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#1 of 3 Old 01-22-2014, 10:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a 3 almost 4 month old and pump exclusively. I have been in and out of the hospital most of the time he has been born and have had to pump and dump so much. This last time I barely got to pump but maybe twice a day and my milk supply is practically gone. Is there anyway to bring it back? I feel like its almost dried up greensad.gif he has had more formula lately than milk. Should I just stop pumping or try and get it back if possible? Thank you!
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Hello tcurran09. Welcome to Mothering! I think it may be possible to get your supply back up. Did they provide you with a hospital grade pump while you were in the hospital? Do you have one at home? Insurance often covers a pump if you are having issues. Only pumping twice a day would definitely hurt your supply, but if you established a supply in the first month, you should be able to get some of it back. I would suggest seeing an IBCLC right away to help you with a strategy. The more you pump, the more milk you should make. Pumping at the same time each day should tell your body when it needs to make milk. I also suggest checking out the Kellymom website. They have great info on increasing supply and breastfeeding in general. You should also check out LactMed for info on what drugs can be used during breastfeeding. You may not have to dump as much as you thought. I hope you are feeling better and back to enjoying your baby!

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Put baby to breast as often as possible, several times an hour is not too much. Actually that is the norm for the human species. Even if you can only put baby to breast a few times per day but then cosleep at night, that should help.. Your prolactin hormone levels peak between
1-5 am, so babies feed frequently in those early morning hours, as milk production is most abundant. That is a very important time though. It is irrelevant now, but to show how important it is, nursing between those hours often impacts when a woman will become fertile again.
Regarding nursing during the day, wearing baby in a wrap, carrier or sling, thus in close proximity to the breast, will encourage latching on and milk intake. The more milk baby takes in, the more your body will produce.
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