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March 23rd, 2010, 01:57 PM
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I had an unplanned c-section february 28th and i tried nursing for awhile until the doctor asked me to supplement with formula. about a week after my c-section it became severely infected and i also had an infection in my uterus from my water being broke for 15 hours before delivery. My doctor treated me with 2 IV antibiotics and i just finished yesterday. My milk came in but im only able to pump 5-10 ML from each breast pumping every 2-3 hours, and ive continuously have been pumping since she was born basically. I was just wondering if any one had been through this or could have some advice. I eat healthy and drink plenty of water, i feel like im doing everything right....but i cant get more than half an ounce from pumping.
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March 23rd, 2010, 02:53 PM
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I had a hard time getting enough milk with Gaby, and by the time she was 2 weeks old, she was fully formula fed....

I would perhaps post on the pumping board, and see if anyone there has some tips for you?????

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March 26th, 2010, 12:37 AM
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I am a pumping mother, and I know how hard it is! I agree with Emma - The ladies on the pumping board are great, and might be able to help you!
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March 26th, 2010, 09:32 PM
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Pumping does not remove milk as effectively as baby. Are you able to get her to nurse? That's the best way to get your supply to where it needs to be, nursing her on demand. Her nursing sends the signals to your body that it needs to make more milk. Oatmeal is a natural thing that you can eat to help with supply too. I had to supplement with my oldest because he was a big baby and my supply wasn't adequate at first. Nurse, then feed formula after nursing both sides. After a couple months I was able to exclusively nurse without supplementing anymore.

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March 27th, 2010, 06:11 AM
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Ditto to Samuelsmommy re. pumping not being as effective as nursing. The baby does a much better job of stimulating letdown than any pump can, particularly in the beginning when it is such a supply and demand 'game'. I guess though if your baby is getting formula too, then it may not be as hungry when nursing - I don't know enough about b'feeding and ff at the same time but I hope you get some answers to help.

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March 27th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I would definitely go ask on the nursing and/or pumping boards, but it sounds like the pumping and supplementing is the likely cause for low supply.

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