I need more breastmilk.

Andrea - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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So i had to stop breastfeeding with my first son at 5months cause i was 3 months pregnant. So i never really got the hang of it. This time around i had to stop nursing my second son beacuse i got an infection and it hurt way to much. Now 4 weeks later and my son is now 6 weeks i am trying to pump again and some times nurse him but I feel more comfy pumping and giving Ethan the breastmilk in a bottle beacuse he's drinking 5 - 6oz and im only pumping 3oz every three hours. Does any one know how i can up my milk.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2010

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i agree with brandy...pumping isn't an accurate indicator of how much milk you have because pumps don't extract milk as efficiently as baby does.

the best way to increase your supply is to put baby to breast more often.

that being said, i have exclusively pumped for my 8 1/2 month old son since he was about a month old. we had nothing but trouble from the start and i refuse to formula feed. increasing your supply with a pump is extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible. pumps simply do not stimulate the breast enough. the herb fenugreek will increase supply...you need to take 2 or 3 capsules, 3 times daily and after about 3 days you should notice a large increase in milk. you will also notice a maple syrup smell to your urine and sweat...this is normal. after you notice the increase in production, you don't need to keep taking it but it is extremely important that you continue to completely empty your breasts regularly.

pumping exclusively is really difficult. its easy in the beginning because baby doesn't do much, but as baby gets older it gets harder and harder. i wouldn't recommend this to anyone, honestly. every single day i wish i had worked harder to get him to latch. pumping makes leaving the house so difficult...everything has to revolve around the pumping schedule, and everything needs to be planned so you know how long you are going to be gone, and if you need to bring the pump with. it would be so much simpler if i didn't have to deal with the pump, and bottles. i wish i could just nurse whenever, and wherever my son was hungry.

good luck, in whatever you decide to do. breastmilk is perfection, whether it is straight from the breast, or from a bottle and either way, you are giving a great gift to your little one.

if you have any questions about pumping, i am more than willing to offer any advice and support!

Melissa - posted on 08/12/2010

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ask your dr. for a script for Domperidone...works wonders and is very safe for baby!

Sarh - posted on 08/10/2010

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They say that leaving baby by your naked breast will some how bring in more milk. Try nursing him and then pumping. Pump more often also. Drink LOTS of water and oatmeal is supposed to help. It helped me with in a couple of days!Good luck! Don't give up!

Hannah - posted on 10/18/2012

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I have a similar problem, I tried fenugreek pills AND the fenugreek tea..before that i tried the mothers love special blend..those all worked OK at first but they slowly started to not work as much...(like I am now making 4 Oz and less ) i pump whenever i need to, I eat and drink as much as i need to, i TRY to sleep when i can but I can't afford to be giving my daughter formula and she won't latch on, cause she is used to taking bottles , i am also having the engorgement feeling a lot less throughout the day (from an hour to two then three and four hours later...) idk what to do, is it the stress or lack of sleep? i can't make my fiance look after my daughter, he has work to do from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM I would love to know what i could do(or take ) to increase my milk supply to the point where i am storing them in the freezer...

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one of my sister's friends who is breastfeeding had a beer one night after her son had went to bed. in the morning she had so much milk she almost could not wait for her son to wake up because she had so much milk and she was engorged. now since your baby gets whatever you eat and drink in his system you can't drink too much but it only took one beer for her.

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Fazliena - posted on 08/13/2010

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Hi Andrea...
i have taken a supplement to increase my breastmilk..i also recommended to my friends and they were very happy because they can continue breastfeeding their babies. If you're interested to buy the trial pack to increase and consume your milks,please emel me : naqiea@yahoo.com

Angela - posted on 08/13/2010

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eating oatmeal works wonders and the more you let the baby suckle the more milk you'll make that's just the way it happens, pumping doesn't have the same effect. Any kind of added stress will also decrease milk supply.

