A.G. asks from Boca Raton, FL on August 26, 2011
Breastfeeding - Boca Raton,FL
Any tips on increasing milk supply? Unfortunately I had to go back to work and my baby is only 4 weeks old. I now have to pump while at work and want to increase my milk supply. I pump 3-4 times at work using a medela pump in style double pump and get a total of 9-11 ounces total depending on the day. I was pumping and storing milk in the freezer since my baby has been a week old. I nurse her frequently all evening long until we go to bed. Is there anything I can eat or drink. I am already drinking tons of water.
Also about how many ounces of milk per feeding should I be leaving for a 1 month old baby?
K.A. answers from San Diego on August 26, 2011
A baby's stomach is about the size of their fist. At 4 weeks old that's maybe about the size of a marble so it can't hold very much per feeding. A few ounces are really all they can take at a feeding.
A pump isn't as good at getting milk from the breast as a baby. How much you pump is no indicator of how much milk you are in fact making.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/index.html This page at Kellymom has a lot of wonderful information about pumping moms, milk supply, how to tell if baby is getting enough etc. Kellymom is my favorite internet site for breastfeeding help!
Congratulations on your little one! You can do it!
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B.P. answers from New York on August 26, 2011
It sounds like you do not have a supply problem if your baby is feeding well and ending satisfied. Pumping is very different than nursing and unless you are lucky, you just can't get as much. I used Blessed Thistle and it increased my supply but I never could get more than 2 ounces at a time while pumping, so you are doing great! All babies are different, but most 1-2 month old babies will drink 4-6 ounces per feeding. I would check with your doctor though.
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L.L. answers from Rochester on August 26, 2011
Just so you know, drinking too much water can actually decrease your milk supply. You really don't need any more than 8 glasses a day...and let's put it this way. Two bottles of gatorade are 8 glasses of fluid...64 ounces. I fill two of these bottles up with water every day, and make sure I drink them. It's really not that much. Add to that a small cup of milk with supper (maybe 6 oz.) and a pop with lunch, sometimes a cup of decaf at night...and I'm way over what I need. Don't overdo the liquid.
Continue feeding on demand and pumping when you WOULD be feeding but aren't because you are at work. Your body is only going to make what your baby needs...not more.
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E.S. answers from Dayton on August 26, 2011
Another supplement you could take is Fenugreek.
Maybe someone else can chime in...but I think the dose my friend was advised to take (from a LC) was 4 capsules, 3 times a day.
You know your taking enough when you smell like a maple syrup factory.
9-11 oz. sounds great though! Sounds like you supply is doing fine.
FWIW, I remember leaving my baby (after she was 3 months) w/ 3-4 2 oz. bottles-I worked short days. I wouldn't put too much in each bottle-gets wasted.
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S.K. answers from Miami on August 27, 2011
Mother's Milk Tea was magic for me. That really works wonders and it tastes great too!
S.C. answers from Des Moines on August 26, 2011
Also pump last thing at night (you wont get much but it put's in the order for your body to make more while you're sleeping) and first thing in the AM. And pump while your baby naps on your days off.
Also are you using the shields tha came with your pump? I had MUCH better luck with the SoftFit shields or the larger shields (both available at Target) why they don't make them large AND soft I don't know, I just switched back and forth every week or so...changing it up seemed to help...
P.M. answers from Tampa on August 26, 2011
I'd say about 3 ounces every 3-4 hours for the bottle - while at daycare. Nursing on demand while you are together.
Make sure the bottles have slow flow nipples which take some actual suction to get the milk out - much like the breast.
Fenugreek WITH Blessed Thistle is great to increase milk supply, as is a serving of beer a day, oatmeal every morning, and that's all I can think of.
Try to pump every 2.5-3 hours if you can!!
T.B. answers from Miami on August 27, 2011
Taking herbs like Goat's Rue, Fenugreek, or Blessed Thistle can help. I have a wonderful certified lactation consultant working with me because my little one has had suck issues since birth so to insure that my milk is not compromised, I"m pumping after I nurse her and taking Goat's Rue. You are getting 9-11 oz a day...that is super! Honey, I can only pump 3 oz a day! You are doing great. Doesn't sound like supply is an issue at all. I was told that if you can pump 1-2 hours before you nurse the baby in the morning you can increase your milk even more...but you will need to keep up that kind of schedule if you can handle it. I am not pumping during the night, only pumping right after I nurse my baby. Also, frequent pumping for at least 10 minutes is better for increasing your milk rather than doing a couple of pumps for 20 minutes. In other words, concentrate on pumping more frequently rather than focusing on pumping for longer periods of time. Also, pump just before you go to bed. Good luck.