Does anyone have any experience with supplements/medications to increase breastmilk? I am afraid I will have to stop breastfeeding because my supply is dwindling, I am afraid of the medications, because I have heard they have bad side effects, but my husband is afraid of the herbal supplements, which would be my first choice? Has anyone had any success or problems with either?

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Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009

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I felt like my supply was dwindling around 4 months as well (someone mentioned that earlier in the thread) and my lactation consultant recommended fenugreek capsules. I took 4 capsules 3 times per day and saw my production increase within 24 hours. The lactation consultant told me that my urine will start smelling a little like maple syrup and that's how you know you'r getting enough. My daughter is 6 and a half months now and we're still BFing on a regular basis.

Sarah - posted on 02/11/2009

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my mistake was the lack of sleep.. i wish someone had told me that lack of sleep will affect greatly milk prodcution... i ran out of milk quickly. BUT i really would like to make a point that natural remedies (herbs etc) will always be your safest bet. and (one of the lactation consultants that i had spoken to had noticed that all her german mothers had tons of milk- and she mae the connection with 'a beer a day' like katherine said. I would recommend to take high doses of brewer's yeast - main component in beer.) the other moms already recommended fennugreek. i have heard wonders about it.

Tania - posted on 02/10/2009

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lots of liquids. I used fenucrek for a while as well. I found it worked amazing for me with no side effects at all. It;s completly natural and not expensive.

Gillian - posted on 02/10/2009

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Good luck you had lots of advice main 1 is fluids and lots of it DO NOT Take fenugreek just google fenugreek and nicotine, thats right it contains nicotine http://www.americanchronicle.com/article...
1 Of many I found I was horrified and Fenugreek is really just now being advised against being used for increasing BF supply.

DeAnna - posted on 02/10/2009

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fenugreek- 9 capsules per day
worked great- my supply was real low then it came back. Ended up with infection from Mirena IUD so had to stop BF.

Sonya - posted on 02/09/2009

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The more stimulation the more milk produced...If possible try and express milk between feeds to get the milk flowing failure to this go to your local GP (Doctor) and arrange to get a meidcation called "Motilium" (Domperidone). Motilium is a medication that can cause a significant increse in milk production. I end up getting this medication as I was not producing sufficient milk for my son. Good Luck

Andrea - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Mindy:



I was told caffiene helps increase the flow of breast milk and the caffiene doesn't go into the breat milk.   Also if your are stressed it will decrease the flow so try and stay relaxed and pump often.






when you are breatfeeding i would not recommend drinking lots of caffine as it does go into your breast milk my cousin drank lots of pop and coffee and her baby was very cranking and was colicy lets say he was not a happy baby and then when she stopped drinking pop and coffee he wasen't cranky or colicly anymore

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hi Ya..loads and loads of fluids, rest and express in between and after feeds to increase supply. Breast milk is produced based on how much baby is feeding. the more you stimulate the more you produce...try increasing feeds.

Vanessa - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hey,



I was feeling the same way!! I used Elivet and I was sooooo good my little boy did not stay little for long! he was born at 3.8kgs and in 11days he was 4.9kgs. try it, it might help.





Ness

Jessica - posted on 02/06/2009

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at work our mums can be subscribed domperadone to increase milk supply. as far as im aware there are only mild side effects. less side effects from maxalon which is also used to increase milk supply. u should also feed more frequently or express after feeds. you need to make sure ur child is attatched right. if they are not attatched correctly then they will not drain the breast and stimulate it to make more breast milk. (u could see a lactation consultant). drink plenty of fluid and the main thing is not to stress over decreasing milk supply as this will decrease it more. i hope this helps!!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi Emily - I am pumping exclusively too and am worried that I will not have enough milk to keep up with my hungry son....did it really help?

Rebecca - posted on 01/31/2009

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I was on something, I cant remember what it was called, but it made me feel like I had the flu, all the symptoms. When I came off, my milk dried up :{ No more nursing... Make sure you know all the side effects BEFORE you decide on anthing!

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Start using a breast pump EVERY HOUR!!! Do not miss a pumping session. Make sure to pump for at least 5 minutes after your 1st letdown. You need to stimulate your breasts. Also, let your baby soothe on your breasts to stimulate them....take away the pacifier for now.

Stephanie - posted on 01/29/2009

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I agree with a lot of the previous posters. I'm taking Fenugreek & Blessesd Thistle every day (I just increased it to 3 caps ea 3 times a day). I also eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast & usually an oatmeal bar at night. I've been trying to find the Mother's Milk tea, but the herbal shop where I get my other stuff hasn't had any in stock (she's looking for a new supplier). Drink lots of water & be as rested as possible. Also, try not to stress out (I know that it's easier said than done). If you're pumping, try to have some pics of your child to look at --- sometimes that will help with let down. Also, after you get through nursing, try and pump for another 10 minutesor so. You can try and trick your body into thinking that the demand has increased, and it will begin to produce more milk to compensate. I really hope that all of this helps & I wish you the best of luck! KUP!

Sandy - posted on 01/29/2009

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My lactation consultant and doula recommended fenugreek and blessed thistle. It is a lot of pills to take (3 pills of each 3 times a day) but it worked in 3-4 days for me. It didn't seem to affect my baby at all. You have to make sure that you drink plenty of water. The only downside is the fenugreek sometimes makes you smell like maple syrup. Good luck.

Keisha - posted on 01/29/2009

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I am using domoeridone, I have had no side effects and it is pretty safe as some Dr'd will prscribe it to babies it is simply and anti nusea medication but works a treat I swaer by it.



