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Old 10-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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So we had 3 weeks of my daughter nursing every 20 minutes and screaming non stop when she wasn't nursing, aside from the 6 hours she'd sleep at night. (and that was with 1-2 feedings interrupting it. We finally caved and supplemented formula. Well, with two feedings a day of formula she was super happy, but my boobs like STOPPED producing. I can get 2-3 ounces every 2-3 days. I've started taking Fenugreek, and pumping every night, but need some encouragement and tips for upping my supply. I'd like to get my daughter back on to more me than formula.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Nurse, nurse, nurse! That's the best thing. Stay hydrated, but it sounds like you're doing that. Fenugreek should help. Oatmeal for breakfast couldn't hurt. good luck!
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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Extra pumping sessions after you nurse also helps though it's a pain in the neck to do. You can also try adding Blessed Thistle to the Fenugreek (see kellymom.com for information) in addition to eating oatmeal.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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Pump the off-side while LO nurses, if you can manage the juggling act. Pump frequently even if LO isn't nursing. Avoid things that can tank your supply (if the winter cold season has already hit, don't take sudefed). And yes, well hydrated and good nutrition.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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Lots of water and eat lots of oatmeal, if your a soda drinker, cut back on it some.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:17 AM   #6
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I had to go on Reglan to get my supply back. I am on that and fenugreek. I also breastfeed as much as I can and it worked. I always offered the breast before the bottle and after. THat really helped my supply. I got an SNS system too that helped to give him what he wanted, but stimulate the breast at the same time.

I went from breastfeeding only 2 times per day to EBFing him now.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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Re: Rebuilding supply

I also used the prescription route to rebuild my supply -- Domperidone -- and it worked SO well. I also pumped like mad and took enough Fenugreek to be smelling like pancakes (up to 9 500mg capsules a day!).
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:06 PM   #8
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Thank you for all the support ladies. But sadly I've had to toss in the nursing cover. I've been pumping, and trying to feed her and taking fenugreek till I'm nauseaus. But nothing... I now get absolutely nothing when I pump for 5-6 minutes. And Ava sucks for a minute then gets mad cuz she's not getting anything either. I tried at least right? :-(
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:09 PM   #9
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Thats a bummer that you had to stop. Its a tough decision but you have to do whats best for you and your LO. Good luck!
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