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3/18/08 11:02 A

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That's what I thought!! Thanks!!

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3/17/08 11:57 P

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Reducing calories will probably further reduce her supply. So, if she wants to continue pumping at all then she shouldn't do that.

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3/17/08 8:49 P

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Well, she's thinking that she likes not being a slave to the pump anymore, so she may not want to increase her supply. She's been supplementing with formula and starting solids. She just wondered if she should reduce calories since she isn't producing as much anymore.

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3/17/08 7:27 P

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I agree with the others that she needs to pump more often. I have several friends who exclusively pumped and they say to pump often and the supplements help. I took fenugeek with my second and it helped for awhile.

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3/17/08 3:08 P

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She definitely needs to be pumping more. Atleast every 3 hours. Even if she's not getting any milk when she pumps she needs to continue to do it for 15 minutes so that she can fool her body into thinking she needs more milk. Then she'll make more. She also needs to be drinking a ton of water (atleast 80 oz) and consuming atleast 1800 calories. Because she's not nursing her body isn't going to realize that it needs to produce more milk. The only way to get more milk is to demand it from your body by pumping more.
I speak from experience. I had two premie babies and had to pump exclusively while they were NICU.


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3/17/08 1:21 P

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My OB and pediatrician both say no less than 1800 calories per day to maintain the milk supply.

Aside from calories, she is not pumping frequently enough. A normal infant at that age is going to nurse every 2.5 to 3 hours. I have never had a lot of luck pumping, so maybe she is just one of those individuals. The lactation consultant I saw with my first child said to pump as often as the infant would nurse, or even a little more often. And, to pump one breast while nursing with the other and alternate sides.

Fenugreek and blessed thistle along with eating oatmeal are supposed to help milk production. The herbs worked for me, but I bruised very easily as a result and cut back on them.

I hope this helps.

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3/17/08 12:43 P

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I have a friend that is exclusively pumping and now is finding that she can't keep up with the milk demands of her 4 month old baby. She is now only pumping twice a day. She was curious about her calorie needs. Does anyone have any idea how she should adjust her calories??

I've tried to research calories while weaning too, and not found anything...

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