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Intro & Question: Did seeing a LC truly help you increase your supply?

Hi all - FT mom here with preemie twins (born at 34 weeks).  They spent 3 weeks in the NICU and have been home just a few days.  My dream is to BF my little ladies but I feel like that is slipping away.  Have been pumping 8+ times a day since delivering them and cannot seem to increase the volume of BM that I produce.  I spent time with the hospital LCs every day that my LOs were in the NICU.  I've done everything they suggested and more to no avail; I only get 7 - 8 oz of BM total per day and I have to pump for 30 minutes at each session to get that.

Our pediatrician has a LC on staff and I am trying to decide whether or not I should make an appointment.  Did any of you truly benefit from seeing a LC; specifically with regard to increasing supply?  I'm finding it hard to imagine what else there is that they can have me do/try.
Lilypie - (4vrz)

Re: Intro & Question: Did seeing a LC truly help you increase your supply?

  • I didn't see a LC about increasing supply when I needed it, honestly I read posts here and from kellymom.com to figure out what I needed to do to increase supply. 

    I wasn't an EPer but here is some advise I have:
    Are you using a hospital grade pump?  If not, see if you can get one.
    Pumping every 2 hours during the day and do one (maybe 2) 3 hour stretch at night. 
    Be sure that you are drinking a TON of water
    Try not to stress out.  Stress is a huge supply killer, so if you can cut stress out, as much as possible that will help. 
    When you are pumping be sure to NOT, look at the bottles.  A watched pot won't boil, well a watched pumping bottle will never fill.  Try and do something while you are pumping that will take your mind off the milk and on your LO.  Hold your girls while you pump if you can, or look at pictures or video of them, smell something that they have worn.  Those can help with letdown and flow.
    I ate oatmeal and lactation cookies everyday for awhile as well.

    A LC could help you to get your girls to the breast if that is possible for them. Having someone see your girls latch in person is the best way to know if they are able to nurse or not.  Also, if you have a La Leche League in your area the leaders could be very helpful with that as well.  At my local meeting we had a mom of twins who was trying to get her LO's to the breast and the leader worked with her at almost every meeting and times between the meetings to get one of them to the breast, the other one had some issues that ultimately didn't let her nurse.
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  • The LC I saw was okay helping me with latching with LO but not with my supply. I'd been pumping for 15 minutes and my supply wasn't growing. Both the LC and pedi told me about different supplements that I could take to try and help my supply. I took Fenugreek. I started with 3 tab, 3X a day and after a week went up to 4 tab, 3X a day before I started seeing a difference. I also pumped for 30 minutes instead of 15. Drink, drink, drink!!! I agree with the PP. don't watch the bottles. You just stress. Relax, think about LO, edit pics of LOs, (I play games on my iPad), watch TV. The hardest thing is that your supply isn't going to increase over night. It's going to happen very slowly. The biggest key is fluids. Even now my LO is 8 months old and if I have a day where I haven't kept up the liquids, my supply tanks.
  • I got a rec for a LC from a friend.  I was just about ready to give up and was sure I didn't have enough supply because I wasn't pumping enough and was giving formula to supplement. She did a weighed feeding and helped me realize that my lo was getting a lot more than I was pumping.  She gave me some tips for increasing my supply and I was (and still am) able to call or email her with problems or concerns.  That meeting helped me stick with it.  


  • My pedi wouldn't refer me to the LC in her office. I found a support group at the hospital. They helped me work with DS2 and made me feel better about it. It was worth it for me.
  • I didn't increase my supply with help from an LC, but I was able to with a few other tricks that I learned on TB.

    Pump every two hours
    Drink water constantly, get a reusable mug, the bigger the better, and set goals: I will finish this 24 oz tumbler of water by the hour mark every hour.

    Dark beer. I don't like it, so I mixed a bottle with cranberry juice and just sipped all day. One bottle in te am, one bottle in the pm. I never once felt buzzed or tipsy, but it did make a difference

    Oatmeal

    Someone on here suggested almonds and another mom suggested Gatorade.

    Eat and watch a movie or something while pumping. Anything to help you relax! For me it was eating!
    January 2009: Goodbye TR (13 weeks) February 2010: Welcome DD1! March 2011: Welcome DD2! Lilypie Maternity tickers
  • I didn't have low supply, but I did have to pump early and often since DS wasn't latching well or eating enough. The LC helped me set up a feeding and pumping schedule that ensured I wouldn't reduce my supply while waiting for DS to figure out how to latch.

    I agree with others that you need a hospital grade pump if you don't already have one, and I think in the early days you probably need to be pumping more like 10 to 12 times a day for about 20 minutes or so per session - you basically need to be pumping as often as your babies are eating. Other than the Mother's Milk Tea which I drank starting at 6mos postpartum, I can't recommend any supplements or galactagogues, as I personally wasn't comfortable taking domperidone or Reglan (and ultimately didn't need to).

    I'm glad your babies are doing well, and I hope you take care of yourself.
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