Advice on the following for breast feeding, anyone?:

Alexandra - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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So, my baby is satisfied with my milk supply now at 4 days old. It flows wonderfully. I however would really like to know how I can do some stuff:



I would really like to give my 12 month old who stopped latching due to nipple confusion and medical stuff, breast milk again/eliminate formula. I stopped pumping at 28 weeks pregnant cause colostrum came in, and just had her at 39 weeks. How can I go about making sure I am producing enough milk to feed her for a really long time, give him a good amount twice a day at least, and have a supply to store in the freezer for them.



Any advice would be awesome and any tips and tricks :) Thanks



BTW, plan on giving/breast feeding my children for a long time too, just need the right advice on how to keep it up, flowing and for all of the above.

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Andrea - posted on 02/21/2010

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I agree with the above - especially the herbal suppliment - I take "More Milk Plus" works great - I also eat oatmeal everyday. But you may find you are not getting any milk if you pump after your baby eats (depedning on how well they empty the breast) - if you are not, just wait an hour, an hour is all it takes, start pumping an hour after each meal, and you will get more and more as times goes on. But do make sure your little one is getting it first.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2010

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I agree with Michelle. You could also try taking an herbal supplement. Take fenugreek until your urine smells like maple syrup. I know that sounds weird, but that's how you know when you have the correct dose. Take the pills, the tea is nasty and you'd have to drink way too much of it.

Michelle - posted on 02/20/2010

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I would start out by feeding the younger child first to make sure that child is getting what they need and then putting the older child on after the baby is full .

Milk is a supply and demand thing and you may need to let the older child nurse after each feeding to get your supply up and may take a few days . Also try pumping and giving your older child pumped milk so you can see how much he is getting .

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Alexandra - posted on 02/22/2010

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Thanks for all the suggestions and advice. Gonna use all of it and hope for the best :) Quite enjoying this breast feeding thing actually. Makes me feel super close with my son again ♥ and really close to the new lil one too

Emily - posted on 02/20/2010

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Nursing on demand is the best way to increase and maintain your supply. It sounds simple, but it's absolutely true.

Angela - posted on 02/20/2010

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I agree with taking fenugreek and pumping after a feeding, as well as oatmeal. Sounds weird but I make oatmeal cookies and when my supply is low I eat like 6 of them a day and it seems like I've almost doubled my supply then. Take the toll house oatmeal cookie recipe and and make the oatmeal 4 cups instead of 1 1/2 cups. Super easy, yummy AND helpful! Good luck! :)

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