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November 8th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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Is it possible to bring back a low milk supply at 16 months post partum??

I posted a while back that DD was biting while nursing. That got better for a while and we seemed back on track. She started biting again last week and since then I've been pumping rather than nursing. Every time I try nursing she just bites now.

Telling her "no" doesn't work very well. taking her off the breast doesn't either.

So I'm trying to pump and give her breastmilk that way. Problem is, I don't get much with pumping and now I'm down to less than an ounce. I wonder if she's frustrated with my low supply as well and that might be why she's biting.

It's so important to me to keep giving her breastmilk. I didn't realize how strongly I feel about it until I couldn't do it anymore and I kept bursting into tears.

I'd really appreciate any advice anyone has. TIA!
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November 8th, 2010, 08:16 AM
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I can't get anything pumping anymore (my dd is 21 months) and haven't been able to in quite some time. I still think I have plenty of milk though, because dd is quite the boobie monster.

Try upping the water, oatmeal, all that. It might make a difference. But my hunch is her biting has way more to do with her mouth hurting than your supply.

Sorry you're going through this.
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November 8th, 2010, 09:33 AM
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Aw, sorry to hear about your hurdles YES! It is possible. I would increase your water intake, try power pumping, and any galactagogues you can (oatmeal, fenugreek, etc). Hang in there!!!
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November 8th, 2010, 12:35 PM
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Aw, sorry to hear about your hurdles YES! It is possible. I would increase your water intake, try power pumping, and any galactagogues you can (oatmeal, fenugreek, etc). Hang in there!!!
What's power pumping??

I'm going out when DH gets home tonight to stock up on oatmeal and anything else I can find. I tried getting Mother's Milk Tea and they don't have anything in stock nearby so I'll have to try fenugreek on its own. I hope it works!
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November 8th, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Power pumping (it should be a sticky in the pumping forum) is where you pump for an hour-- you pump 10 minutes, stop for 10 minutes, pump 10, stop for 10, etc. It is supposed to simulate cluster feeding.

Our Target sells Mother's Milk tea.
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November 8th, 2010, 05:50 PM
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Thanks Meredith I'll try that!

I'm in Canada and we don't have Target here, unfortunately. I don't even think they sell the tea in Canada anymore. I know I saw it a long time ago (before I was pregnant) but not since.

Figures.
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November 9th, 2010, 04:00 AM
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I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I don't have anything to add to what Meredith told you. Try to keep us updated on how everything is going; you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
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