Leighna - posted on 08/13/2010

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i had the same problem and my dr put me on Domperidone,i had no side effects and enough milk for baby plus extra for the freezer.....I tried all the natural remadies,didnt work 4 me

Brianna - posted on 08/13/2010

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the doctor can give you pills to help you or i heard hot chocolate and beer (just one a day and not right before feeding of course) help

Micha - posted on 08/13/2010

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Yeah, it's supply and demand! Start pumping every two hours! It takes about an hour and a half for you to produce all of the milk you need for a single feeding. At least, that's what my son's pediatrician told me.

Tammy - posted on 08/13/2010

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i had the same not much milk i went to my gp and he gave me some tablets they are call motilium the help too incres the milk suplie gook luck

Raquel - posted on 08/12/2010

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I just spoke to a lactation consultant and she said that putting the baby on the breast is the way to make more milk. The baby stimulates the breast and glands to produce more milk. I have trouble because baby and I got thrush and it hurts really bad to nurses or even pump. I gave him formula for a couple of days, then I started pumping and saw that my milk has depleted. Now that we are almost done with the meds, and I see that my breast are healing...I'm slowly giving him my breast again. It still hurts, but I do see the results are better than just pumping, and he is back to pooping the yellow seedy color we all love to clean off his tush lol. I suggest feeding the baby directly on the breast for a good ten minutes, at first, on each breast then pump. Every day just add a minute more to that or until its comfy for u then pump after the feeding. You'll see the difference in ur milk supply. Good luck. Contact me if u need help. Also, don't forget to drink lots of water too.

Ash - posted on 08/12/2010

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a herb called fenugreek can help make u produce more too. u can find it most places or at gnc. they say mixing helps w it. like drinking the tea and taking the vitamins has better results. it also makes u smell like maple syrup. u can look it up on yahoo or google

Natalie - posted on 08/11/2010

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Try Fenugreek or Blessed Thistle. Fenugreek made me very sweaty but the Blessed Thistle didn't. Also make sure that you have lots of fluids. It doesn't have to be water all the time, try herbal teas and juices to break the monotony of water. Remember to eat proteins after you feed, just a small handful of nuts is enough. And like others have said nurse as often as possible, a pump is nowhere near as effective as a baby's suck.

Emily - posted on 08/10/2010

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Fenugreek is the herb that can help increase milk. It comes in capsules. I take 3 capsules 3x a day. But the other ladies are right, nursing directly from the breast is by far the best way to increase milk supply. I would work on trying to get your baby to nurse. If you have to pump, you need to pump more often in order to get more milk. This is because pumps are not as good as babies at getting the milk out. So often you have to pump double the amount of times your baby would actually nurse in order to pump the same amount.

Monica - posted on 08/10/2010

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I agree with Brandy's advice. Find some help around the house and with your other kids for a few days. Then you and Ethan spend that time in bed sleeping and nursing together non-stop. It should help increase your supply. If you prefer to use the pump, I have heard of women having success doing 'power hours' -- 12 min pump, 12 min rest, 12 min pump, etc. for an hour each day!

Brandy - posted on 08/10/2010

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Pumping doesn't increase your supply like nursing does. Even though you are only able to pump 3 oz at a time, she may be able to nurse 5-6 oz. I breastfed my daughter for 9 months and the whole time, could only pump 1/2 oz to 2 ounces at a time, even if she had gone to a babysitter for the evening and my breasts were full. The best way to increase supply is nursing your baby whenever he wants for as long as he wants. Good luck :)

Ro-selina - posted on 08/10/2010

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feed more often :) the more u feed the more u make so maybe try just feeding him once or twice a day from the breast until your flow picks up?

Karren - posted on 08/10/2010

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I have had problems with this in the past... I can not remember the name of the herb but go to your local Natural shop and they will have some thing you can try it comes in pill form and as a tea. You can also try putting a warm cloth on your breasts it can sometimes help with the "let down" and don't wear under wire bras. Also remember you are giving your baby the best YOU can even if it is 3oz. at a time

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