Advice Blog: Suzie in Ontario

Hi Wendy,

I read in your monthly magazine that you breast pumped for your daughter for over a year. I have a 4 month old and I pump every day.  I work full time. I pump often to make sure that there is enough for the sitter who is with my baby, while I work.

Would you mind answering a few questions to help me figure all this out?  First, how do I increase breast milk to stock pile?  When my baby was taking 4 ounces every 3 to 4 hours, I had plenty in the freezer.  Now the baby drinks at least 5 ounces at each feeding.  I am getting less out each pumping session and my stock pile is getting very low.

I will admit that I do not get up during the night to  breast pump, but my baby wakes up between 4 and 5 in the morning, and I pump while I feed her.

I am taking the More Milk Plus Vegetarian Capsules that I purchased on your site. It helps, but I still need to make more milk, if that is possible.  Is there anything else that I can take, that you know of?

Also, are there foods or recipes that you know of that will help me make more milk?

Thank you for your help and information.

Suzie in Ontario

 

Welcome Suzie,

It sounds like you are doing well so far.  I would not recommend taking any other supplements.  The More Milk Plus Capsules do an excellent job. We sell other products, but I would rather see you try a couple of other things before adding another supplement.

My first thought is that the night pumping has to make a come-back.  As a working mother, I remember so well, being tired and not wanting to get up at night, but I got up two times each night. 

Those night pumpings made all the difference in the world to my breast milk supply.  I actually pumped at night through the whole year that I was pumping.  I admit I tried to get away with out pumping a few times and I could tell the very next day.  By pumping at night, I had enough milk for Gabrielle and I donated the extra to a breast milk bank donation center for sick babies.

I was always flowing with milk.  Regular pumping is the key.

The second thing to do is make sure that you completely pump all your milk at most pumping sessions.  If I was in a hurry at one pump session, I made sure that the next pumping, I emptied both breasts.  The “hind” milk is the richest and helps maintain milk supply.

You are right to consider your diet.  Some foods and herbs in recipes can help make more milk too.  Be careful with and read the information on our site about decongestants and medications that may dry your milk up. Check out our Increase Breast Milk Section for diet related ideas to help.

Breast Wishes for feeding your baby,

Wendy

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