breast milk diminishing

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Jessie - posted on 12/03/2008

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fortunately I have always been one of the lucky ones who have had enough milk to supply twins, but what I have always done was after each feeding I would pump out the rest of my breast, if my daughter only drank on the one side I would make sure to pump it dry...when pumping make sure to massage all around your breast you should be able to feel the milk ducts, if you can feel them that means there is still milk in them, I always squeeze(not hard just in a massage motion) them until it stops dripping...also close to your armpit is always a good spot for milk ducts that don't normally get drained with just pumping. This also helps reduce back pain for those of you who have very large breasts like myself.

Greta - posted on 12/03/2008

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It was really painful for me until my son rached about 9 weeks. Just keep at it!!! If you substitute any of his feedings with formula, then your milk supply will drop because he is not "placing an order". Two herbs can help---Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. They should be taken together---3 caplets each twice a day. Still, the best way to boost your supply is to nurse more. Also, if you have a burning sensation in your nipples you may want to have it checked for thrush ( a type of yeast infection). Make sure you pat dry your nipples after each feeding to inhibit the growth of yeast. Good luck!

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Melissa - posted on 12/04/2008

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Like some others who have posted, Mother's Milk Tea is what the Lactation Consultant said would help... It should be found at any natural/herbal/vitamin type of store. Here his the link: www.TraditionalMedicinals.com to read about it online.

At the same type of stores, you can find other suppliments that can help. The hospital where I delivered my sons has lactation consultants and they said they can be contacted at any time while I am nursing.... maybe your hospital has the same?

I had difficulties nursing when my 15 m.o. was birth-three months, and I talked to his doctor about it and he put me in contact with a lactation consultant....If nothing else works, maybe that would be a good avenue to try.

Klancy - posted on 12/04/2008

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Not sure if it works (thankfully I haven't really had this problem) but I heard that eating alot of eggs will help build up a supply.

Amanda - posted on 12/04/2008

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I have heard that some docs perscribe antacids to increase milk supply, if the herbals don't work for you.

Zee - posted on 12/03/2008

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Try Fenugreek capsules, Mother's Milk Tea, Anise Tea, Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, and lots of water.
You can also eat oatmeal twice a day or anything with oatmeal in it. Make sure you are not taking any meds with an antihistamine i.e. Benadryl, allergy meds, etc because they will dry you up.

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Maybe you should see a lactation consultant - helped me a lot, I had the same issue. It maybe that he's not latching right and pulling on the nipple, which may not get your breasts stimulated enough and empty. Does your breast feel empty after feeding - like an empty hot water bottle???

Christian - posted on 12/03/2008

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Thanks everyone. I'm going to try the tea. The only problem is that when he does breast feet, 10 minutes later it feels like he is biting my nipple off. Hurts really bad. I'll try everything so he doesn't have to drink formula when he's home with me.

Barbara - posted on 12/02/2008

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The tea I used was Traditional Medicinals Nursing Mother's Tea. Or Yogi Tea Nursing Mom. I had both, and they both worked for me.

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It's all about supply and demand. The more you demand of your body, the more supply it will provide. Try nursing every 2-3 hours from the start of one feeding to the start of the next... if you can even around the clock. Also, cluster nursing of an evening helps... nursing every hour from like 4-8 or 5-9 for example. Ensure good water intake throughout the day and good caloric intake, nutrition. Fenugreek and even some Rx meds are known to help, along with pumping after a feeding... but the best way is to just have your baby nurse like crazy.

Shannon - posted on 12/02/2008

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Mother's Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals, or try the capsules called More Milk Plus.... I drink the tea regulary, and nurse my son about 6 times a day, pump at least twice.... the pumping only usually gets me about 10oz, but atleast I still have more than enough when I do nurse him... it is just when I am away from home that i wishI had more for him...like while at work. I ended up mixing my milk with formula for his bottles while I am at work... but he does fine with it... and nurses great while I am at home.

Becky - posted on 12/01/2008

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I have always struggled with my milk supply. I tried everything and then my midwives suggested a combination of herbs (sorry can't remember the names). These helped a bit but eventually I had to be put on prescription medicine. This has helped a lot. I was nursing very frequently as well as eating regularly and drinking a lot of water but this is all that has worked for me.

Crystal - posted on 12/01/2008

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what i am trying to do is to squeeze in an extra feeding or two. i try to feed on a schedule so that my son can get the fatty milk at the back of the breast. if you feed on a schedule just work in an extra feeding or two. good luck to you!

Christian - posted on 12/01/2008

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Thank you both. Barbara do you know the names of the herbal tea I can buy?

Barbara - posted on 12/01/2008

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Make sure that you empty the breast that you are feeding out of, as there is a protein that reduces your milk if there is milk left in the breast after feeding. And there are some mother's milk teas that you can find at your local health food store that really seemed to increase my milk supply. And feed based on infant demand, not on a schedule. That is very important for producing the right amount of milk for your infant. Good luck!

Laurie - posted on 12/01/2008

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The drug free way is to feed more often. The increased stimulation will generat more milk production. I was also told by the public health nurse that skin to skin contact while breast feeding (ie nurse baby in only his diaper against your bare chest) cause production of the hormone that causes milk production so skin to skin will help increase milk supply. If you nurse every two hours (or less) during the day for a while, and nurse as often as possible at night without turning into a zombie from lack of sleep, that should help. Also - drink lots of water and make sure you are eating properly inbetween feedings. I found that the above increased my milk quite a bit in less than a week.

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