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What Can I Do To Increase My Milk Supply While Pumping
Is there anything I can do to increase my milk supply? I feel like its very low. I pump around 2.5-3oz every 3hrs sometimes more give or take
Nurse baby naturally: The stimulation of the real baby on the nipple is much greater to produce milk than a pump. Babies nurse in a burst of suckling with a rest time, whereas the pump provides continuous stimulation. Natural suckling will produce more milk. Drink more water, try going to bed with baby for a day and nursing on demand, this can really bump up your supply. Great job nursing! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I increase my milk supply? I've increased the water i drink and i've been pumping on top of nursing but i still have little milk.
Will milk come in even if Im not breastfeeding right away? will the milk supply still increase? I don't wanna pump or breastfeed until my milk is in
Be like in nature!: In nature, does the baby breastfeed first, or does the milk come in first? The answer is: the baby feeds at birth, right away on the Mom's breasts, but the milk comes in later, after 2 days. The baby does NOT wait 2 days with nothing to suck on, until Mom's milk comes. Also, Mom's milk comes BECAUSE her baby is sucking on her breasts every 2-3 hours. it helps to pump now and breastfeed now. ...Read more
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
It's possible: Pumping only is not as emotionally bonding as when actually allowing your baby to nurse at the breast. Something about the skin to skin contact that is good for both mother and baby--thereby enhancing the milk supply. Having said that, in my 30 years of pediatric practice there have been mothers to successfully support their baby by only pumping;--so it is possible--just not as likely. ...Read more
Supply and demand: Lactation is a supply/demand process. The more the breast and brain are stimulated by nursing an infant or the simulation of this ( pumping) the more milk your body should produce. Some women find that they produce more milk with actual nursing than by pumping. Get plenty if rest, try not to stress and stay hydrated to maximize your potential. The herb fenugreek may also increase your production. ...Read more
Not really: Missing one pump may decrease a little but can be made up with pumping more frequently later...Missing it consecutively for a few days...Yes your breasts will consider that a missed feed and decrease for that time frame. ...Read more
Maintains, supports: Most bf moms will face a baby that has periods of vigerous demand & days of marginal feeding interest. Some with generous production just have more milk and engorgement is not pleasent. Pumping may not extract as much as baby, but it can help soften the breast for a better latch & lay up a supply for daddy night bottles or reserves if a short trip or surgery is needed. I see no downside to pumping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer