nipple forever. One ounce, burp. Next ounce, burp. Stop her after every ounce. Baby is refusing to latch because the bottle is easy. You're going to start making it REALLY hard. No , she won't like it. That's OK. Your job is not to make her happy, you know. You'll spend most of the next 18 years making her extremely miserable more often than not, with demands that she be responsible and healthy.

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

One session = one feeding is a good rule of thumb. A feeding is a mere 2-3 ounces... closer to two for a two week old. 

Is baby on the breast at all or are you only pumping? And if the latter, how often? Needs to be every two hours, annd baby's total daily need is 24-32 ounces.

Ms.Pteranodon
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Why are you pumping?

More importantly how is baby eating at the breast?
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Aslen
by Bronze Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:18 PM


This! EXACTLY my thoughts

Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Why are you pumping?

More importantly how is baby eating at the breast?



Cruz-s-mommy
by Amanda on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
What they said^^^ Also how much are you getting per session? 1/2 an ounce to 2 ounces is normal output between both breast combined per pump session.
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM

One session = one feeding is a good rule of thumb. A feeding is a mere 2-3 ounces... closer to two for a two week old. 

Is baby on the breast at all or are you only pumping? And if the latter, how often? Needs to be every two hours, annd baby's total daily need is 24-32 ounces.

speidelboys
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

pump while she feeds, it is what works for me. she can eat off of one and pump the other.  hand expreson and i tend to get more.. also some pumps do work better then others

 

almondpigeon
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 3:04 AM

this exactly. i find that pumping is more successful when i pump & nurse at the same time.  i think the "natural" let down makes it easier to pump. 


Quoting speidelboys:

pump while she feeds, it is what works for me. she can eat off of one and pump the other.  hand expreson and i tend to get more.. also some pumps do work better then others




prettymommylove
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 3:08 AM

the reason you had so much milk is because when your milk comes in it is enough for MULTIPLE BABIES you may not even have a low supply at all, just a little paranoid and misinformed (:

Aisilyn90
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM
She doesnt latch. We tried everything to no avail. She eats 3 ounces every feeding or has been until my supply decreased. Now i have her drinking 2 ounces just so i can Try to keep up. Im lucky to get the 2 ounces total each session.
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM


Quoting Aisilyn90:

She doesnt latch. We tried everything to no avail. She eats 3 ounces every feeding or has been until my supply decreased. Now i have her drinking 2 ounces just so i can Try to keep up. Im lucky to get the 2 ounces total each session.

Please see the link titled HOW TO INCREASE SUPPLY in our resources sticky. Every last trick known to woman is there, in one place. 

At less than three weeks, it is entirely possible to get her to latch. We've seen moms achoeve latch after MONTHS of refusals. Check out the kellymom resources and get to an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Word to the wise: that specialist likely does NOT work at your hospital.

And get a SUPPLEMENTAL NURSING SYSTEM. A good LC will know what that is and probably will hand you one. If the LC does NOT know what that is...RUN AWAY!

Instead of bottles, cup feed with a soft spout sippy. Remove the spill proof valve. You tip, baby sips. It takes away the sucking satisfaction babies crave, leaving only the breast as a possibiliity.

Some moms also have success with the bait and switch. Start baby with a little milk in the bottle, then they switch it for the breast. Compress the breast when you latch to get some milk out... baby needs to get the idea there's milk there.

Mine refused to latch for the first two weeks of his life. I had to outstubborn him on it.

If you stick with the bottle, slowest flow nipple forever. One ounce, burp. Next ounce, burp. Stop her after every ounce. Baby is refusing to latch because the bottle is easy. You're going to start making it REALLY hard. No , she won't like it. That's OK. Your job is not to make her happy, you know. You'll spend most of the next 18 years making her extremely miserable more often than not, with demands that she be responsible and healthy.

Aisilyn90
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Yeah her latch problem comes from my Inverted nipples. She doesnt have anything to latch to. We have a nipple shield and that didnt work. We feed her sitting upright with slow flow nipples so she does have to work for it. I am waiting for the pediatrician to call me back to see if i can supplament with some formula because im scared she isnt eating enough since she is wanting to eat more often now that my supply has decreased.
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