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It is hard to believe that my baby is a MONTH old now. Where has the time gone? Wow. That means a whole month of breastfeeding her successfully and I’ve saved up 200+ ozs of milk already. That seems so crazy for me to say!
I’ve always struggled with milk supply. I stopped feeding my 1st born, Tristen, at 2 months old because I didn’t produce enough and simply didn’t do my research. He has GERD/reflux really bad so as soon as he would get done eating he would spit it up and then be hungry again but I just didn’t produce enough for those demands. With my 2nd born, Kennedy, I produced and was able to breastfeed her for 16 months but I had to work hard for it. Especially because I had to return to work so that meant I had to pump and save milk on top of feeding her so that she had something to eat while I was away.
Going into this pregnancy, I made sure to do more research. I knew I could do it if I set my mind to it. I knew that I was going to be out of work for 4 months. So, I needed to produce more and make time to pump. Therefore, I had a stash of milk ready for when I returned to work.
Bexley is not EBF (
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So, what are some things that I have done to increase my milk supply?
I don’t want to say that I truly power pumped. Power pumping is a way of mimicking cluster feeding but with a pump. You pump for 10 mins then stop for 10 mins and keep going for about 30 mins to an hour.
Instead, I just tricked my boobs in the beginning and would pump in between feedings so that my body thought she was feeding more than she really way. My Spectra S2 has been a lifesaver.
A lot of times a lactation consultant will tell you NOT to do this in the beginning because it just makes engorgement that much worse, but in my case, it was necessary since I don’t overproduce.
I use my Hakaa during feedings to simply catch the milk that comes out of my opposite breast. I have an overactive letdown. This means, my breastmilk comes out too fast/hard during letdown. It doesn’t matter how full or empty my breasts
Anyways, after a couple feeding throughout the day, I pump to “empty” out. You obviously will never truly be empty but it helps to keep up supply and demand. I pump for about 3-5 mins after a couple of feedings a day.
Set A Goal
This one is super motivating for me. I recently decided that I wanted to pump atleast 100oz a week. That’s right, 100oz a week. What a crazy goal to set for someone who feeds throughout the day AND has struggled with supply in the past right?
It’s been possible for the most part! If I’m going to save up 100oz a week that means I need to pump about 14oz a day! That’s not too bad. Of course my goal is pretty high so I don’t beat myself up if I don’t accomplish it every day but I do try to get pretty close to that number.
Set a goal and try to stick close to it. Some days are busier than others but anything is possible when you set your mind to it.
The best part, I do not wake up in the middle of the night to pump to keep up with supply. I have read a lot of articles that suggested waking to pump in the middle of the night. As a mom to a newborn, the LAST thing I want to do is to set aside another time in the middle of the night to pump. I am fortunate to have a baby that sleeps 4-5 hours a night and only wakes to feed maybe once or twice a night. This means that I am pretty full in the morning and am able to wake and pump about 9oz just from not feeding that much overnight. My boobs have steadied out so the engorgement/pain isn’t there anymore so this doesn’t bother me.
I do not recommend doing this if you are someone with a healthy supply to start with. Please remember that I am not a lactation consultant. This is just what works for me and my body/baby. The engorgement
Have you ever struggled with supply? What are some things that you have done that have helped you? – If you try this, please let me know if it works for you.