Does anyone know about the pill you can take that will increase milk supply??

Jamie - posted on 09/14/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have been bf for 8 months now and I feel like my milk supply isn't going to be enough to continue as he demands more milk. I have tried fenugreek, lactation cookies, mothers milk tea and nothing has helped. I know there is a prescription you can take but my sons pediatrician doesn't seem to like it. I would like to see what people think about it or their opinions about it. I really would like to be able to continue bf through a year or longer but at this rate I will have to suppliment and I really don't want to do that. Please some advice thanks. Also I feed on the weekends and pump while I am at work and pump once a night when my son goes to bed, I don't have the option to feed on demand during the week, only at night when he wakes up

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Angela - posted on 10/06/2012

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Herbs have been the only thing to increase my milk supply. You will need to use them as directed and give them time to work. While using them you will want to breastfeed or pump very often. My lactation consultant recommended Breastea from http://www.breastea.com when I met with her about my low milk supply. I have to say it has worked great for me. I went from pumping 1/2 ounce to over 5 ounces.

Shannon - posted on 09/29/2012

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When I nursed my daughter I worked third shift and have a thyroid problem so I would wake up some afternoons and literally be dry. I pumped on all three of my breaks at work so it wasn't like there was a time that I wasn't nursing or pumping. I drank the Mother's MIlk tea and water religiously and it seemed to not help with the losing my milk. My daughter's pediatrician prescribed me Domperidone (it's only available at compound pharmacies I'm told). I took it 3 times a day for 2 weeks and it would make my milk come back in with a high volume. I'd usually get about 4 oz out of each breast every time I pumped. I used the medicine three separate times before she weaned herself at 10.5 months, but I still had enough milk frozen that she got that through a year. Her doc did say after he prescribed it the third time that he wouldn't prescribe it anymore because it is actually used for a gastro-intestinal issue and the side effect is that it makes you lactate. He wasn't sure what continued use would do since I didn't have the issue the pill was actually for. I loved using it though! Without it, I wouldn't have been able to nurse our daughter as long as I did! I'd definitely use it again and may have to when our son is born here shortly!!

Bette - posted on 09/20/2012

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You are doing great, mama! Keep doing all you can and it will settle in. It sounds like you have your priorities straight. Those women you work with don't know what you are juggling and SUCCEEDING at. Keep your chin up and your boobs pumped. May the force be with you. :0)

Celeste - posted on 09/20/2012

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Wow! 3-5 oz per session?? That's A LOT. Like I said in my previous post, average output is 1/2 to 2 oz TOTAL in ONE session!



I think the problem here is that the bottles are too big. I would decrease the bottles a bit

Jamie - posted on 09/19/2012

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I am away from him for 8 hrs a day, 12 hrs one day of the week and Fridays I am off at noon so I get to feed him more instead of pumping (yay, hate pumping). He eats every 4 hrs, (unless he gets fussy) so when I get home after work he has already drank his milk so I feed him at 7. Work won't let me pump any more than what I already do b/c we have some caddy women who complained when I came back that it was interfering with work when I was doing it during work hours. I work at a dentist office and work on patients so it was hard to make a set time to go back. It was a guessing game to when I was going to pump during work so it was just set up during those times which upset me but I couldn't do anything about it. I get 3-5 oz per pumping session and I never feel full except on my one late night at work where I go 6 hrs before I get to pump again and that one I can get 5-6 oz. I will check out that kellymom site and see what they have to offer.

Lise - posted on 09/18/2012

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That's a pretty big gap in pumps. I've always heard not to go more than 3 hours between pumps. So you guys are apart for about 12 hours? You didn't clarify - are you getting 3-5 oz total per day, or per pump?



I would increase your pumps until you're getting in a pump at least every 3 hours. Milk production is based on supply and demand. No pill is going to produce milk with the demand in place. I used herbal supplements and they didn't work nearly as well as more nursing or pumping. The fuller your breast is, the slower milk is produced. The emptier it is, the faster milk is produced.



http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/mi...

Jamie - posted on 09/18/2012

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I pump for 15 min 3x a day at work, 7:45 am, 12, 5pm, then bf at 715-730 pm. I do a power pump at 10 pm, 15 min on 15 off 15 on. If he wakes up at night I'll feed him again. I get roughly 3-5 oz total when I pump and he eats anywhere from 6-7oz of milk. I may be a little paranoid but my goal is to bf for over a yr if my supply lets me but I don't know how I will produce enough to make the bottle for the next day. I try to drink 32+oz of water a day but work sometimes gets too busy to keep drinking water.

Bette - posted on 09/18/2012

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The only thing I have found to increase my milk supply is increasing fluid intake. I have been breastfeeding for the last 3 1/2 years and have had increases and decreases all directly linked to my fluid intake from the day before, through the day of, because it seems to follow a 2 day cycle for me. Also, salt. Sounds weird, I know but salt helps the body retain water.

Celeste - posted on 09/18/2012

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7 oz total? Or 7 oz in one bottle? How long are you gone? Generally, the rule of thumb is about 1.25 oz per every hour you're gone. Here's a calculator that can give you about how much your baby needs:

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumpi...



Also, keep in mind that #1) Pumping is NOT a reflection of supply and #2) average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total.

Jamie - posted on 09/17/2012

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I just don't know how to make enough milk so that I have enough for the next days 3 bottles. He drinks 7 oz and I pump anywhere between 3-5 oz total. I have 6 bottles right now in the fridge and I just rotate the bottles forward everyday. I don't always get the 10 pm pump in b/c he may wake up so I feed him then I don't have the extra milk to fill those bottles up. I hear stories about women drying up and I just don't want that too happen to me. I would love to be a stay at home mom then I would worry about this fun pumping stuff. So I am up for any advice/ideas. Also I have a newer Medela pump and it seems to be working fine. Not sure how I would be able to tell if I need new parts.

Celeste - posted on 09/15/2012

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Can you tell us why you think you have low supply? Maybe we can start there so we can come up with a solution :)

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