Running Out Of Breast Milk HELP

27 Replies
Anna - November 10

I am drying up. My baby is 2 months old and I am pumping maybe an once. If I pump every other hour even if there is no milk coming out will this help to get more milk? Ive tried drinking lots of water but doesn't seem to help.


Vanaseregwen - November 10

It's not just drinking, you need to eat too. Are you trying to lose baby weight? Also the pill can have an affect on milk production. Try taking fenugreek supplements and eating healthy balanced meals. Also, the increased pumping should help too. Good luck!!!


Mindee - November 10

Ive heard eating oatmeal and continuing to pump every hour should increase your supply. Good Luck.


Tati - November 10

If you are eating right and pumping often and still no milk ot's sad to say but your body probably is stopping to produce milk.I drank milk or drank tea with milk it helped. But again everyone is different.Eating healthy is the best for you and your baby. By the way when you b___stfeed it takes a bit longer but its the best diet for losing weight after baby. But again doesnt work as good for everyone.Like Mindee said oatmeal made with milk and a bit b___ter is great.


Heather - November 10

when you pump eat a snack and 1 8 oz gla__s of fluid for the next 3 days along with your regular meals and see if the increase of calories helps. It should.


lisa - November 11

my baby is 9 days old and hadnt put on any weight, midwife said i need to eat lots, any calories into me, biscuits chocolate bannanas milk, she said if i dont have calories theres none to make good milk, i also heard having half a can of guiness sometimes helps with milk production, dont know if thats because of the iron?


C - November 11

Are you only pumping or are you b___stfeeding too? I would pump or b___stfeed every 2-3 hours. Skin to skin contact is the best for producing b___st milk so try b___stfeeding as much as possible over the pump. You may want to call a lactation consultant too.


miranda - November 15

I could never pump much out after 2 or 3 months. My baby got plenty, she was nice and fat, but my b___sts just didn't feel the need to be pumped. Fortunately, I didn't need to, I was with her all the time. But if you are trying to pump at work with the same problem, that would be difficult. Call a lactation consultant. In my area, we have a free b___stfeeding hotline you can call any time for help.


marsha - November 17

rent a medical grade b___st pump (usually available at your local hospital) and pump both b___sts simultaneously. That should increase your supply.


Sarah - November 17

In addition to what others suggested may-be try a warm compress on your b___st and a little ma__sage before you pump.


brenda - November 19

im also brestfeeding my 2 mo old and when she nurses shes there for about 30 min whenever i pump i only manage to get about 3oz out it depends on how much your baby needs. i would also try the oatmeal thing it works to keep the supply. try to b___stfeed only for a couple of days. i tried that and it helped. but remember that your baby will help you increase your supply when they start to need more she will want to eat every hour in order to get your b___st ready for a bigger baby and get more milk supply.


Bridget - November 20

We just took a 3 session parenting cla__s (I'm due in Feb 06) and the last cla__s was dedicated to b___st feeding. Two things I learned might help. One is that b___st milk is produced on supply and demand so the more your baby demands the more you'll produce. The second and interesting thing was that the instructor said that many women don't have that much success at pumping at first (I don't know if you've just tried pumping for the first time recently)because your eyes see a pump instead of a baby at your b___st and your brain is what sends your b___st the message to "letdown", so not much milk will come out at first. Certainly all the advice on eating well and getting lots of water was explained to us too. If your baby is gaining weight and wetting with every feeding and pooping about 4 or 5 times a day, the they instructor said they were getting enough.Hope this helps.


me - November 21

why are you pumping in the first place? your b___sts will make as much as your baby wants


to me - November 22

who cares about WHY she wants to pump. it is non of your business. maybe she wants a freaking break every now and then. who knows? chill out or go away, me.


kate - November 23

are you only pumping or b___stfeeding straight from the source, too? because pumping NEVER gives you as much milk as the real thing if baby is eating at the b___st, he/she is definitely getting a lot more than what you can pump.


mom42 - November 23

I would also recommend putting away the pump for awhile, if possible. I think a baby on the b___st is the best way to increase milk production.


Della - December 2

Have you tried pumping on one side while b___stfeeding on the other? It can really help to boost production.



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