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February 6th, 2011, 06:34 AM
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So you would think that my 4th time around I'd know what to do, but I'm curious as to what has really worked for you ladies to amp up your supply. My little Caleb was preterm and nurses completely different than my other 3...they were baracudas, and would use me as a paci. Caleb gets his fill and then pulls off. So I'm not overproducing like I did with my others. My problem is that when I work, I can only pump 3oz...that concerns me. So, I've been trying to up my supply. A 3 day nursing sabbatical isn't going to happen b/c I am too busy. I've been taking fenugreek and trying to pump when I can throughout the day, eating oatmeal (the good kind) and increasing my water. Anyone have any advice as to something else I could try, b/c I haven't noticed any difference? Thanks!
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February 6th, 2011, 06:45 AM
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I always got 2-4oz per pumping session, for the almost 19 months I PT pumped for DD. You can try power pumping (info at the pumping mommies board), mother's milk tea (4-5 cups a day), more milk plus supplements. also, when you pump, try pumping for 5 minutes after the flow stops. Do you double pump? this always triggered more letdowns for me.
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February 6th, 2011, 02:45 PM
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Yeah, I have a double pump and I work at a hospital so I actually use a hospital grade pump and still get just 3 oz per session. I do pump for a few minutes after my final letdown, but sometimes I just don't have the time to pump as long as I should at work. I think I'll get mother's milk tea and try that, too.
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February 6th, 2011, 05:11 PM
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If I drink 4-5 cups of mother's milk tea a day, i get 1-2 ounces more. (i brew two bags in a big cup)
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February 6th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Water, water, and WATER help me a lot. If I drink a big glass of water before bed I usually wake up with a soaked shirt.

Oatmeal also helps.
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February 6th, 2011, 10:15 PM
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I think it's called power pumping, what my friends said worked for them.... spend 1 hour in the evening. Pump 10 minutes, rest 10 minutes, pump 10 minutes, etc. 3 days of that, 1 hour an evening, and they all said their supply jumped up.
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