All the best

Keisha

Suzanne - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had major problems with milk supply when I first started breastfeeding. I pumped several times a day for a few weeks... and I took fenugreek (4 capsules, 3 times a day), blessed thistle (3 capsules, 3 times a day) and riscinus conunus (not sure of the spelling.. 3 pills, 3 times a day). It sounds like a whole lot of pills... and it was... but I didn't have any side effects (apart from increased appetite from the blessed thistle and a faint maple syrup smell on my skin from the fenugreek... and sometimes baby gets a bit gassy from the fenugreek). The pills REALLY helped with my milk supply... after beginning the fenugreek, within about 24 hours my supply had increased. Apparently fenugreek is more powerful when combined with blessed thistle (check out this link: http://www.breastfeedingmums.com/dr_jack...,%20herbs,%20lecithin.htm. ) And the riscinus conunus increased my supply that much more. Once your supply is established, you can start weaning yourself off of the pills SLOWLY. My son is now six months, I'm no longer taking any pills, and we're still breastfeeding. I've also heard that oatmeal is good, that rest is important, and that lots of fluids are essential. I've also heard that the mother's milk tea works well... but that you need to drink about 8 cups of it a day to take in what the fenugreek pills offer. But, the benefit of drinking that much tea is that you'd be sure to get enough fluids! :) Best of luck with breastfeeding!

Francine - posted on 01/27/2009

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Eat eggs as well...I have oatmeal and a hard boiled egg every morning for breakfast. I have also heard that Raspberry Tea is a good way to increase your production of milk.

Devon - posted on 01/27/2009

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My friend pumped, and when she had this problem she used Fengreek. It worked for her and she strongly recomends it. You get it from your health food store. It is herbal, and you can read about it on the web.

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Try eating oatmeal for breakfast every morning. It is a natural way to really increase milk production.

Louise - posted on 01/27/2009

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I used Fenugreek.  I took 3 pills 3 times a day.  I also pumped after every feed for around 15 minutes and ate oatmeal every morning as well as drinking mother's milk tea.   Before I started that regime I could only pump half an ounce from each breast and after taking the pills etc. for 1 week I could pump an average of 3 ounces, sometimes even 4 ounces from each breast which has been great for filling the freezer!  One thing to keep in mind is that your baby can get out a lot more milk than you can pump out and I just heard from a lactation consultant that around 4 months a lot of mums think their milk is low but it's just that your body has now regulated to your baby's needs.  Hope that helps and good luck!

Louise - posted on 01/27/2009

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I used Fenugreek.  I took 3 pills 3 times a day.  I also pumped after every feed for around 15 minutes and ate oatmeal every morning as well as drinking mother's milk tea.   Before I started that regime I could only pump half an ounce from each breast and after taking the pills etc. for 1 week I could pump an average of 3 ounces, sometimes even 4 ounces from each breast which has been great for filling the freezer!  One thing to keep in mind is that your baby can get out a lot more milk than you can pump out and I just heard from a lactation consultant that around 4 months a lot of mums think their milk is low but it's just that your body has now regulated to your baby's needs.  Hope that helps and good luck!

Bethany - posted on 01/27/2009

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I boosted my supply with Mother's Milk Tea and fenugreek.

During one of my daughter's growth spurts I gave her a bottle of pumped milk after one of our nursing sessions. And then it became habit to do that for one meal. Thus, my milk supply didn't increase with her demand. A couple weeks ago I decided I needed to wean her off the bottle, so took four fenugreek pills each day, and drank one cup of Mother's Milk Tea. Now she is completely weaned off the bottle again. Nine months old and still exclusively breastfed!

I haven't had any side effects, but the one I've heard other mothers talk about is that they may spot a little while on the herbal supplements. Also, you don't want to take them for too long or your body will begin to depend on the boost.

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2009

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I've been drinking Mother's Milk tea. I think it tastes pretty good and seems to be working.

Mindy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I was told caffiene helps increase the flow of breast milk and the caffiene doesn't go into the breat milk.   Also if your are stressed it will decrease the flow so try and stay relaxed and pump often.

Mauricia - posted on 01/27/2009

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Fenugreek was what I used esp since I had to go back to work and wasn't breastfeeding much during the day. My milk supply went down and fenugreek capsules were good.

Emily - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had great success with Fenugreek.. is a herbal suppliment ( i took 3 caps.. three times a day for a week).. I had milk supply problems as i was exclusivly pumping, but this helped a lot! I had appsolutly no side effects neither did my son ( sometimes it will make babies gassy)

Kristy - posted on 01/27/2009

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The most important part of establishing a good milk supply is effective and frequent milk removal from the breast. I know there is a tea called Mothers Milk that might help you and oatmeal is another food that will increase your milk supply. Also remember that even if you do supplement because you feel that the baby isnt getting enough you can still breastfeed too. Some breast milk is better than none.:)hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 01/27/2009

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I don't know about meds, but have you tried nursing, pumping, or espressing milk more often? Your body is self-regulting; it will make more milk to keep up with an increased demand. I would try to get milk out (using whatever method) more often, even if it's just a little at a time, for a while before trying any sort of supplements. 

Katherine - posted on 01/27/2009

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Make sure you are resting enough, you are getting a lot of fluids, make sure the babies demand is there...if you are supplementing the baby with a bottle, your breasts will think it does not need to make the milk, so pump if you supplement. and The doctors used to give beer in the hospital to make the milk come in. Only one, not enough to get drunk... believe me you will WANT to feed your child. if you are worried about the alcohol, it shouldnt be enough to do any harm..you can ask mother risk if you have any questions about any herbal supplements ect... good luck!!

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