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Old 04-02-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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My DD is five weeks old. Because of medical issues, she is unable to feed directly from the breast (probably for another 2-3 months) so I have been exclusively pumping since 1 week post partum.
Since then, I have been making progressively more milk and now I'm making 50+ ounces a day (DD only eats 20 oz/day max) and its kind of out of control! I've had to buy another freezer to store it all and its hard to keep up with nutritionally making that much milk (despite drinking gallons of water/Gatorade etc and eating thousands of healthy calories I still nearly pass out twice a week). Not to mention all the sleep I'm not getting because I have to pump every few hours around the clock! Lactation specialists have brushed it off telling me it'll regulate once she's breastfed again (months) and that i should be happy to have such an abundant (over) supply, but I can't do this anymore! I've tried to decrease pumping to decrease supply (pumped every 4 hrs instead of 3) but ended up with the most painful clogged ducts I ever had after just one day. Help!

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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Re: How to safely decrease supply!?

I weaned my son at 5 months pretty much cold turkey and didnt have an issues. I was sore, don't get me wrong, but no mastitis or clogged ducts. I would just take out a pumping session every three to four days or until your boobs are no longer engorged during that session. Think about which session she probably wouldn't nurse 3 months from now and cut that one out. I would do the mid morning mid afternoon or any of the middle of the night ones.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Re: How to safely decrease supply!?

I completely understand your frustration!! I'm in my 7th month of EPing and my goal is to be done pumping by the end of June and have a big enough stash in my freezers (all 3 of them!) to get my little one through at least a year of breastmilk and no cow's milk. I've tried going from 5 sessions a day down to 4, but that was a disaster, especially when I tried not to pump in the middle of the night and just sleep through it...leaked all over my sheets, clogged ducts, and still had a lot of milk! I'd like to hear what people say too...my thoughts are to maybe still keep the same number of pumping sessions, but don't pump as long/don't completely drain your breasts at each session??? I would think that if you cut down on the expressed amount, your body should slowly adjust and not produce as much...seems more do-able than quiting cold turkey!

Sorry I don't have advice, just know I'm in the same boat!
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Re: How to safely decrease supply!?

Try sage tea. Around three cups per day should decrease your supply and then try cutting down a pumping session. I am pretty jealous because I am dealing with a low/barely adequate supply and EPing and it sucks to only pump like 18-20 oz. Per day.
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I wish this was me, peppermint is supposed to reduce oversupply.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:04 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice! What I did was VERY gradually space my sessions further apart until I got rid of one session altogether. I seem to make slightly more milk per session than before, but overall, I'm less engorged all the time and make about 5-10 oz less a day which may seem small but makes a HUGE differnce! Thanks again!

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Re: How to safely decrease supply!?

Also, another resource for those interested in reducing/weaning from the pump: http://www.exclusivelypumping.com/20...from-the-pump/
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Re: How to safely decrease supply!?

Peppermint has also worked GREAT!
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