getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby molly419 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 08:36 am

I had issues with milk supply with Abigail...never getting more than 1 -2 oz total at the end of three months of pumping. I was very worried that I was going to have the same issue with Rocco. I really do not want him to have formula, as he already had a bit before I was producing milk, and had a hard time on it (threw up).

This morning I pumped a total of 4oz! For me, I drink lots and lots of water and pump around the clock, every 3 hours. If I have the time, I will sometimes bump it up to every 2 hours a couple times during the day. My LC suggested to stay on the three hour schedule during the first two-three weeks to establish a good milk supply. I was also suggested by her to use Fenugreek, but have not pursued that.

Good Luck~

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby rebeccac » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:17 pm

I tried to pump but to no avail(only 1-2ml per pump session even after 1 month of trying). So, compared to me, 10ml is a flood!

Was Fenugreek (sp?) ever considered?

Keep on keeping on!

*P.S. Fiona, I hope the above mentioned is allowed*

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby jkaay » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:06 pm

I have some ideas that no one has mentioned yet...1. Measure the water so that you know, not just think, you are drinking tons and drink while you pump, 2. keep track of the amount of milk you produce as related to the time of day/level of exhaustion and activity, and 3. add a glass of wine or beer an hour or so before your most tired/least milk producing time. The alcohol is relaxing and helps with let down too. (notice that I'm not saying to add enough to pass to your children)

and, others have said this...providing nutrition for 2 is an amazing feat for a new mom, whether it's breastmilk or formula. Thank you for sharing your very real struggles and your precious tiny ones!

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby darateacher » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:47 am

Thank you so much! I'm getting a little bit more now....about 11-13ml per mini-bottle. Been watching a slide show of pix of my boys while pumping, and also shaking out my breasts (suggested by hospital lactation consultant)before pumping. Drinking lots of water, too.

I'll keep you posted!

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby jenn » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:20 am

Everyone has already hit on everything I would say.. let me just add my well wishes and support!!

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby dohertyab » Tue Jan 27, 2009 09:24 am

keep at it! As everyone has said you can try different things and talk to the specialists who are nearby. I just wanted to say that it was a few weeks before mine came in and then it did with a vengence. I did have enough to BF preemie twins.

Also remember that if they're taking all of your milk now that means they're doing great! I think my twins were on 2 or 3ml per feeding for a very long time (it gave me time to build up a supply, etc), so if they're already taking 10ml wow! Focus on the positive and what you CAN do. Any bit you can do helps.

Good luck and MOOOO.

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby tracym » Mon Jan 26, 2009 05:40 pm

To really establish your supply you should be pumping throughout the night also. I pumped every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. Ideally you want 8 pumping sessions per day (3 hours around the clock, or 2 hourly during the day and 4 at night). Both babies I had to wake during the night to feed for the first month or so at home anyway so it was good practice.

However, the more you stress about it the less you will produce. Just do what you can, every drop is doing them good.

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby sckitzo » Mon Jan 26, 2009 01:12 pm

with my son chance my milk came in much slower, and much later, With my DD I was pumping pretty good by 4 day pp, but with my son it was closer to 7-9 days before I saw a enought to even measure. What I did is got an egg timer that I kept in my Pump in Style. I got all ready, (a hands free bra is a great invention) and then I would set it to 15-20 min, Then I would sit backwards in and oversized chair or couch when possible, and put my head on the back, this way I was leaning forward, (so the milk always went were it is supposed to) and I would just dose off. I was not getting enought rest, but doseing off for ten min did help alittle. And I had my timer to wake me up. I worked full time, so this was a life saver.

With the pump and style bra and the back pack, I could hook myself up, put the back pack on, Use the batteries, but I could pump and do laundry, or cook or a ton of other things. I have even pumped in the bath tub, (of course I kept the electical parts as far away as possible) but the heat do help to stimulate you, or if you can just try a warm wet wash cloth and place right above you sucktion cups.

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby season » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:49 am


You are doing so well- and I know that pumping for the babies instead of having them at home with you is so frustrating. As well, you want to produce milk because it is something that you CAN do for them. So many of us have been where you are.

I'm not sure what time you are going to sleep - but it may be worth more night pumping sessions. Literally doing every 3 hours around the clock - until your supply is more established. I know you want/need sleep too - but the more pumping mimics a newborns schedule (and they do eat round the clock at first) the more your body may kick into the produce more gear.

Make sure you are eating and well hydrated - have water with you to drink while pumping as well. Also, it may be helpful to do something like watch tv or listen to music while pumping, something that will relax you and not keep you totally focused on if you will get enough milk.

Keep up the good work mama.

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Re : getting breast milk after 7 days of pumping

Postby amanda » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:04 am

Dara - actually, it's not bad at all for them to supplement - at least to me. I mean, realistically, it would be really hard to produce enough milk to fully breastfeed twins. I mean, it can be done don't get me wrong, but, I've found that most twin moms that I know wind up supplementing regardless.

I'm glad you've been able to spend some time with your hubby. Sounds like you are on a great schedule!

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