Supply

Yeah I know, I talk about this a lot. My life almost revolves around pumping right now so hey, what do you expect??

Anyway. Yesterday I pumped over 8 ounces! Best pump day ever!  I was so proud, Ben was only eating 10 and 2/3 of an ounce per day so I was closing the gap!

Today they upped his feedings to 45 ccs at a time, for a daily total of 12 ounces! Aaarrrgghhh!  So I'm back to making about 2/3 of what he needs. Oh well, its still an improvement. In my middle of the night pumps I'm getting a full ounce each time which is exciting. If only I could do that every time I pumped. :)

They said even breast fed preemies usually go home on 2 feedings a day of formula, to get extra calcium and other stuff. So technically I only need to make 3/4 of what he needs.

Let me tell you all the crap I'm taking now: 12 pills of fenugreek, 3 of lecithin (to help me not get clogs; I've had 4 so far!), 6 of brewers yeast, and 6 of blessed thistle every day. I eat oatmeal almost every day for breakfast, and started drinking gatorade/powerade every day (allegedly it helps with hydration which helps with milk production). Oatmeal, fenugreek, blessed thistle, and brewers yeast are supposed to help with milk production.  I also pump 10 times a day (11 yesterday!), including once at 1 a.m. and once at 4 a.m.

Nursing is really hit or miss. This morning he did so good, I only got 3 ccs out of the side he nursed on.  Sometimes though I know he's just not doing a good job.

Anyway, I'm tired and I can't think of what else I was going to say. So bye!

Comments

  1. I don't know if anyone has said this already, but don't get too hung up on what amount you pump. Some women don't respond well to pumping, and it really is no indication of how much your baby is getting when he is nursing. Low pumping supply does not equal low supply.

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  2. The biggest pump I ever got I had the baby actually nursing on the other side. I never pumped more than 2 oz from one side and my son was exclusively breastfed! When I pumped once while nursing I got 5 oz and my baby was like 6 months old. You are actually probably good to go already.

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