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I am 5'7" and about 120lbs. My supply seems adequate but is by no means copious. Sometimes I am very full, but lately I have been unable to pump even 1oz out of both breasts. Should I gain weight?
 

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it seems to me that you might want to eat some extra calories. i had a very thin friend about the same height but even thinner and she had some issues with making enough milk after the first little bit. she had some eating disorder issues that needed to be addressed too which was kinda tangled up with the bf'ing issues.<br><br>
for me, i ate tons and didn't gain a thing while bf'ing. i think it just went straight to my milk. but we're all different. how's your baby doing? and how old? should your supply be decreasing naturally now?
 

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Mmm... my ds is 6 mo and doesn't really seem interested or ready for solids yet. He tastes stuff but doesn't really care much to eat them. He seems to have plenty of dirty diapers but is getting thinner due to activity. He has 2 teeth already and is crawling. I know I should use these things as an indicator but I am used to big growth spurts as he gained and grew very quickly and has leveled off now. Also, not being able to pump anything bothers and worries me.
 

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It's perfectly normal for your breasts to feel less full when your baby is 6mo, though some women find that happens closer to 3mo or 4mo. Among working and pumping moms, it's incredibly common to see a drop in ebm volume around 6m pp. I had to add in more pumping sessions around that time because I started getting less milk at each session. And I was nowhere NEAR underweight at the time!<br><br>
What's happening, basically, is that instead of making more milk than your baby needs, you're making just enough, and just when he needs it. There's less "extra" to make you feel full, but the baby is still getting all that he needs. Much of the milk is actually produced while he's nursing, never having a chance to make you feel full.<br><br>
Only being able to pump 1/2 oz or so out of each breast, after a full nursing, when you're not used to pumping, is perfectly normal. It's not an indication that you have no milk, just that either you're not able to let down properly for the pump, or you don't have much left after the baby has had his fill.<br><br>
Why do you feel the need to pump? How often are you pumping? Have you been pumping all along or did you just start pumping recently?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's perfectly normal for your breasts to feel less full when your baby is 6mo, though some women find that happens closer to 3mo or 4mo. Among working and pumping moms, it's incredibly common to see a drop in ebm volume around 6m pp. I had to add in more pumping sessions around that time because I started getting less milk at each session. And I was nowhere NEAR underweight at the time!<br><br>
What's happening, basically, is that instead of making more milk than your baby needs, you're making just enough, and just when he needs it. There's less "extra" to make you feel full, but the baby is still getting all that he needs. Much of the milk is actually produced while he's nursing, never having a chance to make you feel full.<br><br>
Only being able to pump 1/2 oz or so out of each breast, after a full nursing, when you're not used to pumping, is perfectly normal. It's not an indication that you have no milk, just that either you're not able to let down properly for the pump, or you don't have much left after the baby has had his fill.<br><br>
Why do you feel the need to pump? How often are you pumping? Have you been pumping all along or did you just start pumping recently?</div>
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I want to be able to leave the house for more than 2 hours and sometimes I have to. I have always had him with me so that will be a transition. I will hopefully be observing some midwife attended births so I may have to leave ds with daddy.
 

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Yeah, it can't hurt to make sure you get a lot of good fats and calories in your diet while you're nursing.<br><br>
That said, I am 5'9" and breastfed my son at 115 pounds, and I had a great supply. I never had any problems at all until I got pregnant when he was 14 months old, at which point it totally tanked, but that was the pregnancy - not my weight.
 

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it's less about being thin than it is about getting enough calories.<br><br>
here's a link for telling if your supply really is affected- some women just aren't able to produce very well for the pump, after all it doesn't work as well as the baby. you might want to try first thing in the morning when hormone levels are high.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html#supply" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/lo...ly.html#supply</a><br><br>
and it if you feel you're not getting enough calories, good healthy ways to do that (rather than forcing a cheeseburger down or something) are eating avacados, making smoothies, sneaking olive oil and butter into your meals, adding cheese to sandwiches & salads. (assuming you're not vegan!) good luck! if baby has lots of wet diapers, it's likely your supply is fine, you might want to try a better quality pump (ie, hospital grade, or Medela PIS- I don't know what you're using now)
 

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I think that if you have a healthy diet, then weight doesn't affect supply. I have always been very thin, and i am now 5'9" and 110 lb. I make plenty of milk for dd, but I eat like a horse too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I guess everything I eat goes to dd.<br>
I never could pump much. I had a medela PIS, and I could still only get 1 oz from both breasts. I know dd was getting more than that, but i couldn't get it out with the pump, so just know that that alone does not mean you have a low supply. If your baby is healthy, then i wouldn't worry about supply.<br>
sorry i don't have any suggestions about pumping - it never worked for me.
 

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Just wanted to add that pumping does not equal supply- your baby gets far more from you than a pump does. Pumping is a skill- and not everyone responds well to a pump. I would add more healthy fats to your diet- avocados, etc.- and eat more. Oatmeal helps, too. Your breasts may feel "floppy" at this point, but they will still produce enough milk for your baby. You don't have to feel "full" to be making enough milk.
 

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I had oversupply at 5'11" and 120 lbs<br><br>
Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid!<br>
And if you are trying to pump, try first thing in the morning when your supply should be highest
 
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