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Hi! We have been matched with a mom due January 4th. I started pumping at our match just before Thanksgiving. Prior to that I was on bc and domperidone for 6 or so months. Since pumping I stopped birth control and added blessed thistle, fenugreek, and goats rue. I am pumping 8 times a day including at least once in the middle of the night. I am making about 1/4 ounce a day, which doesn’t seem like much. I am looking for encouragement that it will improve prior to leaving to get the baby (who is in another state) or that supply will increase after baby is on breast, or just words of wisdom, suggestions, comments etc. thanks!!! I should tell you this is my first time lactating and I have never been pregnant.

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So excited for you on every front!!!!

The best advice I got was not to worry about the milk. Everything will fall into place. Very few women make a full supply, but the good news is every drop of breast milk is beneficial. You already have proof that you are producing and a pump is not a warm lovely baby that will activate all the right hormones, so you are doing great! FYI - I stayed on a lower dose of domperidone to maintain my supply.

Do you have an SNS system? The best way to keep building supply once the baby is here is to feed on demand at the breast. Get comfortable with your SNS now so you aren’t sleep deprived trying to figure it out.

Breastfeeding is tough for most mothers (biological or not) for the first 6 weeks or so. It just takes that long for both of you to really get the hang of it. Be patient. Go skin to skin as much of the day as you can. And remember it is as much about the attachment as it is the milk. Putting that little one to the breast is telling them at a primal level that you are here to care for them.

So excited for you! I am always happy to share tips and tricks that I’ve figured out along the way. If you want more info or want to chat please don’t hesitate to reach out.

- Ronda
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Posted by Ronda on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:43am

Use the SNS or lact-aid. Lots of skin to skin contact, and nurse often in those first 6 weeks. A pump is not an efficient way to draw milk from the breast. Lots of time supply will increase when the baby comes.

Breastfeeding is more than breastmilk, like Ronda says its a primal way to bond with your child. Define your own success, and take it day by day.

Good luck and reach out to your Local La Leche League. They are a great resource.

Posted by Lyds780 on Dec 12, 2012 at 9:25pm

I third the advice that what you pump is not what your baby gets. I always pumped about an ounce to two a day, once my supply was in, but I know my baby was getting about an ounce at every feeding from me. What you can pump has a lot more to do with what your breasts can store and how easily your letdown is tricked by the pump than your actual supply.
Also, good on you for pumping so diligently! It gets tough in the wee hours, I know! I often zoned out with a book or my ipod, but others swear by looking at photos of babies, esp. Crying ones, youtube of babies and nursing pairs, etc. sometimes you can trick your letdown with that, especially if you’re a very visual learner.

Posted by Thalas'shaya on Dec 13, 2012 at 9:03am

We haven’t been matched yet but our profile just went live. I would like to start pumping soon, but am not interested in RX….only herbs, which I have been studying for 10 years now. Have you ladies tried the tea? Very interesting about looking at the baby photos. Can you recommend a good pump? Thank you.

Posted by southernbelle on Feb 07, 2013 at 9:58am

I am also interested in breastfeeding once I get matched to my baby, and have never been pregnant. I’ve been wondering best success and suggestions too. I had started (with no herbs) having my husband suckle a good 20+ minutes and my breasts started to swell a little. I plan to buy a high quality (probably medela) breast pump to use when he can’t help assist. But I think the skin to skin from him will help.

Posted by JasminePA on May 09, 2013 at 1:10am

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