any secrets for producing more milk?

Brittany - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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im breast feeding and i make just enough for him but im not producing to much extra to bag up for dates for my husband and i. i wirk from 8-5 but while at work i pump every 2 to 3 hours but im only getting a few ounces at a time my son is at about 4 oz per feeding im just making that:(

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Crystal - posted on 10/19/2009

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My milk supply dropped drastically after a month or so. I was told to eat oatmeal, drink plenty of water, try to be relaxed when pumping or feeding baby and also to pump between breast feeding . I also tried a tea that was for boosting breast milk.. and it WORKED!! Its amazing. Drink it 3 times a day and you will see and feel a diference. Link below!

http://www.tealand.com/MothersMilk.asp

Ericka - posted on 10/19/2009

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You can also try emptying out your breasts after the baby is done feeding. Pump after every feeds to empty them out. This will make your body think that the baby is eating more resulting in an increase in milk. After you have exhausted all other methods you could ask your doctor for some Reglan. It helps increase milk supply too.

There is great information about increasing milk supply etc. at www.kellymom.com

GOOD LUCK!!!

Jessica - posted on 10/19/2009

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I've heard fenugreek and blessed thistle work well together. You could probably find them at a health food or organic food store, or if your grocery store has a vitamin or organic food section.

I've noticed big differences from: mothers milk tea (which you could probably find at any of the suggested places above), making sure to drink lots of water, and oatmeal. If I eat a bowl of oatmeal I'm noticably fuller an hour or two later.

Brittany - posted on 10/19/2009

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Fenugreek seeds is what some one else told me to where do you buy that from?

Kimberly - posted on 10/19/2009

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Feed, feed, feed. :) When you are with your baby, you should let him nurse as much as he wants, which will help your body produce more milk. You can also look into galactagogues (sp?) which help increase production. I used fenugreek which seemed to help a lot. I also ate a lot of oatmeal, which is supposed to help and really seemed to make a difference for me. (Breakfast every morning was either traditional hot oatmeal or cold Quaker Oat Squares cereal and then I'd try to make homemade oatmeal cookies on the weekends to snack on through the week...)



All that said, I've heard lactation consultants say that you will never get as much milk from your pump as your baby is able to get from you, so it's always sort of a backwards battle. But by using galactagogues, feeding your baby as much as you can, and maybe even trying little tricks like watching videos of your babe on your computer or looking at pics of your baby while you pump can all help. Good luck! :)

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