I know it can be hard to pump for 20 mins at a time while chasing two small ones but really it is critical! Can a friend help you some? Is your DH good at wrangling the older 2?
If you can do 20 or even 30 mins at least 3 times per day and 10-15 minutes another 3 times/day that would be great. PM me if you want some other thoughts about increasing supply.
Hang in there - I am sorry that you're having to deal with this.
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Originally Posted by mrssteier
20 Min? See I pump for 10 min. And my milk has stopped flowing after 5 I just keep the pump going thinking it will make me make more milk. I could do 20 min 3 times a day like every other pump time. It would be hard to be tied to a pump for 20 min with my other two running around. But I will give that a try... Thank you
Don't forget you will get more than one letdown if you keep going, so keep trying it! Maybe even ry 25-30!
I second the suggestion of power pumping - just try it and see if it helps
|If you are exclusively pumping, try a round of “power pumping” -- use your breast pump for twenty minutes, stop for twenty minutes. Repeat -- pump for twenty minutes, stop for twenty minutes, and then repeat a third time. This will provide one hour of pumping in a two-hour period. Then resume your regular pumping schedule. Some mothers find this provides a jump-start to their milk production, much as an infant going through a growth spurt would ask to feed more frequently. Try power pumping twice a week for long-term maintenance of supply when exclusively pumping.|
and finally, just get her home once you start to NURSE her your supply will increase, though it may take time. Nothing makes milk like breastfeeding
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