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My milk supply is running low. My baby is 7 months and I've tried everything.

I've tried legendairy/euphoric herbals/milky mama/ making my own lactation treats eating oatmeal I drink a gallon of water everyday and I have one month at work and my supply has tanked. My freezer stash is gone. I'm crying because everyday I fight hard to produce this milk and by the end of the day I'm exhausted. I have implants and had the incision is through the nipple. It's a miracle I've gone this long. And I'm weighing my options for goat milk formula or maybe get donated milk even though I imagine that being hard. Anyone with a similar experience have any advice. I've realized that my left max capacity is 4oz and my right is 2. Each time I pump now I'm getting 2-3oz I used to get 4-5 and I pump every 3-4 hours and breastfeed at night 1-3x.

  • Aubrie
    Jul 31, 2018

    Yes- it is all about demand. So I would start increasing your pumping frequency to every 2 hours while you’re at work.

  • Allie
    Jul 31, 2018

    Hi Hydie, soon after my daughter was born I had to go to the hospital for a few nights. Needless to say my milk supply went down considerably. I started drinking Ovaltine (regular one for the malt). That along with constant pumping and breastfeeding got me back on track. What I will say is give yourself a lot of credit, you have fed your baby for 7 months! Going back to work is tough, and worrying about your milk supply may also hurt. If you need to supplement with formula please do, your baby needs to keep eating, whether it’s breast milk or formula. Your baby also needs a mom that is happy, so don’t beat yourself up. You are important too and you’ve done a great job so far ❤️

  • Katrina
    Jul 31, 2018

    2-3oz per session is a normal amount to pump. Your baby will get more each session than a pump will. Breastfed babies will eat a total of 25-30oz per day, so if baby eats at bedtime, once overnight, and morning with a guesstimate of 4oz per session, that's half of the milk baby would need per day. Most babies eat 1-1.5oz per hour that mom is away. Is it possible baby is being overfed by bottle? This is very common, especially amount caregivers who aren't educated on breastfeeding or in paced bottle feeding.

  • Tina
    Jul 31, 2018

    Have you tried power pumping?

  • Hydie
    Jul 31, 2018

    @ale thank you. Your words mean a lot. @katrina he eats about 4oz a sitting. Maybe 3-4x a day I was making 21 oz in a day before and he would feed once or twice at night and now I'm making 12-16 in a day. I wish I could pump every 2 hours but I can't with my job. @tina yes. Like once a day But I don't find it helps me and to do more than that I can't. Last night I woke up at 3am to pump to see if I can up the pumping times and get a little more. I only pumped 2oz. 😔 But my baby also isn't feeding much at night and I think that's what made my supply dip.

  • Katrina
    Jul 31, 2018

    If you're pumping 12-16 oz a day, that sounds appropriate for you being away from baby between eight and ten hours a day. Maybe the occasional freezer stash use, but I'd only think you'd need to pull freezer stash consistently if you're away from baby closer to twelve hours. What does your breastfeeding routine look like outside of work? Often baby eating more outside of work hours will both help keep supply and take some pumping pressure off you. It can be hard if you're trying to juggle other commitments, but many moms find it easier than trying to monitor eating at childcare. Changes like nursing at pickup time or nursing in the morning instead of pumping can add up to a better-few baby, since he y gets more milk than the pump gets. Are you connected to La Leche League? One of their leaders might be a good person to talk this through with in real time. Many of them have breastfed while working, and all of them are experienced at helping moms troubleshoot their own situation to find a workable solution. http://www.lllie.org/

  • Hydie
    Jul 31, 2018

    @katrina 🙌🏼♥️♥️♥️♥️thank you so much for this info 😊

  • Ashley
    Jul 31, 2018

    Power pumping really worked for me. I did it 2-3x a day for 2 days over a weekend. I saw a jump in the following week. My supply dropped quite a bit when my period came back. I did this to bolster my freezer stash for that. Good luck, mama.

