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December 17th, 2011, 11:12 AM
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How do I get more enough milk pumping to make it worth it? I only get like 2 oz at a time, and it hurts my nipples. It is super annoying. I know I make plenty of milk. I want to stock up in case my milk dries up when I get pregnant.....

My son is 8.5 months old and I am TTC #2.

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December 17th, 2011, 06:34 PM
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Are you pumping right after you feed him? Because if so, then 2 oz over and above what you are making for him is not that bad. If you think you have more milk though and the pump isn't getting it all out, then try breast compressions while you are pumping (that always helps me). You can also try a different size flange if it is not fitting your nipple right (there is a great thread above ... I think in the pumping tips section that talks about how they should fit). This might definitely be the case if it is hurting to pump.

I am sure some of the more experienced ladies may have some other advice, but as someone who has been bfing and pumping both for almost 7 months now, that is off the top of my head.
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December 18th, 2011, 06:02 PM
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yep, what she said above me. Also, sometimes pumping takes some getting used to. I was much more sore when I started pumping, but I got used to it over time. I also would put on lanolin after pumping to help with some soreness. Some people don't respond as well to the pump and it will be hard to get more. Or, if you haven't been pumping much then it will take time to tell your body to make more milk. At your DS's age your supply is pretty well established so it may take more time to trigger your body to increase it's output.

Good luck!

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December 31st, 2011, 04:02 AM
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I was going to suggest someting to increase supply .. I have just started taking fenugreek .. I'm hoping it works!
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December 31st, 2011, 12:21 PM
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keep going. it takes a while.
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January 2nd, 2012, 06:14 AM
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Just keep pumping, I'd try different flanges- maybe soft shell? But 2 ounces after nursing is great. I don't know how much any supplements at this point would help as your milk is so established at this point. You will toughen up the more you pump, the pump is very harsh. You can try and put some olive oil on the inside of the flange and it will help grease you up a little big to make pumping more bearable.
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January 3rd, 2012, 07:12 PM
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If I get 2 oz I'm pretty happy! I feel like that's pretty good if you're BFing full time as well.
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January 3rd, 2012, 07:49 PM
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i use hard shell shields (all of this info was provided to me by a lactation consultant), the soft shields have actually been discontinued by medela they said because they inhibit milk production. she also said:
- fenugreek but take 2x the recommended on the bottle (get just fenugreek, no fillers she said) and she said as long as you don't have any thyroid or liver problems it's ok to take
- oatmeal
- malt (ovaltine or beer)
- also massaging your breasts and squeezing them while you pump really works. when i do that, i get an extra half to a full ounce.
- hospital grade pump (you can rent them) like the medela symphony.
- eating a well balanced diet...if you diet (to lose weight) you'll see a decrease in your milk supply

i had the freestyle and i switch to renting the symphony and my supply doubled. i also eat oatmeal every day for breakfast and take fenugreek.
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