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I've been pumping and nursing since I went back to work 2 weeks ago. I feel like my milk supply is decreasing. I have tried all different things - the power pumping, pumping while nursing, pumping more frequently, fenugreek, beer, oats/oatmeal, lots of water, higher calories and it just seems to be getting less and less. & at the same time I am getting more and more clogged.
Two days ago I got backed up on my right side. I tried to nurse Tegan in all different directions, heat compresses, and massaging. It got a little better but has not completely went away. Now my left side has a clog. It is soooo tender that I want to cry while trying to massage it. Actually just sitting here I am in extreme pain. My lactation consultant just reitterated that the sucking mechanism is different between your child and a pump so it takes a while for your brain and breasts to perform for the pump.
I hate not feeling 100%
Anyone experience this ... or have any suggestions ...
Should I spend the money to 'try' another pump. Obviously I cannot return such a purchase so it would be quite an expensive option just to try. If anyone has had a similar experience and switching pumps worked I would definitely be willing to try it.
I want to see a Dr. in person today but am not even sure who would be better to consult with .. my OB/GYN or the lactation consultant?
Thanks for any input!
i could have written this EXACT SAME thread. i started pumping a month or two ago because it seemed to help a lot with his reflux. about two weeks ago my supply dropped and my left boob kept getting clogged and I was in so much pain I thought I has mastitis despite not having any other symptoms. I went to the doctor and she told me it was jsut a clogged duct and told me to keep doing all the things you mentioned, that I had already been doing. I read on kellymom.com that clogged ducts tend to happen in the winter for whatever reason. This isn't going to be helpful to you seeing as you're working, but the ONLY way to get the clog to go away was to let the baby nurse from me. I tried hot showers, heating pads, massage, pump more frequently, pump longer, etc and none of those worked for me.
If you can go see someone today, I'd try and get in with a lactation consultant. GL!!
Thanks Hayley .. I think I will set up an appt with the LC today.
Besides everything else, I think my stress levels are really affecting my milk.
Sara - I have a Medela PIS. Its the older version. I got it used from my SIL. I have had it tested and replaced all the parts so I didn't think it was my pump until I went to BRU and saw there are pumps that have a '2 phase' action to be more like a baby. I wasn't sure if that was a gimmic or if it would really make a difference.
Ahhh - that stinks. How frustrating. You said you replaced all the parts? That was going to be my suggestion, b/c I've read that the white membranes need replacing every few months and they are the #1 reason why the pump does not perform.
Another suggestion - do you have the right size nipple shield? I can see that being a problem if they are too small or too big.
I personally don't think you need to buy a new pump - the new 2 phase thing is nice, but not needed. I let down with just the regular sucking as well.
Hopefully the pumping forum has some good suggestions. The kellymom pumping forums are also great.
For the decrease in milk supply try Alfalfa tablets. You'll want to take this into consideration, because my friend is taking them to increase her little one's appetite. But in the process she said that she was so full and the increase was insane. It helps, but I don't know if you want Teagan to have an increase in appetite too. Maybe ask the lactation consultant.
You might want to go to a good vitamin store or natural food place. Sometimes the specialist that work in those places are invaluable.
As for the clogged ducts, if you don't think that the consultant is very helpful ask to see someone else. I was surprised at how each consultant differs in their knowledge and approach.
Ezra Ray 7lb. 7oz. born at 4:20
i would talk to a lactation consultant. the hospital where you delivered should have one that would talk to you for free.
from the very little experience i had BF, i had THE best pump, the hospital grade medela symphony and it was over 1,000 dollars i rented it. but i felt it was a lot of work to get milk out with it, that my baby made my milk flow awesome and the pump was a struggle. i think a lactation consultant will know all the tricks to try and is your best bet. i hope it gets better for you!
are there things that trigger leaks for you like sometimes thinking about your baby? probably a stupid suggestion.
No stupid suggestions ... I'll try most anything to get my milk flowing again!
Thanks Honu ... I did talk to a different LC this time and she was a wealth of information. She gave me a bunch of different suggestions on how to unclog blocked ducts that I had not heard of before ... like using a diaper soaked with hot water because it retains the heat and the moisture helps (before I was using a dry heat compress), also Epsom salt soak, and lesothin (sp?).
She also ordered me a hospital grade pump and kit (I had no idea my insurance covered it, only $8 a month!). & she had it shipped to my house today since I'm at risk of developing mastitis.
I feel a lot better already ... Thanks for the support!