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May 16th, 2011, 01:45 PM
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So I read all these posts about people who get insane (insane to me anyway) amounts of milk when pumping. Most people I read about get a min of 2oz per breast each session.

I am pumping every 2-3 hours. I am taking fenugreek, milk thistle, and I'm on Reglan. I just rented a hospital pump which has doubled my output, but I am STILL only getting 1-2oz a session, not per breast, per session. I tried double pumping and I get even less that way because my breast are so large I have to press the flanges hard against my breasts to get sufficient suction.

Here is my question. I am lead to believe the only left that could me keeping me with such a low supply is nutrition. I had a gastric bypass in 2008 and so my body doesn't absorb nutrients very well. Could this be my main culprit in such a small output? I do notice the herbs/hospital pump make a difference because I was only getting .5-1 oz a session before, but it is so frustrating to work so hard trying to get a good supply up and not even be able to feed baby breast milk exclusively.
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May 16th, 2011, 02:17 PM
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Hmmm...could be, also are you drinking enough water? I get about 3oz from my left breast and 2 oz from my right about every 3 hours. I try to drink a lot of water, I snack a lot during the day and eat at least one bowl of oatmeal (or homemade oatmeal cookies if I made any that week) just to keep the 5oz (sometimes 6) ounces I'm pumping a session. If I miss an oatmeal or go to long between pumping to often my supply DROPS and it takes me DAYS to get it back up so I really try to keep up with it and pump like clockwork ( I even pump once, sometimes 2x at night as well)

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May 17th, 2011, 03:03 AM
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ditto to the above. You do have to eat an insane amount of water. Have you tried eating higher calorie foods or is there something that your body can absorb more efficiently?? Forgive my ignorance but would it be a good time to start experimenting with ice cream

I also wanted to pick up on your comment about your breasts. Are you sure you have the right sized shields?? I have large breasts too (H now that I've stopped breastfeeding) but I was one of those people who was lucky enough to have an oversupply. I would have thought that you should still be able to double pump. Check out this threads for links to fitting advice


I hope that helps a little.

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May 17th, 2011, 08:12 AM
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I also say keep the water a-flowin'. i notice a difference from when I don't drink a lot of water. (which reminds, me, need to fill up the old mug!)

As for the fit - try larger shields. Talk to the lactation staff at the hospital where you got the pump. they hopefully can point you in a great direction.

Keep up the hard work momma! Pumping is a pain, but you're doign great work for your LO.

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