Difficulty Pumping

Question:

Hi, I am breastfeeding my son and I'm having trouble pumping enough milk for him. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:

Kole,

We are sorry to hear that you are having a tough time.  It would be helpful to know a litle more about your situation. How old is your baby? Are you feeding on demand (when baby is acting hungry and giving off hunger cues) and is baby gaining weight sufficiently? Are you pumping because you and  your baby are apart or so you can store milk for later use?  If your baby is under 4 weeks we recommend feeding directly at the breast so you and your baby can establish your milk supply and only pumping if you need to.  When you are pumping, you are basically tricking your body into thinking it is a baby so it allows your milk to be released in let-down.  There are things you can do to increase the output of milk with a pump but it is important to know some more about your situation if you could let me know.  You can also email me directly at gciagne@Lansinoh.com so we can talk more in detail.    Hang in there, i am sure that there are things we can suggest to help in  your situation.

Best wishes,

Gina Ciagne, CLC

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