Does anyone have any suggestions for increasing my milk supply? I

Emily - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am nursing my third child and just don't seem to be producing the amount of milk I had previously with the other two!!! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/16/2009

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The supply and demand theory isnt always true, I was bf my son 20-26 times a day in a 24hr period, so I started giving him 1 oz of fomula after every nursing session, I called our public health who has a breastfeed support nurse she came to my home and observed a feeding then suggested i try and pump.... I have a hospital grade pump and was only pumping 1oz total so she told me to take fenugreek 3 pills 3 times a day and drink at least 10 glasses of water a day plus my regular fluids like mike or juice, and to add an extra snack or light meal to my day as dieting or just not getting enough to eat often will cause a decrease in milk production, anyhow I added the extra snack, 10 glasses of water and the fenugreek, and pump once in a day after he goes to bed for the night, to my daily routine and my son hasnt had formula in 7 weeks. You can fenugreek at rite aid, cvs, gnc and health food stores, I also tried the blessed thissle but it didnt change anything

Shonna - posted on 09/16/2009

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I used milkmaid tea from earthmamaangelbaby.com and it was good (I dont even like tea) my aunt told me this but I never had to do it b/c the tea worked good...I breastfed each one of my 3 children but found with my last one that drinking 1/2 a teaspoon of ground fenugreek in water and then following up with 1/2 a glass of milk gave me full breasts within 10 - 15 minutes. Hope this is helpful!!

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Sameera - posted on 05/26/2011

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Hi Emily,
As u know milk is making up from your blood,so as u take ur intakes(ur meal)in which blood formation will increase.u can eat fish,spinich,liver of goat or chicken and milk.i guess it will helps u
takecare

Angela - posted on 05/24/2011

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I personally have used Breastea and Nursing Time Tea http://www.favorsandflavors.net. Both of them are really good. You will want to make sure you are breastfeeding and pumping often as you have to do this to make milk. Drink the tea daily. I saw an increase by several ounces in my milk supply.

Debbie - posted on 09/19/2009

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Have you ladies heard of something called jungle juice...?? No, Not the alcoholic kind. :-)



I'm drinking it and I really have so much milk I feel like a diary cow!! I drink it every day except when my milk is too much.



I'm not sure of the metric equavalent where you are so I am giving you the South African version of it....



1 litre of either Grape juice, Berry juice or Apple juice

2 litres of water

50ml Blackthorn berry elixer

1 sachet of Rehydrate (This they give you if you've had gastro or a stomach bug. Helps to rehidrate you)

10 drops of rescue remedy. ( you need to be calm and not stressed so that the body releases the hormones to encourage milk production)



Mix the whole lot up and drink it within 24 hours.

Chanel - posted on 09/18/2009

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i had the same problem with my baby i gave up in the end and put hur on formula she loves it and so do i... lol i get my sleep coz she happy

Louise - posted on 09/18/2009

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I dont agree with the drink drink theory it doesnt increase supply and can have the opposite affect your actually told you should just drink your normal daily amount, and to boost supply pumping can help, also making sure your getting enough calories and plenty of rest taking a day or 2 out and resting up can do wonders. Alot of women think if there breasts are not as full as maybe there 1st child they dont have as much milk, your breasts can seem empty but in fact have plenty milk.

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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There are tons of books on the subject at the library. I've heard oatmeal, almonds and spirulina.

Charity - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had this problem. Are you supplementing? Nurse,nurse nurse! Pumping just mad me feel worse because you see that you are getting nothing out and then you feel worse. which is not good for your milk supply I stopped supplementing and just nursed as much as I could and then drank alot of water!

Leyna - posted on 09/16/2009

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fenugreek helps, but you have to keep up with them. three a day with every meal. i am three months in and have found that its really just his demand that demands my supply so just put him on. it will definitely even out! good luck!

Kathryn - posted on 09/16/2009

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I had problems with my milk coming though and my health visitor told me to drink lots of fluids make sure im eating proper meals and pump even when i didnt need to as it helps to produce more milk. Good luck

Rebecca - posted on 09/16/2009

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From what i have read its supply and demand..the more you feed the more you will have.

