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June 15th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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My daughter is 4 weeks and 2 days old. I exclusively breastfed, (NO BOTTLES) unti she was 3 1/2 weeks old. Then I started slowly supplementing, one bottle of formula a day.. Now we are up to to a few (usually once during the morning, and one or two late at night). I try to breastfeed her (from the breast) between the hours of midnight at 6am) and then I try to pump once or twice throughout the day while breastfeeding and supplementing w/formula, but i've noticed the past day or two, my breasts just do not seem to as full as they usually are...

Could my supply be decreasing.. Even though I'm still pumping, Should I try to pump more?
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June 16th, 2010, 11:24 PM
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When I started pumping exclusively after breastfeeding for months, my supply did decrease. The baby is more effective at getting the milk out then a pump. How often during the day are you breastfeeding or pumping? I know when you are exclusively pumping, you are supposed to pump every 2-4 hours. I also know that after the first 2-4 weeks, my supply leveled out more and I wasn't make quite as much as when my milk first came in. I would breastfeed her fine, but if I tried to pump, I wouldn't get that much milk out anymore for the mentioned above reasons. Also, it could depend on how soon you are pumping after you are breastfeeding.

Are you concerned that you aren't getting that much, or is it just that your breasts don't feel as full?
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June 18th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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I am still nursing her throughout the day and night, but supplementing w/formula a couple bottles a day (usually one at night as well). She normally eats every 2-3 hours and sometimes more frequently. My boobs just do not feel as full but when she nurses, I can tell there is milk in there. My boobs still get tingly
when I pump, I do not seem to be getting as much either. I am going to try pumping on more of schedule from now on to see if that will help....
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June 19th, 2010, 04:04 PM
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If you do not feel like you are making as much, I suggest continuing to pump to help increase supply.
My pedi suggested BF as much as possible at a setting and then pumping immediatley afterward. HTH.
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June 19th, 2010, 11:59 PM
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I did that as well - Pumping right after nursing. I was told this would help my supply, and it did.
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