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OK...I have never had a problem with milk production before but I have also never been under so much stress. I have been nursing now since my oldest was born almost 30 months ago. I am tandeming my 30mo and 9mo though the 30mo nurses once a day. Day care told me that my 9mo needs more milk. I am currently sending her with about 8-10oz for a 10 hour day - that is simply all I can make at this point. They told me she was crying and grabbing for the other kiddos bottles and needs more milk. She has been in two other day cares and her father watches her but they never said anyhting; just this new place. For a little history - I have been working full-time now since the beginning of July; before that I was a SAHM/srudent and was gone 15 hours a week tops. I have tried Mother's Milk tea and oatmeal and it just is not helping. I did not start puimping until Devin was 7mo consistently since there was not a need to. She has never had formula and I am at a loss. How can I avoid supplementation? Is there anything I can do? Has anyone else dealt with supplementing an older baby? Thanks...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
As a saide note: I began pumping with my oldest when she was born and could pump 8oz at a time when she was this age so I know it is possible. I usually pump once at work during lunch, once after I get home, once in the middle of the night, an d once in the am before work but I only get 1-2 oz no matter how long I pump. I use the Pump in Style if that helps.
 

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Fenugreek worked wonderfully to increase my supply for pumping when DD was about 8 months old. It took about 3 days to start working, I kept pumping often, and only had to take it for about 2 weeks before my supply was built up on its own. I also found that I would get almost twice as much milk while pumping if I pumped one side while DD nursed on the other breast. This was especially true first thing in the morning.<br><br>
DD and I smelled like pancakes during that time (maple syrup smell from the fenugreek). HTH!!! Goodluck!
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I have heard about fenugreek but have never taken it myself - how much do I take? And do I keep taking it after my supply increases or do I stop then? Thanks again...
 

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you know- it has been so long since I used it that I can not remember the amount right off the top of my head. I know i was taking it three times a day and that I only had to use it for about 2 weeks and then my supply stayed up without having to take the herb anymore. I will search and try to find a link to the amounts for you.
 

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Here you go!!!<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html" target="_blank">Kellymom link- with tons of info</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Goodluck!
 

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I take 3, 3 times a day; but the bottle suggests 2, 3 times a day. At first my body responded well (never smelled like syrup!) but now it doesn't - a momma suggested mother's milk tea instead, so that's another idea!<br><br>
eta- don't feel like you failed if you have to suppliment (I started to today) "you are doing the best you can for your baby, you can't help it if your body doesn't respond well to pumping," (my mom's words - who is so pro-BF I thought she would "shun" me for letting my baby have formula!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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How much is she nursing the other 14 hours of the day? Does she still nurse at night? The first thing I would try and do would be nurse nurse nurse when she's with you...this will help make up for the amount she's getting during the day, and will also help stimulate your supply.<br><br>
You don't mention how big she is, but if she is nursing well when she's with you, 8-10 oz. really could be enough. Sometimes daycares that are less familiar with breastfeeding can overestimate the amount of milk a baby needs.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I am a working mom and I pumped until DD was 12 months, then switched her to cows milk. I managed to get by without supplementing, but not everyone can respond to the pump well enough to get enough milk. (I also pumped extra at night after DD had gone to bed). I think around that age I was sending 12 oz (3 /4oz bottles) and the daycare was saying it wasn't enough. I think I bumped it up to 16 oz. Well, one day I went in and that same teacher who was telling me that DD needed more milk was rattling the bottle around in the other bf'd baby's mouth (I knew that was the only other baby that was being bf'd because I had seen his mom in the car nursing him one day in her sling). This is exactly what you are not supposed to do with bf'd babies. I would go to kellymom.com and print out information on how to bottle feed a breast fed baby. (there is also a work/pump website - <a href="http://www.workandpump.com" target="_blank">www.workandpump.com</a> maybe, that may have good information). Give that to your care provider.<br>
How much are you nursing when at home? Is your child getting any solids? If so, perhaps you could have most of the solids given at daycare, so that your child will be filled up and not wanting milk as much.<br>
Good luck. If you do feel that you have to supplement, it isn't the end of the world.<br>
I remember that after dd moved up to the next classroom at a year (and actually then I started sending cows milk while continuing to nurse, and we still nurse) the next teacher was much better, and she never had problems without having enough milk. sometimes I think it is the teacher, not the child.
 
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