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breastmilk

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM
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my son is now 3 weeks old, drinking a little over 3oz every 2 to 3 hrs. 

i pump and then bottle feed him because he has a hard time latching and takes 2x longer to feed.

my problem is my milk varies drastically from feeding to feeding and im having a hard time keeping up with his demand.

i've already been drinking mothers milk tea(promotes healthy lactation) for at least a week and half.

is there anything else that i could do to help increase my milk?

by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM
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quietsmilie
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 10:15 PM

You might find mroe info in a breastfeeding group.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumping_decrease.html

ThePinkRobot
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 10:35 PM
There are many things you could try. Taking fenugreek & eating oatmeal are 2 popular solutions that come to mind. You're giving him a little more milk than he needs though so if you cut back a bit you might find you're producing plenty. Do you plan on just pumping or are you going to try to get him to latch?
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Habibti812
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 8:07 AM
Fenugreek and more frequent pumping sessions.
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jessnjosh87
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 8:08 AM

eat tons of oatmeal, drink dark beer, pump more, LET HIM NURSE.

celestegood
by Silver Member on Jun. 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM

He is little, so he might nurse for forty five minutes, then an hour later, nurse again.  They can be like this and be totally normal.  A pump won't stimulate your supply, and you need him to suckle to stimulate and increase your supply.  I suggest putting him to your breast. 

You NEED NEED NEED to go over to the breastfeeding moms group here on cm!  They are great and very helpful.

Quoting jessnjosh87:

eat tons of oatmeal, drink dark beer, pump more, LET HIM NURSE.


MrsMWF
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

nursing him is the best way to increase your supply

mama2mycuties
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Have you found a lactation consultant in your area or an IBCLC? he needs to be put to breast, its normal for baby to take a long time to nurse in the beginning :)

Pumping exclusively is VERY hard work mama, trust me in the long run you are going to want him to nurse directly. Please do join the bfing group!

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