Jane - posted on 09/16/2009

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Domperidone is good as long as there are no contraindications. Is baby gaining weight passing urine and having bowels opened? Why don`t you feel there is enough milk?
If yes to all then maybe there is enough milk for your baby.
Is your baby having any other supplements or exclusively breastfed?

Emma - posted on 09/16/2009

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I just want to say all the above teas ect are good well known methods of increasing supply. Domperidone is available over the counter in the UK as a stomach settler and it is effective to increase supply allthough as I understand not avaialable OTC in the US its brand name here is Motilium10.
I would like to say thgis though I am nursing my 3rd child she is 8 mths old and I bf both my older children till 1 yr. With each child my breasts have felt less full but this is not an indication that I have less milk it is infact just the way your body settles down quicker and is better at ballancing the production of milk to the babies needs I would like to ask you if your baby is passing plenty of urine each day is their growth rate ok and their cognitive development fine. Does your baby seem happy alert ect if so its quite likely you have olenty of milk and it is just that your body is better at doing this now as its had plenty of practice.
If you try any or all of the above methods it certainly can't cause any harm and may well make you feel better. Make sure you are allowing the baby to feed as often and for as long or short as it chooses this is the #1 requrement for a good suply.

Anna - posted on 09/16/2009

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I am nursing my 2nd baby and don't seem to have as much as with my first either. I put it down to being more active and less sleep! I have recently bought a homeopatic remedy called Milk-Flow. Its a oral spray that I have been taking 3-4 times a day and it has worked great. Check out your local health stores for homeopatic remedies

Lynde - posted on 09/16/2009

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a lot of mid wives recommend eating peanuts or drinking guiness - but you would need to check that you don't have any allergies for peanuts as anythign you concume is passed on to bubby. Issue with alcohol is that it stays in your breastmilk for the same amt of time as in your blood - so take care as you may not want to pass acohol on to you bubby!! I had lower supply with my second - (too much with my first) - I used a pump in between feeds for a day or so plus drank heaps of water.

Anna - posted on 09/15/2009

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There are two things. If you would rather have a prescription written out to you by your doctor, Reglan is often used to help produce more breast milk. If your like me and prefer herbs and such, there is something called Fenugreek that I used with my son(as I too am still nursing). You take 2 capsules a day until your breast milk supply increases and then you can stop taking it. I got that at a GNC store. There is also nursing tea if you like tea that helps a lot too. Those are just some suggestions that have worked really well for myself. Good luck

Natalie - posted on 09/15/2009

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I totally agree with the other suggestions. Drink lots of water, pump after feeding...
I tried the fenugreek pills and they seemed to work for me. I got mine at a natural foods store, but they might be at a regular store if you live in a bigger city. I also tried the "Mother's Milk" tea (cant remember the brand name) that was ok tasting (i dontlike tea) but it was more of a calming/relaxing activity to get the pressure and stress down. Check out LaLeche League's website...www.llli.org

Christina - posted on 09/15/2009

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get with a lactaction consultant and doctor to make sure it is not a medical reason.

Other than that you can try Fenugreek pills, Blessed Thistle pills, Mother's Milk Tea, Reglan (medication has to be prescribed-bad side effects from what I hear), and Domperidone (medication - not FDA approved can order from Canada)

I have a thyroid problem which is making it challenging for me and my baby. So far I have tried the Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Mother's Milk Tea. I have added Cumin to my tea on occassion (I put the spice in tea bag and steeped with the MMT) that really helped, but was not a pleasant taste. All of this is still not enough especially since I am bottle feeding her formula too. I am waiting on the Domperidone and will post how that goes when I get it.

Megan - posted on 09/15/2009

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Anytime i feel like my milk supply is going down i pump about 30 min after my baby eats..this helps stimulate milk production..and drink, drink, drink! I am terrible about that and have to keep a pitcher in the fridge to monitor how much im drinking b/c i get so busy with the older kiddos! Good luck!

Shandy - posted on 09/15/2009

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I had the same prob with my 2nd. I was told to pump more and try fenugreek pills. I didnt have any luck but you might try it. Good luck! Sorry I'm not much help.

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