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Exclusively pumping and low milk supply, what's wrong?

I have been pumping for 4 weeks now (my baby is 4 weeks old), 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, but I am still only able to produce a couple of ounces a day if lucky.

Is there something I'm doing wrong or something I need to do to get more milk? I am unable to breast feed due to my chronic fatigue and other health problems.


Catie Van Gestel | Other Provider

Catie Van Gestel

Breastmilk is made on a supply and demand system. The more you remove it, the more you make!

To develop and maintain a full supply, your breasts should stimulated 8-12 times a day. In your case, increase the amount of times you are pumping to 8-12 times a day. That equals out to pumping every 2-3 hours, around the clock, will help you to develop and maintain a full supply.

When pumping, pump both breasts at the same time, with a high quality double electric breast pump and pump for 15 minutes. You should see an increase in breastmilk within a few days.

If you are still struggling to increase your supply, please contact your Lactation Consultant.

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