Disappearing breastmilk

Natalie - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My milk supply is declining after only 5 months. I'm drinking tons of water. What else can I do to increase it?

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Vicki - posted on 06/03/2010

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The first two answers are spot on. It may feel like your supply is lower if your breasts aren't feeling as full, but this may be your supply just settling a bit. The health and happiness of your little one is a better sign of a good supply.

Kristen - posted on 06/02/2010

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I agree with Jennifer. Nursing is all about supply and demand! If you have started introducing solids your baby might not need as much breastmilk. Continue to nurse your baby instead of giving her/him a bottle. If your supply still continues to go down you can increase the times you pump, and also if you can afford it, rent a hospital grade pump. There is a process called power pumping that can increase milk supply. For about an hour each day pump ten minutes, rest ten minutes, pump ten minutes, rest ten minutes . . . and so on. Do this for a couple of days, some moms do this every couple of weeks just to boost their supply. Fenugreek is a herb that increases milk supply, you can find this at GNC or other health food stores. Natural oats are also said to increase your supply. Look at what medicines you are taking, birth control can dry you up along with many over the counter medicines such as benadryl. I would definitely recommend talking to a lactation consultant, they can give you better insight than anyone. Hope some of this helps, good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2010

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are you exclusively nursing? how do you know your supply is declining? if your little one is happy and growing, and wetting 6-8 diapers daily then your supply is great!

milk production is all supply and demand. the more you nurse, the more milk you produce.

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