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Old May 31st, 2017, 15:52 PM   1
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Pumping.... supply is drying up. UPDATE!!


How do you know/what do you do if you think your supply is drying up?

I express (but dont bf) I do so 3 times a day giving 6oz a day roughly. However its dropped to 3oz last couple of days n today.... i have expressed twice and each time got less than 0.5oz!!!!

Does this mean I can no longer express at all for my baby girl? She has been combo fed all this time. She is 5weeks today.

I just want to cry I overcome a lot to express and now it seems I cant!

I tried bf but baby girl never got the hang of latching due to having a bottle first. So expressing was working well for us as she was still getting breastmilk and I felt so happy.

Is there anyway I can keep expressing or am I just going to get more sore. Im very very upset



 
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Old May 31st, 2017, 15:58 PM   2
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call La Leche League. ITS FREE!!!!!



 
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 06:12 AM   3
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I'm so sorry you're struggling! I wish I had some advice for you. I agree, contact a professional, they should be able to help! Best of luck, and I hope you're able to continue pumping for your baby. I know how devastating it is to struggle with supply issues.



 
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 09:58 AM   4
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I know obviously it takes time to pump but have you tried doing it more often? A 5 week old would usually bf far more than 3 times a day maybe your body is getting a bit confused? I agree with pp about phoning le leche league or finding a breastfeeding consultant or support group. Did you have her latch assessed or just assume it was due to the bottle? She could have a tongue or lip tie which caused her problems. My DD had an 80% tie it took her a while to latch without help she had to learn her own special way to do it without using her tongue. Hope you can get your supply back up again



 
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 14:39 PM   5
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I agree, contact a lactation consultant asap. Also, as the pp said you should be pumping as many times a day as she's eating so about every 2 hrs. You can try mothers milk tea or fenugreek in the meantime to help boost your supply.

My dd1 had lip tie and she had major latch issues. I ended up giving up and formula feeding. It wasn't until later at her first dentist appt that we figured it out.

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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 08:11 AM   6
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I know in my particular case fenugreek made DD gassy and miserable, so I had to quit taking it. And of course most of the teas sold to boost milk supply are mainly fenugreek! A ton of women have success with moringa/malunggay boosting their supply, and it's pretty cheap on Amazon. I've been taking it for over a week now and haven't really found an increase personally, but it seems to work for most women. Nothing I've tried has worked yet, but I seem to be part of that minority.

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Old Jun 3rd, 2017, 06:06 AM   7
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I think i may try the fenugreek as had a few people mention it now. Where sells it please?

With baby girl being poorly in n out of hospital n now ds has had his tonsilectomy things are a bit crazy n im sooo tired.
Last night i tried to pump middle of the night feed at 12.30am but was just to tired to keep my eyes open however the next feed maddie is always awake for 30mins to an hour. This is at 4-5am. Today it was 5am. I did a quick 10min pump each side n got half oz. Not a lot but as i have never pumped at that time thought was ok. Then pumped at 10am 15mins each side n ended up with 1.5oz. I used to get 3oz every 9-10am pump. Fingers crossed the fenugreek helps i will get some this weekend.

Fingers crossed it works ladies.

Any tips on how much i should take or what time of day etc....



 
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Old Jun 3rd, 2017, 20:21 PM   8
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If you're in the US, walmart sells it in the vitamin isle. Below is a link for information on dosage. I take 3 capsules 3x a day when I need a boost. It has helped me. Also lots of water and oatmeal can help.

http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastf...rbs/fenugreek/



 
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Old Jun 5th, 2017, 05:58 AM   9
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I've noticed when I first pump at a new time that my body isn't used to, the same thing happens to me. I don't get much at that new pumping time and the next pumping session is less than I'm used to. But if you stick with it, you do end up getting more at both pumping sessions.



 
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Old Jun 7th, 2017, 04:18 AM   10
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Thank you for all your advice ladies. Yesterday my fenugreek arrived. I took 3 capsules n when i pumped couple hours later actually got just under 1oz. This morning i have pumped and again have got just under an oz! Much better than less than 0.5oz. I have taken 3more capsules this morning so will see if the after lunch pump is any better. So far i feel im seeing a good increase xx



 
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