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How much milk should I be producing? My daughter is 10 day’s old and when I pump it’s barely enough to cover the bottom of the bottle. I’m scared she isn’t getting enough cause she has had a bowel movement in a day, shared she is constipated. Any advice??

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  1. You should be drinking healthy nursing tea to improve your breast milk production. I have been drinking this tea and got boosted my supply.

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  2. Hi Sierra,
    Why are you pumping? Is she latching? Which pump are you using?
    Not all pumps are created equal.
    If your baby is not latching it would be a good idea to see a IBCLC and/or contact your health care provider – pediatrician or family doctor.

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  3. I see Leigh Anne asked about the type of pump and I was going to ask the same thing. I have used a hand pump and a super duper Medela electric (I think I have the Pump In Style Advanced) and there is a big difference… I used a hospital rental (Medela Symphony I think it is called) and that was amazing! It really increased my pumping supply. I have always heard though that no matter how great a pump you have, nothing is more efficient at getting milk than your baby. She might be getting much more than you think! And does she seems satisfied? At her two week checkup soon you’ll get a weight check and that’s really all you’ll need to know… If she is exclusively breastfed and is gaining weight well, you’re all good. 😉

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  4. Hi Sierra, I also would want to know why you are pumping? At this early stage, if there is no reason to pump (other than a doctor or IBCLC recommending it to increase your supply or to supplement your baby) I would try and hold off – this is an important time to let your baby establish your supply. Pumping might actually push you into overdrive and leave you with oversupply – sounds great but it isn’t! Pumps are also never as good an indicator of how much your baby drinks, because your baby removes milk so much better than a pump. A better way to know how much she is getting is via a test weight: you weigh your baby, then nurse, then weigh again. Then you know exactly how many ounces she ate. This should only be done on scales made for this purpose, and an IBCLC can usually help with this. However, keep in mind this isn’t always needed – if she is making enough wet/poopy diapers and she seems happy then you can be confident she’s eating enough. Some breastfed babies don’t poop everyday and it has nothing to do with constipation (BF babies rarely have this issue!), but if you are worried I would see an IBCLC or pediatrician. Anytime you are worried about milk supply is also a great time to check in with your provider too, since the reassurance they can give can be enough to give you your confidence back and keep you going. You can do it!

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