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Old 03-27-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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uping my supply?

I am interested in donating milk as i saw on HMFHB for my area a mama needs some. I have a great supply now and great milk (19lb 4.5month old) I know I can eat oatmeal and all that great stuff. I hear some things about blessed thistle and fenugreek? thoughts?

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pumping does wonders too. mothers milk plus and tea are another two options for you if toy like.
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pumping does wonders too. mothers milk plus and tea are another two options for you if toy like.
i do pump and get about 9oz from one side each time. i have some mother milk tea!

how many oz should i have stocked up before donating?
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If you already have a great supply, be careful! I was nursing on demand and pumping for donation and tried to increase my already oversupply. I ended up in the hospital for a week with severe mastitis (from no symptoms to severe over night). It's best to just pump, mothers milk tea is a nice gentle boost as well. Supply/demand is how I continue to over-produce, even at 20m.

As for amount to donate, if its local, any at all! I prefer to ship at least 150-2000oz at a time. I have had semi-local pick ups of anywhere from 20oz-3000oz.
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If you already have a great supply, be careful! I was nursing on demand and pumping for donation and tried to increase my already oversupply. I ended up in the hospital for a week with severe mastitis (from no symptoms to severe over night). It's best to just pump, mothers milk tea is a nice gentle boost as well. Supply/demand is how I continue to over-produce, even at 20m.

As for amount to donate, if its local, any at all! I prefer to ship at least 150-2000oz at a time. I have had semi-local pick ups of anywhere from 20oz-3000oz.
i should have worded better, i have a great supply for my son and only pump if he goes too long without feeding. usually at night or if i forget to feed off one side.

2000-3000oz?! Holy cow you are a milk machine!!!
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Another question, sorry to hijack, but how quickly will the oversupply and pumping establish? I'd love to donate but find it discouraging to pump and get like an ounce, and would hate to struggle along for weeks barely having any over supply and not being able to pump much.
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Another question, sorry to hijack, but how quickly will the oversupply and pumping establish? I'd love to donate but find it discouraging to pump and get like an ounce, and would hate to struggle along for weeks barely having any over supply and not being able to pump much.
Some women don't respond well toa pump. How old is LO?
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Some women don't respond well toa pump. How old is LO?
7 months. I've pumped before when I was trying to bottlefeed, so I was able to get 3-4 ounces for her (when she was a month or two). But since I want to pump extra, I figure I'll pump immediately after she eats, and I always feel so empty I'm just thinking I won't get much.
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7 months. I've pumped before when I was trying to bottlefeed, so I was able to get 3-4 ounces for her (when she was a month or two). But since I want to pump extra, I figure I'll pump immediately after she eats, and I always feel so empty I'm just thinking I won't get much.
Hmm my LO is only 4.5 months but I only feed off one side at a time and sometimes pump the other. I read somewhere of you pump 5-10 minutes AFTER your breasts are empty it will trigger your body to produce more.

What kind of pump do you have?
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