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Old 09-29-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Will I get my supply back?

I have a 3 week old baby and while I'm trying to breastfeed it's just not working so I've been pumping while I wait for a SNS to get here. I was pumping about 4 times a day and getting between 4 and 6 oz per session but was told I needed to pump every 2-3 hours to get my supply where it needs to be. I've been doing that between today and yesterday and it feels like I'm getting less with pumping more. Now I'm lucky to get 2-4 oz per session. After a few days of this will my supply start to increase? I'm hoping I won't have to pump for much longer but if he still won't nurse with the SNS than pumping is what I'll do. I'm just nervous seeing how little I've been getting. Thanks mamas!

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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Re: Will I get my supply back?

I think 2-4 ounces every 2-3 hours is normal. I nurse 100% of the time I am home but pump during my 24 hour shifts. I also aim for 2-3 hours between sessions of pumping and usually get 2 ounces from each side with the time frame. Pumping frequently is going to be more important than the large quantity you get from waiting. Emptying the breast every 2-3 hours tells it to produce enough milk to accomodate a feeding every few hours. Longer amounts of time between sessions will eventually lead to lower production. You're doing great mama! Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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Re: Will I get my supply back?

If you do the math, you're actually making more:

4x per day X 5 oz average = 20 oz.

8x per day X 3 oz average = 24 oz.

Hang in there! Like the previous poster stated, pumping often and regularly after birth helps establish a good supply.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:44 PM   #4
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Keep up the great work. Pumping doesn't do as well as the baby nursing at the breast. Once you get the SNS it will help with your supply. Hang in their mama.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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Re: Will I get my supply back?

2-3 oz every 3 hours should be enough milk for a 3-week old. I can usually get about 2 1/2 oz from pimping, and it's enough for a missed feeding for my one-month old.

Check out the book The Nursing Mother's Companion. There is a chart in the back for calculating how much pumped milk your child needs based on weight. Or if you PM and remind me, I can send you the formula from the chart.
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