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Anna - November 10th, 2005 11:56 AM

I am drying up. My baby is 2 months old and I am pumping maybe an once. If I pump every other hour even if there is no milk coming out will this help to get more milk? Ive tried drinking lots of water but doesn't seem to help.


Vanaseregwen - November 10th, 2005 1:17 PM

It's not just drinking, you need to eat too. Are you trying to lose baby weight? Also the pill can have an affect on milk production. Try taking fenugreek supplements and eating healthy balanced meals. Also, the increased pumping should help too. Good luck!!!


Mindee - November 10th, 2005 1:18 PM

Ive heard eating oatmeal and continuing to pump every hour should increase your supply. Good Luck.


Tati - November 10th, 2005 1:38 PM

If you are eating right and pumping often and still no milk ot's sad to say but your body probably is stopping to produce milk.I drank milk or drank tea with milk it helped. But again everyone is different.Eating healthy is the best for you and your baby. By the way when you breastfeed it takes a bit longer but its the best diet for losing weight after baby. But again doesnt work as good for everyone.Like Mindee said oatmeal made with milk and a bit butter is great.


Heather - November 10th, 2005 3:23 PM

when you pump eat a snack and 1 8 oz glass of fluid for the next 3 days along with your regular meals and see if the increase of calories helps. It should.


lisa - November 11th, 2005 10:43 AM

my baby is 9 days old and hadnt put on any weight, midwife said i need to eat lots, any calories into me, biscuits chocolate bannanas milk, she said if i dont have calories theres none to make good milk, i also heard having half a can of guiness sometimes helps with milk production, dont know if thats because of the iron?


C - November 11th, 2005 8:17 PM

Are you only pumping or are you breastfeeding too? I would pump or breastfeed every 2-3 hours. Skin to skin contact is the best for producing breast milk so try breastfeeding as much as possible over the pump. You may want to call a lactation consultant too.


miranda - November 15th, 2005 2:04 PM

I could never pump much out after 2 or 3 months. My baby got plenty, she was nice and fat, but my breasts just didn't feel the need to be pumped. Fortunately, I didn't need to, I was with her all the time. But if you are trying to pump at work with the same problem, that would be difficult. Call a lactation consultant. In my area, we have a free breastfeeding hotline you can call any time for help.


marsha - November 17th, 2005 1:23 PM

rent a medical grade breast pump (usually available at your local hospital) and pump both breasts simultaneously. That should increase your supply.


Sarah - November 17th, 2005 1:46 PM

In addition to what others suggested may-be try a warm compress on your breast and a little massage before you pump.


brenda - November 19th, 2005 7:11 PM

im also brestfeeding my 2 mo old and when she nurses shes there for about 30 min whenever i pump i only manage to get about 3oz out it depends on how much your baby needs. i would also try the oatmeal thing it works to keep the supply. try to breastfeed only for a couple of days. i tried that and it helped. but remember that your baby will help you increase your supply when they start to need more she will want to eat every hour in order to get your breast ready for a bigger baby and get more milk supply.


Bridget - November 20th, 2005 11:17 PM

We just took a 3 session parenting class (I'm due in Feb 06) and the last class was dedicated to breast feeding. Two things I learned might help. One is that breast milk is produced on supply and demand so the more your baby demands the more you'll produce. The second and interesting thing was that the instructor said that many women don't have that much success at pumping at first (I don't know if you've just tried pumping for the first time recently)because your eyes see a pump instead of a baby at your breast and your brain is what sends your breast the message to "letdown", so not much milk will come out at first. Certainly all the advice on eating well and getting lots of water was explained to us too. If your baby is gaining weight and wetting with every feeding and pooping about 4 or 5 times a day, the they instructor said they were getting enough.Hope this helps.


me - November 21st, 2005 8:56 PM

why are you pumping in the first place? your breasts will make as much as your baby wants


to me - November 22nd, 2005 1:31 AM

who cares about WHY she wants to pump. it is non of your business. maybe she wants a freaking break every now and then. who knows? chill out or go away, me.


kate - November 23rd, 2005 12:37 AM

are you only pumping or breastfeeding straight from the source, too? because pumping NEVER gives you as much milk as the real thing does...so if baby is eating at the breast, he/she is definitely getting a lot more than what you can pump.


mom42 - November 23rd, 2005 10:47 AM

I would also recommend putting away the pump for awhile, if possible. I think a baby on the breast is the best way to increase milk production.


Della - December 2nd, 2005 11:39 PM

Have you tried pumping on one side while breastfeeding on the other? It can really help to boost production.


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