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Old 10-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Hello ladies!
I've been having trouble with my supply since I returned to work 4 months ago. Basically my supply tanked and I've been pumping at max two bottles a day for my now 8mo old. I just hate the idea of having to buy formula for him but he needs it. I am now only pumping about 2 ounces per session for the past week and am having more anxiety over it. Natural fenugreek hasn't work and I'm reluctant to use meds.

I would ideally like to BF for a year but its so saddening to see how little I make for him.

Just need a few words of encouragement to get me through this. TIA

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Old 10-03-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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First - congrats on making it EIGHT months! Pat yourself on the back.

Second - you are normal. The average, normal woman is only able to pump 1-3 ounces per session (NOT per breast).

Third - Any amount of breastmilk you give your LO is a gift no matter how small it may seem.

I understand your plight. I had to start my LO on formula because I can't pump as much as he's eating in a day. But some breastmilk is better than none, so keep it up! Maybe you could set a timer for 15 minutes and read a book while you pump? Make it somewhat enjoyable for you (like a break), and just remember any amount is better than no amount
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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You can do it!! I exclusively pumped for my son for a year! Try pumping more often& drink lots of water! If you feel you need to supplement a little that's ok, some breast milk is better then quitting altogether. Stay strong!
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Have you replaced the "replaceable" pump parts on your pump? Often those are the biggest problem when moms start seeing a decrease in output.

That said, we all have to do what is right of our babies, bodies and families. There are plenty of moms that give formula during the day while they're gone and nurse exclusively while they're together.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Re: Need Support! Thinking of throwing in yhe towel!

Congrats on making it 8 months! I pumped for 10 months for my first one and I'm almost at 11 months with my 2nd.

-Make sure your parts are working right, no holes, or gunk clogging anything.
-Drink a ton of water and eat snacks throughout the day
-Look at pictures of your baby and visualize your milk flow coming, or think of a waterfall and try to RELAX
-Try to be consistent with the times of day you pump and get your body on a schedule

Are you taking birth control? My first babe I tanked my supply because I was on birth control and did supplement with formula. This time around, I have been without and I just had my 2nd postpartum period. It has been better for my milk. But everyone is different, so talk to your doctor.

And remember, every bit of milk is liquid gold!
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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I agree with MsEggsForever...pump more often and stay hydrated! I went through the SW thing with my second son and just attempting to pump more often and consistently did the trick...along with patience. Good look!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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I have always been in awe of mamas who pump at work...four months of that is quite an accomplishment! I dont know much about pumping so no advice on increasing output there. But like the others have said, you can still continue BF even if supplemented with formula. My former boss was still nursing her 3 year old, and she has worked 11+ hour days basically since he was born So there is hope for you to continue nursing 12+ months! How is he nursing when you're together? If that is a problem, I would focus on nursing as much as possible when you're together and doing all the usual tricks to keep supply up and baby interested...no bottles at home, nurse before solids, cosleeping, skin to skin, etc.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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Hydration. NO meds for allergies or runny noses. That literally cut my supply in half last kiddo. I never have trouble. I pump 12 oz in 2 sessions during my 7 hour day, but I know I'm lucky. I think I have some mothers milk tea I can send you if you want. Make sure all your pump parts, especially membranes, are functioning properly. Bring a picture and something that smells like baby for pumping.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:27 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone! I will definitely check my pump and make sure it's clean and functioning. I didn't even think about that! I used to drink mothers milk everyday. Might try it again as just a relaxer (I actually like the taste).

Ill see about getting an extra pumping session in too.

Baby latches pretty well and is good at draining when he nurses. I just think work stress and stress from keeping up supply is harming me. Not on any meds either.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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I don't know what pump you have, but my Ameda Purely Yours started having very weak suction (even though I almost never use it), and after I researched it I found out it's a pretty common issue with them. It tanked my pumping output, too (though my supply wasn't an issue during BF).
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