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Old 07-30-2006, 10:00 PM   #11
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Re: I am going to be a donor & need your help..

I donated privately when I was nursing #2. It's a great feeling! This time around I am pumping for my nephew. My sis got pg again and her supply is suffering. He's almost a year old so he doesn't need much. I pump first thing in the am when my supply is greatest. Do you have a double pump? I would also recommend lots of water. Oatmeal and mother's milk tea can also increase your supply. Good luck!

Has your friend considered going off the pill?

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:20 PM   #12
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Great job helping her out! I donoted to a milk bank but only four ounces a day. That will be quite a lot to meet all of her baby's needs. Every bit of breastmilk that child gets will help, though, so even if you only pump enough for one feeding a day, you are helping a lot!

Does the mom have any milk supply left? If so, could she stop taking the bcp (maybe try the mini pill instead) and work on getting her own supply back up. Again, even partial feeding is better than none.

I am quite upset that her doctor would prescribe bcp for her while bfing!! It is known that they affect milk supply and that is why the minipill is prescribed to nursing moms.
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Re: I am going to be a donor & need your help..

I have been a donor here is what I did....

Started with high doses of fenugreek (raglan would have been good too)
I pumped one side everytime my dd nursed.
I pumped an hour after she went to bed and I knew it would be awhile before she needed to nurse.
I managed to get about 20oz a day doing this.

It's a lot of work, but you're doing a tremendous thing for her.
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Old 07-31-2006, 06:22 PM   #14
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Good for you momma!! I actually have a momma here on DS that is pumping for me, and it's people like you and her that are guardian angels to those of us with low milk supply!
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Re: I am going to be a donor & need your help..

You can also contact www.milkshare.com they’re a group of women who do private (mom to mom) donations. (if she needs additional milk etc).

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