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Old 07-27-07, 06:43 PM
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Does anyone have any recommendations for building supply? I have a hospital grade pump that I use plus I am drinking lactation tea. So far I have had a slight increase, but nothing significant. We are currently supplementing with formula because of my low supply.

(By low supply I mean a 1/4-1/2 oz for both breasts combined)
Xavier eats almost 3oz now.
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Old 07-27-07, 10:29 PM
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The best way to increase your supply is to nurse nurse nurse! Drink lots of water and just stay home with your baby and nurse all day long. Stop supplementing with formula, or your supply will never improve. Every ounce of nourishment your baby gets from formula is an ounce you won't produce. He may be upset for a day or two until your supply catches up, but you WILL catch up!
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Old 07-27-07, 11:09 PM
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Nurse, lots of water, and eating oatmeal is great!
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I agree with the oatmeal for increasing supply, but also just wanted to say that the amount you can pump really doesn't mean you have a low supply.

With my son, I had plenty of milk, but wasn't able to pump. I tried all types of pumps (from a $50 manual from Babies R Us to a hospital grade electric) and I could never pump enough to even cover the bottom of the bottle.

The consultant told me that some women's bodies just don't respond to pumping. I'm a SAHM, so it wasn't a problem, but it was a veerry long time before I could go anywhere without him!
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Old 07-28-07, 10:40 AM
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Great advice from the ladies. A pumped amount of bm is not a good indicator of what baby is getting. If you really want to know how much baby is getting see your dr or lactation consultant. Weigh baby before and after nursing and check the difference. Oatmeal, in any form helps milk supply, water is a MUST, and nurse until you can't nurse no more.
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