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Problems pumping..advice? KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
11th Apr '13

I'm 3 weeks PP,
baby was born 5 weeks early
for the first (almost) 2 weeks of his life i pumped every time i nursed because the 10 days in the hospital they were having him nurse, then have a bottle of fortified breastmilk.
a few days after returning home we were able to stop doing that last part because he was gaining weight by just nursing.



well, now when i try to pump (tried twice since then) i can barely get anything.
I went from getting 50mL in a few minutes, to it taking ages to get that much.
I know my milk has regulated to his needs, but any advice?
i don't need it often- just for this first bit so he doesn't have to leave the house unnecessarily for parent teacher conference, my dr apts- since i had a C-sec and shouldn't be lifting his toddler sister 'n him in his carseat.



ETA i use a medela pump in style electric

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
11th Apr '13

im probably telling you what you already know so bare with me. have you tried fenugreek mothermilk tea and oats? also you will get more early morning or the middle of the night than in the evening. you can also pump first in the morning and have him nurse after. he may get pissy for having to work harder but he can get out what the pump cant

KNZ. 3 kids; Washington 59191 posts
11th Apr '13
Quoting I love Kenzi:" im probably telling you what you already know so bare with me. have you tried fenugreek mothermilk tea ... [snip!] ... first in the morning and have him nurse after. he may get pissy for having to work harder but he can get out what the pump cant"


Good to know about early morning, i didn't know that :)
And i used fenugreek with my daughter a couple years ago, but question: can i take it and then stop taking it with out messing things up? cos i don't necessarily want to increase my supply.

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting KNZ.:" Good to know about early morning, i didn't know that :) And i used fenugreek with my daughter a couple ... [snip!] ... can i take it and then stop taking it with out messing things up? cos i don't necessarily want to increase my supply. "


hmm im not sure i dont know much about it honestly. i know b4 i got pregnant again i could drink the tea and make extra then when i didnt i just made the normal amount