  • Mattie
    Jul 31, 2018

    Formula is not a bad thing FYI. A baby with a belly full of formula is better than a baby with a belly half full of Breast Milk

  • Katrina
    Jul 31, 2018

    Mattie, I completely agree with you! Formula is life-saving for many babies, and a sanity saver for lots of moms, because moms are important too. But when breastfeeding has been working and the amounts, timelines, and issues noted suggest that breastmilk can continue to meet babies needs with tweaks to system rather than with supplementation, it's usually better for all involved to tweak the systems instead of introducing the hassle of a whole new feeding type. If a mom wants to keep feeding her baby the way she's chosen, she deserves help in doing that. Especially when all the numbers Hydie has given point to a normal, healthy supply that has plenty for baby. Let's help her troubleshoot where the actual issue might be instead. If she wants to use formula, I have no doubt that she knows exactly where she can get some.

  • Nayely
    Jul 31, 2018

    I feel you! Around 8 months I was forced to supplement with formula because everything I tried just wasn’t helping. Let me tell you, I have never felt like more a failure than when I realized my body wasn’t making enough for my child. It can be super tough, but trust me, fed is best! It’s okay if you’re not making enough, you’ve done great by making it this far. Be very proud of yourself!

  • Corina
    Jul 31, 2018

    Hey Hydie, Check out the cleavage club on Facebook. They are an amazing breastfeeding support group. I joined because I was struggling and they helped me successfully breastfeed. My daughter is gonna be 2 and it’s been awesome

  • Hydie
    Jul 31, 2018

    Thank you all so much. I'm always very hesitant to post on here but honestly I'm so moved by your advice and kind words. Thank you so much!!

  • Anonymous
    Jul 31, 2018

    Check out kellymom for tips. I found the site super helpful. And to be honest, I was at the same place as you where I was waking up an hour early to pump and going to bed late to pump and stressing all the time. My sister sat me down and had a talk. So here it is. You are doing your best. The more stressed and unhappy you are about pumping the worse a mom you’ll be. So pump what you can and supplement with formula for the rest. And that’s fine. More than fine. You’re doing what you need to do to keep sane and be happy for your baby. They’ll still get the benefits of breast milk. My dad is a nutritionist and said the best formula on the market is enfmail enspire.

  • Hydie
    Jul 31, 2018

    Thank you. Whoever you are. I have a 4 yr old who I bf like 2 months and I was just stuck to this determination and mentality to push as much as I can and not give up this time. And I felt since I did it 6 months these next 6 months would be a breeze but now that's not even a possibility and I'm more hurt by my own determination. I know he'll be okay. I really do. I just feel like a cow and not even a good one at that. Lol. But thank you ladies. Honestly, I think maybe hearing it from other women I feel better than when my husband and mom tell me to not feel that way.

  • Turah
    Jul 31, 2018

    I had a similar issue where I was down to my last 4 bags and my daughter was eating double of what I was able to pump. She’s 7 months now and i use solids and finger foods to help curve her appetite and I pretty much ate/snacked a lot more. So in between my meals, I was eating nuts or anything that had oats in it, fruit, a side salad, jst anything that I felt would help. When I first started back working I was pumping damn near 20oz a day and then after her first cold (i got sick too smh) my supply was pretty much cut in half. An she was still drinking 14 oz a day after she got better, I was devastated. I too tried the legendary but I didn’t really see much of a difference. If you decide to stick with breast milk or go to formula either way, jst know you did a great job making it this far! Breastfeeding is so much harder than you’re ever really prepared for. Don’t beat yourself up. Jst take it a day at a time. It’ll work itself out!!

  • Sherien
    Aug 01, 2018

    You have done so great ! I’m so impressed with you getting this far pumping! Good job.. please know as babies grow obviously they need more milk however a pump doesn’t grow your milk supply the way your baby does. By latching their lips to areola / it triggers more and more milk supply a machine can’t do that no matter how hard man kind works to recreate what nature does! So please don’t cry you are amazing for caring

  • Danielle
    Aug 03, 2018

    Hi, Hydie try to cluster pump for 1 day. Like feed the baby then wait 10 minutes pump wait 45 minutes pump again then wait till baby is hungry then nurse then repeat. Its exhausting but it works wounders!! If your milk supply isn't that off from what you used to get then taking all those supplements will almost hurt you more the help. Most of the time they do the opposite for you. Hope this helps.

  • Natalie
    Aug 05, 2018

    Order some domperidone (10mg) and you will definitely see your milk come in!