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I just pumped. Got my usual less than once oz from both breasts combined. Anyways, tonight I noticed my milk looks like cloudy water, does that mean my milk is about dried up? I was hoping to make it till Kaya was 6 weeks old .......Anyone?
In the begining your body isn't going to be making that much milk because your baby doesnt need that much! Keep with it and go get some supplements to help you! I use Fenugreek and Milk Thistle and the two of them combined work GREAT to boost up your milk supply!!!
Cloudy milk doesnt mean anything...that is usually the begining milk that comes out...how long are you pumping for?
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I don't think your milk is gone. The cloudy milk is normal. I would increase your pumping to every two hours and try to simulate a let down. Do a breast massage and nipple stimulation before you pump and this will help you to get a let down.
Thanks for the responses. Ok, here is my pumping/nursing schedule. I let Kaya nurse at 9am, 3pm, and I pump at 9pm. If Kaya doesn't nurse I'll pump in place of the nursing times. When she nurses her mouth is usually full of milk ? I know I should pump/nurse more, but I don't want to. I really don't like bf'ing at all, but I am sticking with it for Kaya's sake. The rest of the time Kaya is supplemented. Yes, I realize that messes with my milk supply, but I figure some bm is better than none.
Ps: I do feel let down quite often during the day, but it isn't at my pumping or nursing time ! When I feel that should I jump on the pump?
I would think that would be a great idea. If you pump every time you feel a let down coming on, you would probably pump more.
It sounds like you have a good idea on what you need to do to increase your supply. Breastfeeding works on supply and demand so the more you empty breasts the more milk you will make. If it is draining you maybe you could try doing some power pumping or cluster nursing a few times a day to try to help boost your supply.