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    Pumping tips
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    carolinasu8 posted:
    Hey! I have two tips for women who are pumping and bottle-feeding breast milk. My son is almost 3 mo and I've basically been doing this since he was a couple weeks old. My breasts got engorged and he couldn't latch on and it was just easier for me to pump. I was producing pretty well and then came to a screeching halt. I started taking alfalfa and it works wonders. I can now pump on average 10 ounces at a sitting. When I get up in the morning I've been known to pump 18 ounces.

    Another tip, about three days ago I noticed my milk wasn't coming out when I'd pump. I'd have to sit there and kneed my breasts with my hands to make the milk come out and what I could get from 20 minutes took 40. Not fun. So this morning I was getting everything together and I noticed one of the membranes was torn (Medela Pump N Style). Once I replaced it the milk came out as quickly and easily as it had before.
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    MSettle78 responded:
    Wow thanks for your Tips I for sure found them both VERY useful... About the alfalfa Ive been taking fenugreek and milk thistle think its okay to add the alfalfa? And where did you find it
     
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    alaska_mommy responded:
    Great advice, I think this will help a lot of new moms I'm not nursing now, but if/when I do again I might just bookmark this. I generally only got about 3-5 oz when I would pump in the past.But that was not with an electric pump, just the hand-crank style. Then again, my son took to nursing just fine, so I didn't have much need for it.
     
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    Anon_7315 responded:
    thanks for the tip.. sorry what is alfalfa?


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