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I had my baby 5 days ago and im pumping and i only get a half an ounce each breast if that.. Will my breast supply increase??. I want to produce more milk what do i do?
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I've heard that breastfeeding regularly works better than the pump to improve supply. It's still early, keep trying. Your milk supply should kick in soon. Some women also take a supplement called milky which supposedly helps.
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First off pumping is way less effective than baby to breast, so you are always going to get less than what baby is actually getting. Secondly your babys stomach is really small right now so he/she doesn't need very much. As your baby grows your supply will increase to meet babys demands. Also babies tend to cluster feed in the beginning to get your supply up. So it may seem like you are feeding non-stop and you may worry that they are not getting enough but it is just natures way!  Lastly when I met with my lactation cunsultant she told me that if l was getting a half ounce out of each breast in the beginning I probably didn't have a supply problem!
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Ooo ok thanks so much
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..it has something to do with "let down", and your apostle to nurse for at least 4 weeks before just pumping because I was told it can damage your milk supply if you start before then.. and the baby only need a ounce or 2 to fill it up at a time but when u bottle feed baby gets milk faster and will want to over eat
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What kind of pump are you using? Also what size Shields are you using and is it possible they are the wrong size?
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I would just breastfeed baby cz ure supply will go off ure baby not a pump I would only use a pump if u have too much milk. But u really need to get that baby on ure breast n since u say its been 5days its possible that ure supply hasn't kickid inn yet. But I know wen I would run low I would drink a tea called Mothers milk n my supply increased in a matter of 24hrs
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My baby doesnt want to latch on my breast any more :/
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I have actually heard to start pumping right away and you can even start before the baby is born. It doesn't ruin your supply if you start pumping early.
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I exclusively pump and feed because my baby wouldn't latch. In the beginning pump every 2 hours (mimick babies feeding schedule as if you were breast feeding). Although in personally only pumped twice during the night (once at 12, once at 2) then when my baby got up for the day I did my next one. Drink tons of water, eat oatmeal with almond milk, eat properly in general. You can also try fenugreek pills, mothers milk tea, brewers yeast, or domperidone (which is a prescription drug). As baby gets older and eats less you can also pump less. My baby is 3 months old now and eats 5 times a day so I only pump 5 times (once in the night.. The night pump is important!). I also use a double electric pump because you can produce more with a double pump! Half an ounce is good for what your baby needs right now :) in the beginning I honestly had to supplement with formula on some feeds because I started off slow but now I make enough to feed her plus freeze some! Any amount of breast milk baby gets is better than nothing :) it's exhausting to pump and you will get tired and stressed but think of the breast milk you're supplying baby and not to mention its free ;) if you have Facebook join: "exclusively pumping group"
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With my first baby I decided to breastfeed then switch to a pump which caused me to dry out and with my second baby I fully breastfed it may seem like yur not supplying enough milk but as long as your baby is latched on well he or she should be getting milk ..never really depend on a pump cause the suction is not the same a babys latch is way more stronger which causes you to produce more plus depending on a pump can cause you to dry out ..hopefully the more the days pass the better your milk supply will be..good luck !(:
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If you can keep breastfeeding don't pump unless you absolutely have to. Youre milk supply isn't as good when you just pump. For most women the stimulation isn't enough.for some woman it works great but other woman need more than just the pump.
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You're baby will latch don't give up! :) I know it may be frustrating but give it time and have patience and it will happen. As long as you're breastfeeding and not pumping you will be fine
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