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Is there a way to increase breast milk supply after it has gone low? I've been pumping and supplementing and unable to pump every 2 hours.

Is there a way to increase breast milk supply after it has gone low?  I've been pumping and supplementing and unable to pump every 2 hours.

Mother's Milk: It's very difficult to keep your milk supply up if you are not pumping regularly, because your body down regulates, thinking you don't need it. Still, a tea called Mother's Milk, found in GNC and other vitamin stores, works well to increase milk supply if you drink it three times daily. Also, you can try Brewer's yeast capsules. Lastly, you could ask your obstetrician for a prescription for reglan (metoclopramide) ...Read more

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How can I pump enough milk?

How can I pump enough milk?

Pump after feedings: To pump out more milk, one can try pumping after each feeding. Be sure to pump five times a day, if not after every feeding. Try massaging the breasts during pumping, to empty out as much of the milk as possible. ...Read more

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How much milk should I pump?

How much milk should I pump?

What you have: The more you pump the better your breasts will feel afterwards. Also it will stimulate your body to continue to make more milk as your baby grows older and needs more to eat. Pump until your breasts feel soft and there are no hard areas. Using a double electric pump this often only takes about 15 minutes. Manual pumps will take longer. ...Read more

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What should I do if i'm not getting a lot of milk when I pump?

What should I do if i'm not getting a lot of milk when I pump?

Keep stimulating: Bodies and breasts need to be told to make milk. The two strongest signals are direct nipple and breast stimulation and infant crying. Two things that happen a lot with breastfeeding babies. So for pumpers who arent direct feeding, the stimulation is difficult. The pump is more vacuum than stimulant. Try direct stimulation with hands, shower, etc. Pump around feeds when baby is crying a lot. ...Read more

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What number of ounces of pumped milk does you 2 month old consume in 24 hours?

What number of ounces of pumped milk does you 2 month old consume in 24 hours?

It may vary: Certainly difference 2 month olds require different amounts of breast milk to grow and most of it depends on size. In general a baby this age needs to drink 150 ml/kg in order to grow. So if a 2 month old weighs 6 kg (about 13-14 lbs) he may need to drink about 30 oz or more to grow. ...Read more

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When should I start pumping and storing milk in preparation for going back to work?

After 2-3 weeks: The first 2-3 weeks after delivery are very hectic. After that, any extra pumped milk can be bagged and stored in a deep freezer for several months. A baggie of milk can be stored in a regular freezer (of a refrigerator) for up to 1 month. ...Read more

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