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Old 10-16-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Do I HAVE to pump as well?

I figure this is more of a breastfeeding question than pumping question. I'm REALLY trying to nurse twins, but I have such low supply. I only get about 1 ounce per pumping session, per breast, so 2 ounces total at most. And I have two babies that need 2 ounces each, at least. When I nurse, they act like they are starving after our nursing session, so they get supplemented formula. It seems they are eating more and more, and I can't keep up.

I'm making lactation cookies tomorrow, starting to drink a gallon of water a day (right now I only drink 1-2 water bottles, the rest is milk or some juice). I may try fenugreek, and I'm asking my DR tomorrow about domperidone.

Everything I keep reading says I need to pump after every nursing session. If I do this, I will be nursing and pumping all.day.long and it will be near impossible to take care of my other two kids and myself (it's already hard with just nursing!). Can I skip the pumping? Or is it really essential to increase my supply and continue producing milk?

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Old 10-16-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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Pumping after nursing might help boost your supply but the best thing is to keep nursing them more and more, offer the breast even if they just nursed, that's how your body knows to make more milk, you should find that you might be able to slowly lower the amount of formula they are getting. Also remember that a pump can't empty you like a baby can, your pumping output is not an accurate way to measure your output so you might be making more than you think

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
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Re: Do I HAVE to pump as well?

Are the babies gaining weight? How old are they?
Since you have so much on your plate already, maybe just try the other things you mentioned and see how it goes. I agree with the pp, you may be making more milk than you think.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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Re: Do I HAVE to pump as well?

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Pumping after nursing might help boost your supply but the best thing is to keep nursing them more and more, offer the breast even if they just nursed, that's how your body knows to make more milk, you should find that you might be able to slowly lower the amount of formula they are getting. Also remember that a pump can't empty you like a baby can, your pumping output is not an accurate way to measure your output so you might be making more than you think

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This.

Also, drink to thirst. I know everyone says to drink tons of water to increase supply, but that only works if your low supply is from dehydration. Your body tells you when it needs fluids by getting thirsty. And juice is a perfectly acceptable way to take in fluids. I'd say it's great for you because nursing mamas need calories. Water has zero nutritional value. Its only purpose is hydration. Combining hydration and nourishment is not a bad thing. If you're thirsty for water, drink it. If you're thirsty for juice, drink that. But pay attention to your body's cues over some arbitrary number that has nothing to do with your body's specific needs.

Otherwise, how are your babies growing? Are they putting on weight? Meeting milestones? Having appropriate wet/dirty diapers? Can you tell that they're drinking milk well? Do you/have you tried breast compressions to encourage more milk flow while nursing when you notice the babies not actively drinking anymore? These are indicators that they're getting enough to eat. As far as pumping, if it's too stressful and time consuming, you can choose not to do it. If your babies are already being supplemented with formula then quitting pumping won't put you in a worse position IMO. You could also try an SNS for supplementing at the breast.

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Agree with both of the above. Also try oats (steel cut- some say instant works too but I haven't tried) I'm not a huge fan of plain oatmeal, or any non-instant oatmeal for that matter, so I mix a couple of handfuls of the oats into my yogurt every morning and it seems to keep my supply up.

Like previous poster said, putting babies to breast is how your body knows it needs to produce more!

By the way, major props to you, mama. I had a hard time getting started with just one, I can't imagine nursing 2! So awesome!
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:27 PM   #6
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Let me preface this with the fact that I've never had twins but after nursing 3 kids I know I make just enough milk to sustain life. The only way I've ever noticed an increase in my supply was when I was taking supplements and pumping after nursing. And the only reason I was doing that was bc #3 had a tight frenulum that we ended up clipping. GL and congrats on the twins! I'm typing on my iPhone, sorry.

Edit: it was baby #2, not #3. Baby #3 is just my current booby monster. :/
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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Re: Do I HAVE to pump as well?

And congratulations! You're a great mama for doing your best for your babies.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:59 AM   #8
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Re: Do I HAVE to pump as well?

The age of the babies is really the deciding factor here. Get to an IBCLC asap. They'll help you assess whether babies are actually doing well and how to supplement at the breast to help stimulate more supply.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #9
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Re: Do I HAVE to pump as well?

Could you use one of those supplementer things (the tube that goes on the side of the breast, I can't remember what it is called) so that they are still getting enough to eat but still stimulating your breasts to produce more?
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I nursed twins. They were preemies and were supplemented by formula or pumped milk (depending on how much I could pump) until they got home from the hospital, which was at 2 weeks for one and 6 weeks for the other.

I learned this. They always will take a bottle after nursing and guzzle the whole thing down. In hindsight, I don't think that was actually an indication that my milk wasn't enough.

My advice is to have a nurse in over the weekend. Stay in bed with the babies and let them nurse the whole weekend. Ask your husband to take care of meals and other kids. If the twins act hungry, let them suck on a boob. No bottles. Throw out the darn pump. I wish I had gotten rid of it a lot sooner.

You don't need to pump. Just nurse on demand and your supply will catch up. Monitor wet diapers and all that of course, but you really should be fine.
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