HELP! I been breast feeding my baby for 4 months. The first 3 months I was over producing milk. I began to work a month ago, And I been pumping but my milk supply decreased:( I have tried oatmeal, drink 3 lt of water, increasing my calories, mother’s tea. Any advice? I don’t want my milk to dry what can I do please any advice .

  • Emily
    Jan 31, 2018

    Like everyone else is saying, you definitely have to pump at least as much as you would be nursing. If you are trying to increase your production, you may have to do it a bit more initially as well. When my daughter was about 3 months old I went on an overnight trip & left her with my mother. I was gone maybe 24hrs total, but I (stupidly) forgot my pump (terrible mistake for more reasons than just the drop in milk supply haha) & went from producing 6-8 oz in a sitting to 2-4 oz, one day made all that difference & to get back to where I was at before, I had to pump at least an extra 3-5 minutes after every nursing for about 6-10 days. & I pumped maybe 2-3 extra times in the day when I could as well (like when the baby was napping) but that might not be so easy with a work schedule. But yeah, so patience & consistency are really key. Hope this was helpful & not just long-winded haha,, Good luck!

  • Lavisha
    Jan 31, 2018

    Say yes to Fenugreek! It also helped when I pumped during feeding times

  • Mae
    Jan 31, 2018

    If you have a Facebook, the Milky Mama Lactation Support Group has been really helpful for me. A lot of people asking a lot of questions (this one has been asked numerous times), and people providing answers. The admin is a certified lactation consultant and also answers a lot of questions. Also, be careful with Fenugreek. It works for some women, but in other women it has actually diminished their supply.

  • Larissa
    Jan 31, 2018

    Moringa was recommended by the lactation consultant I saw. Seems to be helping!

  • Natalie
    Jan 31, 2018

    Thanks for the replies. I pump every 4 hours for 20 minutes sometimes when I only pump 2oz I pump for 30 min.

  • Natalie
    Jan 31, 2018

    How do you consume fenugreek?

  • Daniela
    Jan 31, 2018

    This happens to most when they return to work! Fenugreek! 3 pills three times a day! Works well! It’s only temporary for like 1-2weeks and then u should be able to come off. Lots of water and carbs! Carbs help too! I would pump every 3hrs for a max of 20min. Usually u won’t get anymore after 15-20min so not worth it. Instead try increasing frequency to every 3. I did not pump when I was around them, only at work. Each time is diff and Uour supply can b diff

  • anonymous mom
    Jan 31, 2018

    You can get it in tea or I think you can also buy tablets. Your baby is beautiful by the way!! And you and my daughter share the same name🤗

  • Jacqueline
    Jan 31, 2018

    Have you tried fenugreek? Also taking are you taking at least a 30 minute break every 3-4 hours you work to pump? Breast milk is supply and demand so if you are not pumping as often as your baby would be eating you are going to loose a significant amount in your supply.

  • Jacqueline
    Jan 31, 2018
  • Liyah
    Jan 31, 2018

    Caffeine and stress decreases ur milk supply..eat almonds, peanut butter, avocado, banana, cheese, drink milk..wic had told me that the more your baby nurses it's better than pumping..when you get home pump on one side nurse on the other..then switch..eat eat eat..

  • Liyah
    Jan 31, 2018

    You can massage your boob then pump or get a heating pad and put on the sides of ur boobs then pump..sometimes milk dries up so massaging and a lil warmth helps too. Good luck 💗

  • Andria
    Feb 01, 2018

    Coconut water doubles your milk production.

  • Sarah
    Feb 01, 2018

    There’s this supplement on amazon you can buy called Let There Be Milk. It’s basically most of these herbal supplements that other ladies have recommended in a tincture. The taste is extremely strong, but I take a little with a mouthful of juice and it’s ok, and it’s worked like a charm. A word about fenugreek - it definitely is effective but it also can increase gas in mom and baby. Just something to be aware of if baby already had digestive issues, etc. I also second the heat and massaging. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Feb 01, 2018

    Similar to you, I was an overproducer before returning to work at 12 weeks. By week 20, I had gone through my freezer supply and wasn't producing enough. I pumped every 3-4 hours using the Medela Symphony for about 30 minutes each time. I took the fenugreek and drank 3-4L of water each day. However, nothing got my supply back up and I had to supplement with formula each day. I know many women who fall into this camp once they go back to work. Try not to stress about it - the most important thing is that your baby is getting enough to eat, regardless of whether it is breast milk or formula.

  • Jess
    Feb 01, 2018

    I had a hard time keeping my production up when I switched to pumping (my boy decided he was over breast feeding one day and never looked back). I had a hard time with it because I hated pumping and it stressed me out, doing it outside of the house was worse. I slowly upped the pumping power as I could handle it until I was near max power every time and to help trigger a better letdown I bought a “bed buddy” from Walgreens. You microwave it for a minute and put it on the breasts (or boob tubes you can buy on amazon are the same type of thing). And I watched videos of my baby either laughing (or doing something equally adorable) or crying, your breasts want to fix it lol! This may feel weird but bring a baby blanket and smell it. Sometimes when I was pumping at home I’d have my husband bring over our boy so I could sniff the sweet baby smell, then we’d crack up bc they instantly started producing more! Also I would pump until they were completely empty first thing in the morning even if it took an hour because that’s when I had the most milk, same right before bed. I would suggest pumping after you BF when you know you have a good letdown. If you’re worried about supply (or anything at all) it makes it harder. Worst case scenario is you supplement with formula which is absolutely fine. You’re a rockstar to pump all day while working. That’s tough! Don’t beat yourself up, you’re doing the best you can!

  • Jess
    Feb 01, 2018

    ... also SO MUCH water. It’s easy when you’re busy at work to keep up on how much you need.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 01, 2018

    Try pumping every 2 hours for 30-45 mins for a few days and see if it increases. My let down was at minute 45! 😬

  • Kerry
    Feb 03, 2018

    My first son was still eating every two hours when I went back to work. Videos of him giving cues that he needed to breastfeed (he had this cute tongue thrust) really helped me, and closing my eyes and thinking of him (mindfulness light) as I was starting. It's hard work mama - if it makes you feel better, I ended up breastfeeding him for twenty-two months, and I'm at eleven months with my youngest.

  • DorothyThornton
    Aug 14, 2019

    Fenugreek did nothing. I was taking 2 every few hours. Went on domperidone and it worked in almost 24 hours and changed my life. No more top ups. No more expressing after every feed to increase supply and getting no where. Your are lucky if you can get the prescription. I just found Domperidone on “Getdombf” (you can search on Google) ❤️. I had to pump every 3 hours for 3 weeks to try and increase naturally before I could get one.