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September 12th, 2013, 02:10 PM
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So I'm reading a BF-ing book right now and it's made me a little nervous. Saying if I don't stay home for 3 months with baby I won't be able to provide enough milk for growth spurts. I can't do that. I have 6 weeks lol.

But I CAN up my supply right? Trick my body into making extra to give daycare if they need? I *really* want it to work. :-/

Anyways, if I'm trying to up my supply should I pump after I'm done feeding baby? Will that do anything or not?
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September 12th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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It depends on the mama, tbh. Some can easily of their supply, some can't. You could always look into think like Mother's Milk tea to help if you feel you are having issues.

I would suggest pumping between nursing in the beginning, not right after nursing. If you do it right after, I think you'll just get hind milk, when you want a mix of fore milk and hind milk. Unless baby just nurses from one breast, then pump the other breast right after.

If you're determined, you can succeed! Though it will be a lot of work. Good luck!
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September 13th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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Maybe it'll help that I work 4 days a week too. I could spend that day focused in feeding baby directly if he's growth spurting?

I was going to write more but it's really hard when I can't see anything that I'm writing!!!!!
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September 13th, 2013, 09:48 AM
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There are a lot of things to factor in! First off, YOU CAN DO IT!

Since you know you don't have a huge amount of time home with LO, I would start pumping after about a week. Your supply will typically be the strongest in the morning, because our bodies are resting overnight (even though it may not feel like it at times!). My babies only nurse 1 side per feeding typically, so I would pump right after their first morning feed. My left produces more milk, so I would feed them on the right side, then double pump (so the right would get the nursing + pumping to try and keep me balanced ). I would pump for 15-20 minutes. I built quite the stash.....1,000 oz with #2 and #3 (#1 I EPed with and he drank so much more from a bottle and I couldn't pump too often).

You can take Fenugreek to help you produce more milk. It'll make you smell like maple syrup, but hey, there are worse things to smell like. I think they are a few other herbs too, but I have always done fine with just that. Make sure you stay super hydrated and I found eating a good amount of protein helped me too. Monster cookies are delish and help me too. I would also drink a huge glass of water before going to bed.

I think because you will be able to nurse 3 days a week, you'll be good!

Depending on how long you work those 4 days, you'll need to pump a few times.
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September 13th, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Thanks Kris! I was starting to feel a little discouraged. Fingers crossed!
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September 30th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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I have BF 4 babies and find it good to pump right after nursing. It does seem to trick my body... essentially the body thinks baby is eating more and makes more. I also would find a time when I knew baby would sleep for a lil bit and pump as an extra time. Our ped also mentioned the fenugreek. Another lady I know was told to eat whole fat icecream and she swore it helped boost her supply. Make sure you drink plenty of water. At work I would pump at intervals that baby would normally eat... ever 3 hr or so.

Pumping is tricky. You will need a good double pump most likely. I have always used medela. I was never successful pumping only one side at a time. It took the stimulation of both to get a good amount of milk for me. You need to be able to relax... that's the key to getting milk. Milk will let down better if you are relaxed. Look at a pic of baby and our ped also recommends having something that smells like baby.

Hope this helps.
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