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February 16th, 2013, 03:39 PM
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I had my son on the 13th and I can only get 1/2 a ounce to an ounce out of each side. I have to pump because he wont take me. So how do I boost my milk why is it so low already?
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February 16th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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how often are you pumping? I would try pumping every hour and a half to two hours in the beginning, for at least 15 minutes on each side, that will help increase your milk supply. There are also supplements you can take (Mothers milk tea and fenugreek) though I would suggest talking to your pediatrician and a lactation consultant first.

I am pumping too as Creighton can not latch, so I know what you are going through as this time my supply was very low. He was born on the 31st and my milk didn't come in until the 3rd then I was only getting 1/2 oz out of each side so I started pumping every 1 1/2 hours and got up to an ounce out of each side, now I did a week of mothers milk tea and pumping every 2 hours and I get 2 oz out of each breast.
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February 16th, 2013, 04:37 PM
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I am trying to pump every 1.5 to 2 hours but at night I pump every 3 hours because I am still very sore after my c-section. (They kept me only 1 night after so most of my healing and all is taking place here at home)
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February 16th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Massaging the breast while pumping increases the output. Using Hands On Pumping to Increase Milk Supply
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February 16th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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How much is your son eating currently? Does it seem he is still hungry after he eats? Are you just looking to up the supply so that you can have a reserve of milk? I agree with jojow, I find that massaging and trying to help with hand expression while I am pumping helps me get the milk to come down
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February 16th, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Right now he eats 1.5oz to 2oz a feeding he seems full I am trying to get him to eat every 2-3 hours but he wants to eat every 4-5 hours. I am looking to boost it because I want to be able to give him enough milk and it would be nice to be able to store it too.
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February 16th, 2013, 06:12 PM
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It sounds like he is eating the right amount. Creighton was taking 1-2 oz every 4 hours in the beginning. Now he is taking between 2-3 oz anywhere from every 2-5 hours depending. Sometimes he takes 2 oz then an hour later another 1 oz then an hour later another 1 oz. I don't set him to a schedule but rather feed him when he is hungry like I would if he were nursing. My Ped said that it was best to let him do on demand, but not to let him go more then 4 hours during the day without making him eat and 5 hours at night.

I would definatly try massaging your breast before and during pumping and if you feel the need to supplement call your pediatrician first
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February 16th, 2013, 06:17 PM
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Thank you so much. I just felt like he wasnt eating enough and I was not making enough.
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February 16th, 2013, 07:07 PM
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It's common for your milk to not really, fully come in for up to a week after giving birth, anyway. It's only been 3 days. You should start getting a better supply in the next couple days. And I wouldn't worry about him eating every 4-ish hours the first couple days since babies have extra fluid reserves to get them through the first days of waiting for your milk to come in.
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February 16th, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Babies eat only a few tablespoons at each feeding during the first few days, at least that is what I was told and then the guidelines below were given to me, but keep in mind what my Ped told me.. these are only guidelines and each baby is different and has different needs

Age.......................# Feeds...............oz/feed.....Total (oz)/day
1-2 weeks..............6-10....................2-3...........12-30
3-4 weeks..............6-8......................3-4...........18-32
1-2 months............5-6.......................4-5...........20-30
2-3 months............5-6.......................5-6...........25-36
3-4 months............4-5.......................6-7...........24-35
4-7 months............4-5.......................7-8...........28-40
7-9 months............3-4.......................7-8...........21-32
9-12 months..........3..........................7-8...........21-24
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February 16th, 2013, 10:23 PM
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I would try oatmeal. I ate oatmeal cookies like there was no tomorrow when my supply dropped with dd1 and it really seemed to work. I drank tons of water as well. I also always fed on demand.
If it has only been a few days I wouldnt stress about it since it can take your body a little to really start producing milk.
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February 17th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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I agree, I have also been eating tons of oatmeal, oatmeal for breakfast, lunch on oatmeal bread and oatmeal cookies for snacks!
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February 17th, 2013, 10:34 PM
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I agree with the oat thing. I have granola bars and oatmeal when I find my supply dwindling (well, I did with my last DS) and it really seems to help. Fenugreek worked but it made me seem to only have more foremilk. You should be about 5 days in now so I hope that things are getting better for you as far as supply goes. With my last DS, I didn't even have my milk come in until day 5. I was lucky this time in that it came in at day 2.
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February 18th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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This is all helpful information. I too have to pump exclusively because my baby cant latch either. My question is though why does my baby spit up BM versus formula when I supplement? Is it something Im eating or drinking?
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February 18th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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This is all helpful information. I too have to pump exclusively because my baby cant latch either. My question is though why does my baby spit up BM versus formula when I supplement? Is it something Im eating or drinking?
I don't have an answer for that but perhaps it is because the BM is "lighter" or less heavy and more easily gets up into the esophagus? I usually let Creighton sit for 10 minutes after I feed him before i burp because I notice that if I do it sooner then that his burps tend to be "chunky"
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February 18th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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This is all helpful information. I too have to pump exclusively because my baby cant latch either. My question is though why does my baby spit up BM versus formula when I supplement? Is it something Im eating or drinking?
It's possible baby is having a little reflux, especially if you've been eating spicy food. Remember, everything you eat or drink gets transferred to baby.
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