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Postnatal health

Low milk supply

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GrapesAreMyJam · 31/01/2018 16:46

I have been expressing breast milk since DD was born as she was born with a low birth weight and was too small to latch on.

I've been expressing around 200ml per session, however today I've been lucky if I get to 80ml.

I've been really tired today and not eaten particularly well yesterday or today. Would that have an impact on milk supply?

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DeadDoorpost · 01/02/2018 00:20

Ive noticed the same with me, especially if I've not been drinking enough.

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Mermaid36 · 01/02/2018 00:25

Are you expressing enough times in 24hrs? Depending on DDs age, you may still need to do 8-10 sessions in 24hrs, with at least 1 between 2 and 4am.

You need to drink loads of water/juice and eat something (even if its chocolate/cake/junk food)

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Proudmummy17 · 01/02/2018 00:30

I'm expressing and sometimes my supply gets low, eat plenty drink plenty and get some sleep if poss, try not to stress as this doesn't help at all ( easier said than done I know ) when my supply gets low I pump every 2-3 hours and defo in the night too as I was told that during the night your body makes more milk also I drink fenugreek tea ( from the bran tub it's especially for nursing mummys) 3 times a day!! Congratulations on your little one xx

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GrapesAreMyJam · 01/02/2018 03:21

Wow, thanks for the advice everyone. I thought something was going wrong, but hopefully will have a better day.

DD is just over two weeks and I'm expressing generally every three to four hours

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LuchiMangsho · 01/02/2018 03:25

If she’s not latching at all and you are exclusively pumping then you need to express more frequently. You may get less per session but you will stimulate your supply more. At this age 3 hours was the MAXIMUM between breastfeeds. It was more like 90 mins to 2 hours. If she is latching then it’s fine.

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Proudmummy17 · 03/02/2018 11:50

grapesaremyjam how is your milk supply now?
Last few weeks i was really struggling and only getting enough for a feed, id pump and partner fed whilst i pumped the rest, things I tried...

  • not to get too stressed!! ( easier said than done )
  • making sure I pump in the night
  • eat and drink plenty even if I didn't feel like it
  • pumped every 2-3 hours
  • drank fenugreek tea 3x a day
  • don't give up

I now have a good supply backed up in the fridge 18 oz which is 3 and a half feeds for my lo. Xx
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GrapesAreMyJam · 03/02/2018 12:08

It appears to have improved a little. I've started taking fenugreek supplements as well. My main problem is getting really stressed

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Proudmummy17 · 03/02/2018 13:44

Are you getting stressed around feeding lo or is it other Stress? Xx

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GrapesAreMyJam · 03/02/2018 16:56

Most definitely stress regarding feeding her. I'm stressing about supplying enough milk for her. It seems to be improving slowly

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BertrandRussell · 03/02/2018 16:57

Have you tried latching her on again now she's bigger?

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GrapesAreMyJam · 03/02/2018 17:10

I try before each feed is due, she's managed it about four times since she was born (she's three weeks tomorrow). So we're getting there!

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BertrandRussell · 03/02/2018 19:03

Can I suggest you try every time she so much as squeaks?

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Situp · 03/02/2018 19:07

I have been given magnesium supplements and fennel tea to improve my supply and it has been much better with this baby than first 2. Obviously check with HV first x

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Proudmummy17 · 06/02/2018 22:45

How you getting on grapesaremyjam? one way I looked at it even though I sat in tears over it was if she has to have a few formula feeds whilst I get my milk back up at least she'll be fed and happy that helped with my stress!! Xx

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GrapesAreMyJam · 07/02/2018 14:29

Getting on better thanks! I've been taking fenugreek as a supplement which seems to have improved things. She's managing to latch on a couple of times a day, but have been using formula as a back up so the stress of me not producing enough has gone which really helps!

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