Milk Supply

All mamas out there that have delivered..........how long did it take for your supply to come in?  Did you have a time when it seemed like it was going away and then came back?  I used to be able to pump almost 1.5 ozs each time I pumped, now I'm luck to get .5 ozs.  I dont know if I'm drying up since Blake doesn't actually nurse or is this common? 

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:22 am
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What time of day are you pumping?  You might be able to pump out more in the morning than in the evening.  I noticed I dont get as much when i pump later in the afternoon.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:42 am
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3 days to come in. and no once my milk supply went down it didnt come back up (I was only pumping) I know if your supply dips (and you dont want it too) you need to do marathon feeding basically to get your supply back up. There are also certain foods you can eat to get your supply back up.  Sorry im not much help after a month of pumping I was okay that my supply dipped and was just done with pumping. 

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:48 am
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It took about 3 or so days for my milk to come in.  What meager supply I had I was able to boost successfully with the help of Mother's Love drops, lactation cookies (YUM!!) and adding an additional 15 min of pumping to the end of each feeding session.


ALthough we tried (oh man did we try) we were unsuccessful at actual breast feeding and I had a close personal relationship with my pump for 4 months before she outgrew what I could give her and the time it took for me to pump less than half of her daily ounces wasn't worth the time. 


I'm happy to give you the recipe to the cookies if you'd like and you can find the drops in most health food stores.  

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:32 am
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Mine came in after 3 days. I have seen ups and downs in my supply as your supply doesn't normally become established until week 8. I get 5+ oz if I pump between 1am-10am. When I pump after 2pm I normally only get 2.5 oz. So morning is the best time to pump for supply.


Have you taken anything to increase your supply?

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:32 am
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My milk came in at 3 days but I never got the whole engourged thing that most mom's have.  I pump every 2-3 hours all day long and during the night.  DS doesn't nurse from me at all, he wont even attempt it.  I've been trying the whole drink 300 gallons of water and I've been eating oatmeal which is supposed to help but I havent seen any increase at all.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:51 am
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Have you tried Gatorade? I've read people can drink 1/2 of one and feel pretty immediate results. I've also read about power pumping has helped increase supply. 


Here is an article from kellymom about decrease in pumping amounts: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/pumping_decrease/

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:17 am
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Give these a try...My lactation consultant recommended 4 a day (yes please!!)


http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-chocolate-chip-lactation-cookies-by-noel-trujillo-192346

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:58 am
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The kellymom article that milkgal posted looks helpful and postive.


"Remember that the amount of milk that you pump is not a measure of your milk supply!"

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 8:54 am
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Things to check would be the flanages on your breast pump as well - if they are too small than that can impact your pumping output.


If you are exclusively pumping at this point and want to up your supply then I would make sure you are pumping every two hours during the day and then maybe give yourself one four hour stretch at night and then every three hours. It totally sucks but it will help. If you are already doing that then add another 10 minutes to each pumping session. I remember feeling like I would have no milk left and then I would be able to get one more letdown if I just kept hanging out on the pump. One way to make it easier is to just put your pump bottles plus the horns into the fridge after you pump if they aren't full so that you don't have to wash them between each pumping. My LC has said that its totally fine to just pump straight into that even if its cold.


Other things would be Motherlove More Milk Plus (this made a huge difference for me), and making sure you are eating enough calories. Doing breast compressions during pumping also may help, and having your son with you or looking at photos of him.


If you are still wanting to get your baby to the breast then get in to see an IBCLC as soon as possible. I know moms who had babies that would not nurse but they were slowly able to get them back to breast. You can try skin to skin (seriously just spend a whole day in your bed with your baby without your shirt on), nursing in a warm bath with your baby, sort of hand expressing while your baby is near, etc. I would also make sure that whatever bottles you are using have the slowest possible nipple flow so that it is the most similar to the breast.


Keep in mind as well that babies often overeat from bottles. I know this is true from when my daughter was a newborn and I had a nipple injury that was severe enough that I could not nurse for a day on that side so I pumped and gave her a bottle and she would act hungry after giving her what I was able to pump. I was so upset thinking I didn't have enough milk, but really she was overeating from the bottle and just wanted to comfort nurse/suck. I've heard it compared to thanksgiving dinner - its so easy for them to get milk from a bottle so they just continue eating like we do at thanksgiving when the food is right in front of us, but if they had to nurse to get it they wouldn't.


Normal intake is 1 oz an hour, so if you are pumping every two hours and getting 2 ozs than that is great! Make sure you pace the feedings as well and stop to burp after each ounce - that will cut down on them overeating as well.


My milk came in on day 5 with my daughter and after about 48 hours with my new son. Neither time have I felt that engorgement feeling. I felt full, and sometimes I will start to feel like I need to nurse but never rock hard. I have pumped a handful of times but never in place of a feeding and I can get anywhere from 1-4 ounces depending. I didn't pump a ton with my daughter because she didn't take a bottle after she was like two months old but I know my supply tanked when I got my period back around a year and I was able to bring it back up with pumping. I doubt you are getting your period back, but just thought I would mention that.


You might also want to get your pump checked - my old pump lost some suction and wasn't emptying me as well and my LC checked it and the motor had gone down or something and it just wasn't as strong.


Kellymom has a facebook group now btw that is pretty helpful. They took the forums down on the website but many of the old admins are now on fb and will answer questions you have there.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

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