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Old 10-11-08, 11:16 PM
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I am unfortunately not able to get Amber to latch on so I have been pumping all of a sudden today I have noticed a huge decrease in production of milk in my right breast and my left one is starting to decrease as well. I am really worried I pump really frequently and am wondering if there is anything I can do to increase the production of milk especially in my right breast if anyone has any advice I would be very grateful for some help.
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Old 10-11-08, 11:32 PM
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I've heard eating oatmeal can really help milk production. Other than that, I'm not sure!
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Old 10-12-08, 12:08 AM
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oatmeal and lots and lots of water will help but also letting her nurse will help the most. I would keep trying with getting her to latch as much as you can and if it's still not working call a local La Leche League Leader or a professional lactation consultant
or another professional that might be able to help because a pump will not get the milk going as well as the babies suckle will.

I once read that one of the most powerful ways to stimulate increased milk production is to "take your baby to bed and nurse." This relaxes both you and your baby and stimulates longer and more frequent nursings. It also increases your milk-producing hormones.

also going into a quiet and relaxing place with just you and the baby while pumping might help relax you and help with getting more milk with the pump. it helps to be near the baby while pumping just stroke and calm the baby using a lot of skin-to-skin contact - a practice called grooming. Enjoy her little face and the feel of her skin. This will help your milk ejection reflex.

hope it gets better soon let us know how it goes!

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Old 10-14-08, 01:15 PM
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I had a friend whose baby was born 6 weeks early, so she pumped as well. I think she said she started out pumping the typical every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes each breast. Then she increased it to 20 minutes each breast and it tricked her body into making more. She pumped for a whole year and never actually nursed her dd, and she said she eventually got it down to only pumping 4 times a day and could fill up a 8oz bottle, each side!

Not sure if something like that would work for you, as we are all different. I myself can sometimes get 5oz outta the left and 3oz from the right, but only if it's been awhile since I last nursed or pumped. Me and Kendall had issues in the beginning, but I used a nipple shield so she was actually nursing and just kept trying without it everytime until I was able to take the shield away completely. And ever since my milk came in, my right side has been the less productive side, even when I pump. Don't forget that the baby is more efficient than the pump.....nursing also triggers a hormone that tells your body to make milk....at least that what my book says.
 


Keep on trying! It will get easier!

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Old 10-16-08, 11:35 AM
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Thanks everyone I really want to be able to nurse her. Where can i get the nipple shields? One of the biggest problems with us nursing is that my nipples collapse when i try to get her onto them. I am also concerned about how big breasted I am I probably wont nurse at night because I dont want to fall asleep and suffocate her I have very very large breasts but would love to at least nurse during the day and DH and i could share the night duty with a bottle of pumped milk. I found out that day that i had not drank enough water I upped my fluid intake and things are going much better now.
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