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How to Increase Milk Supply: 48 ounces of Breastmilk in 72 Hours

A working mother’s struggle to increase milk supply

“Now this is a story all about how my life got twisted upside down…”

Every working mama’s nightmare: Your supply drops a few days before a work trip. Yep. That is the struggle I was facing last week. My milk production dropped drastically before I had to go out of town for two days. I had to figure out how I was going to have six, eight-ounce bottles prepared for Jaxon. This isn’t a story about how I became the Fresh Prince of a town called Bel-Air, but more like the story about how I was able to increase milk supply quickly.

One of the biggest struggles I face as a working mother is breastfeeding.

Only 10 percent of mothers who work full-time are still breastfeeding their baby at 6 months, according to a 2005 CDC report. What’s even more discouraging is that African Americans continue to have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation (60%) and continuation at 6 months (28%) and 12 months (13%) compared with all other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. African American mothers are still 2.5 times less likely to breastfeed than white women.

I am in the seventh month, or 32-week mark. My goal is to go until Jaxon is at least 12 months old. As a working mother who breastfeeds, I feel as if it is my duty to continue breastfeeding him. It is the only time of the day that I have uninterrupted time with him. For 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, we are not together. I nurse him before work, he gets two, eight-ounce bottles during the day, and I nurse him when I get home. He is also sleep-trained, so he only gets four feedings of milk per day. I have incorporated solids into his diet more, also. It is also important to breastfeed him because as an African American woman, a lot of us are not as knowledgeable on the subject as our counterparts which in turn, causes us to either not initiate the process, or give up before our baby reaches 6 months.

There, I said it. As a breastfeeding mother, I have two strikes against me from the jump.

Breastfeeding is IMPORTANT to me, which is why when my supply drops, I continue to do what I can to correct it; and continue nursing my little nugget. I know why you’re here. Therefore, this article is not for women who do not have trouble with their supply. It is for women whose supply fluctuates; especially during high demand times. Here is a guide and easy to read chart on how to increase milk supply.

48 ounces in 72 hours

It really does not sound like a big deal to pump only 48 ounces in three days. I have done that plenty of times. However, the situation I was facing was that in a matter of days, I went from pumping 10 ounces at work, to only pumping 4 ounces. That’s a huge shift when you’re averaging 20 ounces per day, and you begin to average 8 ounces per day. Keep in mind that Jaxon consumes 16 ounces of milk during a regular workday. I was not pumping enough to get him through the next weekday. With only a few days before I had to go out of town, I had to come up with a pumping schedule and a routine that would increase milk supply.

Read: My Breastfeeding Journey

Three Days Before

On the first day of my journey to pump 48 ounces, I laid out a clear plan on how I was going to accomplish this feat. I started with zero bottles of milk for the upcoming trip, so that means I started fresh. My schedule was as follows:

12:30 AM – Pump

4:30 AM – Pump

6:30 AM – Feed Jax/Pump Afterwards

8:30 AM- Drink Lactation Tea, Take Fenugreek Pill, Eat Oatmeal*

10:30 AM- Pump

2:30 PM – Pump

6:30 PM – Feed Jax/Pump Afterwards & Take Pill

10:30 PM – Pump

At the end of the day, I had pumped 14 ounces altogether. I have to admit, I skipped the 12:30 am, and the 4:30 am pumping sessions.

Two Days Before

The next two days were the hardest for the simple fact that it was the weekend. On the weekends, Jaxon does not get bottles. He nurses directly from me. The burden was then on me to nurse him four times during the day, and also continue to pump enough for the upcoming work trip.

2:30 AM – Pump

6:30 AM – Feed Jax/Pump Afterwards

10:30 AM – Feed Jax/Pump

1:30 PM – Feed Jax

5:30 PM – Feed Jax/Pump

9:30 PM – Pump

At the end of day two, I pumped 24 ounces, while also having enough to feed Jaxon. This was the most successful day because my body had already began reacting to the supplements I was taking, and I was filling up quicker. I did not skip any pumping sessions either.

One Day Before

By the final day before my work trip, I was completely OVER pumping. I had the full support of my mother, however, and she kept me on point.

1:30 AM – Pump

6:30 AM- Feed Jax/Pump

10:30 AM – Feed Jax/Pump

2:30 PM – Feed Jax/ Pump

6:30 PM – Feed Jax/Pump

10:30 PM – Pump

The struggle came because I only pumped twice this entire day when I had scheduled for 6 sessions! I was tired, and I wanted to sleep as much as I possibly could before I left. I ended up meeting my goal, however, because I waited until I became engorged. Once I was engorged, I would pump the amount of ounces that I would need. On day three, I pumped 10 ounces.

Supplements

The supplements that I used to increase milk supply was Mother’s Milk Lactation Tea, Fenugreek Pills, and Oatmeal. I am aware that there are a plethora of foods you can eat to increase milk supply. These are just the things that have worked quickly, and well enough for me. The Mother’s Milk Lactation Tea tastes like black licorice. I remedy that by adding sugar and creamer. A family member recommended that I try honey next time. It also has fenugreek in it, which is a herb that supports healthy digestive function, healthy glucose and cholesterol levels, and women’s health. Therefore, I am using a double dose of fenugreek with my milk, and pills.

On Monday morning, I was able to leave Jaxon with six bottles, and my milk supply was back to normal. Breastfeeding is a difficult journey, but I do what I have to, to make sure I am providing him with the best there is.

 

 

Sources

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Breastfeeding; 

Why Women Don’t Nurse Longer 

 

 

  1. Ashley Powe

    June 29th, 2017 at 12:06 am

    LOVE!! Great advice!

  2. Bethel madison

    July 15th, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    You milk production is basically supply and demand. The more milk you demand from it the more it will produce. It will take some time so don’t lose hope. Something else I have found absolutely fabulous for increasing supply is Healthy nursing tea.

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