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I can't tell if I'm pumping slightly less or if dd is eating slightly more while I'm at work (probably both) but each week it seems like a little more milk comes out of the freezer and a little less goes in. I've been eating oatmeal or homemade granola most mornings and taking fenugreek for a while already. How can I boost my output a little? No more than 3.5 hours goes between pumping and nursing round the clock. I pump once in the middle of my afternoon shift--11:30-3:30--and twice on the day I work a full day--7:30-3:30. I also pump every morning at home, but some weekend days I skip. It's not a dire situation, but I don't want to see my freezer stash dwindle and catch me by surprise one day when there isn't enough.
 

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Is AF an issue? If so, check out Kellymom for info on supplementing with Calcium and Magnesium.<br><br>
Have you ever tried Mother's Milk Tea?<br><br>
As far as the oatmeal, I like to remind Moms that it may be displacing the protein and fat they also need. I would suggest you add walnuts and/or peanut butter to your oatmeal.<br><br>
Have you tried using the Marmet / massage technique when pumping?<br><br>
I'm running into the same issue at 7 months but that may have more to do with cutting my pumping sessions so I'll work on that first.<br><br>
Good luck to us both.<br>
~Cath
 

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it sounds like you are doing all you can. the only thing i would change is not skipping the weekend pumps. when i first started working, i was able to pump enough just during the workday to meet DS's needs, but as his appetite grew and as my supply has very slowly dropped, i am no longer able to do that. I have always pumped first thing in the morning, both during the week and on weekends. At first, the weekend milk was just going straight to the freezer, and now its pretty much what keeps me whole for the week.
 

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THis is happening to me too. I keep having to add pumping sessions in. I was pumping two times at work, getting the 12 oz dd takes at dc. Then I had to up it to three, now I have added in a 4th. As a teacher, I only get two breaks, my plan and my lunch, so I have learned to pump and drive. The only way for me to pump outside work, as dd HATES when I pump.<br><br>
Now I pump one side on the way to daycare, one side from daycare to work, then the reverse after work. I am able to put back about an ounce a day in the freezer now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">THis is happening to me too. I keep having to add pumping sessions in. I was pumping two times at work, getting the 12 oz dd takes at dc. Then I had to up it to three, now I have added in a 4th. As a teacher, I only get two breaks, my plan and my lunch, so I have learned to pump and drive. The only way for me to pump outside work, as dd HATES when I pump.<br><br>
Now I pump one side on the way to daycare, one side from daycare to work, then the reverse after work. I am able to put back about an ounce a day in the freezer now.</div>
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Oh, man, pumping while driving would be tricky--especially with a stick shift! DD doesn't mind when I pump at home. In fact, she likes playing with the tubing. I guess I need to keep it up on the weekends, which is easy enough when I remember.
 

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All the PPs have given you good advice, but I just wanted to add one thing I did while I was still pumping for DD.... Have you tried doing power pumping at night? I think it is supposed to boost pump output and supply in general...<br><br>
My old LC recommended this to me, where after the "last" feeding of the day (I guess when DC goes to bed for first time at night), you pump for 5-10 minutes on one side, switch sides, and repeat 1-2 more times. I never got a lot of output during these sessions (but every ounce helps YKWIM) but after 2-3 days of doing this, the amount I would pump at work would increase. i would stop doing the power pumping at that point, and then just repeat later if needed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">All the PPs have given you good advice, but I just wanted to add one thing I did while I was still pumping for DD.... Have you tried doing power pumping at night? I think it is supposed to boost pump output and supply in general...<br><br>
My old LC recommended this to me, where after the "last" feeding of the day (I guess when DC goes to bed for first time at night), you pump for 5-10 minutes on one side, switch sides, and repeat 1-2 more times. I never got a lot of output during these sessions (but every ounce helps YKWIM) but after 2-3 days of doing this, the amount I would pump at work would increase. i would stop doing the power pumping at that point, and then just repeat later if needed.</div>
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if you have double electric pump (both sides at once) what should i do? i like the idea of power pumping......but cant figure out how to make it work with a double pump, if i only have it on one side, it doesn't seem to get alot of suction. TIA
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">if you have double electric pump (both sides at once) what should i do? i like the idea of power pumping......but cant figure out how to make it work with a double pump, if i only have it on one side, it doesn't seem to get alot of suction. TIA</div>
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Hmmm... I am only experienced w/ my little manual, so I'm not sure about the double electric <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> It seems like it would still work the same, but instead of one at a time, I guess do both for 10 minutes and then give both sides a 10 minute break, then repeat. I think the break is an important part of it, to maybe signal your body to make more milk (that is just a guess though)...<br><br>
good luck!
 

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I did everything under the sun to get my supply up and never had enough for the pump. I did fine with nursing in person.<br><br>
In the end, I had to send formula with her to the DCP. My DD nursed all night and then STILL wanted to drink all day.<br><br>
I did the best I could, and she's healthy and happy now.<br><br>
I just wanted to throw some support out there if you end up being forced to use formula, because formula is often villanized on MDC.<br><br>
I shed many tears over it and it all turned out fine.<br><br>
Good luck to you!<br>
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I found that pumping one side (just w/a manual pump--I typically leave my big double pump at work) every time I fed my daughter worked really well for me. I was getting an extra 6-8 ounces per day that way. I really produced more when I was actively feeding her.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">if you have double electric pump (both sides at once) what should i do? i like the idea of power pumping......but cant figure out how to make it work with a double pump, if i only have it on one side, it doesn't seem to get alot of suction. TIA</div>
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what type of pump do you have? my PIS has a little rubber cap that i can put over one of the connector pieces where the tubing hooks up to the pump. if i am only pumping on one side, i just cover the connector i am not using. i pump one side all the time and never have a problem with suction
 

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yeah i am just dumb......my dh read my post and he told me i could just squeeze the other tube (I have a medela lactina) and that worked! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm having the same problem these days. Unfortunately, my schedule is fixed with no flexibility, so I can't add in pumping sessions throughout the day. I couldn't keep up after his 6 week growth spurt, so we've had to supplement with formula to make sure he has enough to eat throughout the day. We mix it with EBM, so at least he's getting mama milk in each bottle and I nurse him on demand when I'm home with him. Giving him even the tiniest bit of formula broke my heart, but in the end I had to do what was best for my little guy.<br><br>
I hope you're able to increase your pumping output, but if you have to supplement with formula, just remember that you're only doing what's best for your little one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I was able to add pumping sessions at work, 4x a day in a 9 hour day. I only had to do it for a week. I also bought a new pump that just rocked!! It's the ISIS IQ Duo. It was expensive but so so worth it. I'm very opposed to buying formula, i'd take freebies if I needed it, though. So I gave DD a jar of veggies or fruit to make another feeding when she was at dc. She was 6 months old, so it was ok to add solids. If your baby is still too young, I'd recommend double pumping late at night for 15 mins, break for 30 mins, pump 15. That works in 2 days! GL
 

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I had to pump at night (every night, pretty much), after my daughter was asleep (but somehow it never occurred to me to pump on weekends--wish I'd known about MDC back then. I never heard about the pump, wait a bit and pump again idea or I would've tried it. It's stressful, trying to keep up and feeling like you're just barely able. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Have you tried pumping in the drive to get her or the drive home. If you have an electric pump you can get a resonably priced adapter and use it with your cigarette lighter. If that isn't possible try adding a time of day to pump everyday. I found that I got a lot more when I perfected hand expression and did it while dd nursed the other side. Our bodies will create more to meet our babies need for more even when it is hand expressed into a cup. It was kind of like tricking my body into thinking there had been a growth spurt and it worked.
 
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