Pumping and milk supply

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angelkat
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Re : Pumping and milk supply

Postby angelkat » Mon Apr 12, 2004 05:59 am

Sherry...

I took Fenugreek three times a day which seem to help. Also since I was so stressed while pumping (Katlyne in the NICU) I tried all the tricks to the trade... I drank Root Beer all day long and ended up pumping more milk (yes, it really does work) Then I had to all in the back ups and call the doctor for Reglean (It's an anti acid med but also increase milk supply - just think no heartburn at the same time)... The more you pump the more you will make I also slept thru the nights making my first morning pump worth the good nights sleep.. Good luck to you....

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Re : Pumping and milk supply

Postby sherry fisher » Mon Apr 12, 2004 04:25 am

I am not nursing Anna. Just pumping. We were trying for 20 min. before a feeding to latch on. It was exhausting to both of us! The lactation consultant that I was seeing in the hospital said this is due to her being a bit premature and her being so little. So.....I am pumping, round the clock, every 3 hours. I am not doing so at night.:)

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#1) Alex 1/1/94-PE
#2) Abbie 12/17/97-PIH
#3 Will 08/03/02-PP PE
#4) Anna 04/06/04 - PE
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Re : Pumping and milk supply

Postby haunaniv » Sun Apr 11, 2004 09:53 pm

Hi Sherry,
Congratulations on little Anna! I worked as a lactation specialist for a long time. In one of our conferences they suggested pumping on one side while nursing on the other. This helps with your milk let down and allows you to pump more milk. This method has always worked well for me. With a couple of my babies I worked full-time and with the morning feeding before going to work I was usually able to pump a full bottle to leave with the sitter using this method. I would also do it during an evening feeding so that I could freeze the milk to use as needed, and have a supply for the sitter.

Also, it is important to remember that your milk supply is directly related to demand. So (in most cases), the more your baby nurses, the more milk you will have. In my experience I have found that it's tempting to supplement with formula those first days because you feel like you are nursing all the time and worry that perhaps the baby isn't getting enough. What happens many times, though, is that this interferes with milk production.

Do you have access to a Lactation Consultant through the hospital or your doctor's office? Many times the local health department or WIC program will also have lactations specialists. Another wonderful resource is La Leche League. I bet if you went online you could find a group close to you -- www.lalecheleague.org

As for cracked and sore nipples -- again, in my experience with each baby I have been sore at first. However, if you are having persistent problems with this it could be due to a number of other reasons, many times having to do with latch on.

Was Anna born premature? It can be hard to help a preemie, or even a baby born a little early, to learn how to latch on and nurse. My son was born at 36 weeks due to PE, and even though he wasn't considered premature, he had a hard time latching on. He would nurse and get tired or even fall asleep before he could properly latch on. It was so tiring and frustrating! I found with him that if I tried different nursing positions such as the "football hold" it was easier for him to latch on. In that position I was able to support his head better. As he got bigger the nursing became easier.

Good luck and hang in there! I would definitely recommend seeing if you can find a Lacatation Specialist or get in touch with a La Leche League group. They would be able to answer any questions, identify any problems, and help you with positioning, latch on, etc.

Take care [:)] - Nancy

Nancy: 36 yrs.
dd: 1994 - 40+ weeks, PE
dd: 1997 - 38 weeks, No Complications!
ds: 1999 - induced at 36 weeks, PE
Another boy! - EDD 6/23/04

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Re : Pumping and milk supply

Postby steg » Sun Apr 11, 2004 09:20 pm

I am no expert, this is just my experience from nursing my three kids. But, if you religiously pump every three hours it will most definitely improve your supply, I realize it's exhausting though! Remember though, a pump will never express quite as much as a nursing baby! The tongue thing, my daughter did that a lot (33weeker), I was told it is a preemie thing, as they get a little bigger their reflexes get stronger, including the natural way to suck. The sore nipple thing, probably because she isn't latching on right, I was always told if it hurts they aren't latched on right, take them off and start over. The hospital thing is very exhausting(sounds like that is where you are, right?), hang in there, and take much advantage of any help from the nurses and ask for a lactation consultant if one is available. Again, this is just my experience, hope it helps.

Stacy
Glendy 4 years 33 weeks PE
Greyson 21 mos 36 weeks PIH
Cavin 2 weeks 36 weeks PE


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Pumping and milk supply

Postby sherry fisher » Sun Apr 11, 2004 06:27 pm

I know that there has been threads on this, BUT...
My milk came in Friday and I am only able to pump about 1/2 oz to 1 oz per breast per pumping session. Is this a normal amount at this time. (5 days post partum) Right now, I am able to pump what she is eating...only about 1 1/2 oz every 3 hours. However, I am not pumping througout the night and I usually have a better supply in the AM. So....througout the night she is taking formula. [xx(] I did buy the fenugreek. However, I am taking only one a day as the bottle says. IS there more to take when BP'ing?? (I am new at all this!!) Bought the tea as well...although, I HATE it!! UGH!!

My nipples are sore and cracked, even from the pumping! Again, normal??

We had severe latch on problems with Anna. My nipples are large and she has such a small mouth! Plus, she keeps her tounge in the roof of her mouth alot. We even have issues with propper latch on with a bottle! She always seems to get that bottom lip in her mouth with her bottle. No matter how many times I pull down on it while she is sucking, she still manages to get it out. Anna is also jaundice...she was on the billi blanket all day yesterday and part of today. Had to take her for another billirubin test and it came back ok now. YEAH!!



Sherry Fisher (28)
DH: Bill (35)
Proud Mama to:
#1) Alex 1/1/94-PE
#2) Abbie 12/17/97-PIH
#3 Will 08/03/02-PP PE
#4) Anna 04/06/04 - PE
http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/b/babyfish3/
Baby Annna;
http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/b/babyfish4/


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