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How to increase my milk supply!?

I pumped for the very first time on Thursday, I got 4oz total.
My boobs were huge until I pumped they literally like shrunk :/
And ever since then, when I pump I barely get an ounce to an ounce in a half :/
I really hate that my daughter is having to be on formula cause I can't produce enough.
What are ways or things I can eat/drink to increase my supply?
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9536744 tn?1414125631
Make sure you're  drinking lotssss of water!  Oatmeal or granola bars with oats in them, carrots, mixed nuts (cashews,almonds, macadamia ect.)


Not just any cookie, but special lactation cookies.

You’ll need:
1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar 
4 tablespoons of water 
2 tablespoons of flax seed meal (don’t skip this step, and no substitutions!)
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon of vanilla 
2 cups of flour 
1 teaspoon of baking soda 
1 teaspoon of salt 
3 cups of steel cut oats 
1 cup of chocolate chips 
4 tablespoons of brewer's yeast 

1 Preheat oven to 350°. 
2 Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes. 
3 Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
4 Add eggs and mix well.
5 Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, mix well. 
6 Sift together flour, brewer’s yeast, baking soda, and salt. 
7 Add dry ingredients to butter mix. 
8 Thoroughly stir in oats and chocolate chips. 
9 Scoop onto baking sheet, approximately 1” balls.
10 Bake for 12 minutes. 
11 Allow cookies to set for a few minutes before removing from tray.
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Keep pumping. That amount is totally normal when starting out. Just keep it up every 2-4 hours. It will begin to increase. I heard fenugreek is good for increasing the amount
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Just because that is all you can pump does not mean that is all she is getting. Babies are designed to get the milk out better than pumps. My breasts hardly ever swell with milk once nursing is established and I produce enough milk. If I pump I get about what you described and I have breastfed four out of my five.

For breastfeeding the best things to do.
Take prenatal vitamins
Eat very well balanced meals
Take in more calories
Drink plenty of water
There are supplements that you can take to increase milk supply, look down the baby isle and the vitamin isle to find the supplements and maybe find more than one and use both but make sure they are different.  
9536744 tn?1414125631
The more you let your baby nurse and the more you pump and empty the more milk your body makes
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I heard the more often you pump the more milk the body will produce. Also I think there is a tea you can drink, fenugreek herb I heard works great and last but not least an old wives tale of drinking one beer a day will help up your supply. Also talk yo your doctor I think there is a pill you can take also. I havent had my little one yet but I'm planning on breastfeeding and this is what my friends told me that worked for them.
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Increase the amount of time and how often you pump and put baby to breast. When first starting out it is important to put baby to breast there are hormones that help with milk production and let down and baby helps with that. A pump does not give the mothering instinct like baby. It is also important to relax and not be stressed because that will hinder let down and production.

Remember the more milk you need the more you will produce, if you pump and put baby to breast more often even if nothing is coming out it sends signals for your body to make more because baby is needing it.
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