helpping keep breast milk flow up

Tracy - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have been breast feeding my son since he was born. I am now starting to have to supplement with formula, he is too interested in everything else going onto be on the breast. I am still obtaining some milk by pumping but that to is becoming less and less. any ideas on how to help keep up my milk. I had the same issue with my first two my mlk seemed to stop at about 10 months. I want to breast feed as long as I can.

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Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2011

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keep nursing and stop supplementing. your supply is dropping because there is less and less demand.
It's pretty normal for a baby that age to become distracted while nursing. there's just so much going on and they're finaly big and mobile enough to be a part of it. :) they don't want to miss anything.
try nursing in a quiet room, no tv, no other kids. maybe make a nursing necklace to play with. or a cover to block out disctractions. Stay relaxed, so your milk flows easily. and just be patient. it may take a bit to get him settled down and nursing. Also since your supply is dropping, nurse often to mimic a growth spurt. don't worry to much about how much he's getting as long as you're nursing frequently.
hang in there, you can get over this tough spot. i know for me it's easy to feel like my child is getting older and we shouldn't need to do this quite so much. but I remind myself that that's not true. they need to eat just as often as before. and to keep doing what's best for baby and not just myself. it's not that i'm being lazy, just tired and ready for baby to grow up.
anway, give what I said a try for a week or so, and things will turn around. :)

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Emily - posted on 02/10/2011

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Yep, stop the formula. If your baby is done nursing, he's gotten enough. By that age they are super efficient at getting milk out, so nursing sessions can be really fast. Doesn't mean there's anything wrong with your supply.

Sarh - posted on 02/10/2011

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Eat oatmeal daily, I ran out over a month ago and just started eating it again about 2 days ago, I had already noticed engorgement yesterday (just one day after starting to eat it)! Not sure if it helps everyone like that, but it's how it is with me. Also drink lots of fluids and eat well balanced meals!

Celeste - posted on 02/10/2011

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I agree, I would stop the formula. Supplementing is such a slippery slope because your breasts are not getting that signal to make milk. Supply works on supply and demand-no demand, no milk.

Here are some tips on how to handle a distractible baby:
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/dis...

Katie - posted on 02/10/2011

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I agree with Stephanie. Supplementing with kill your supply. My daughter usually is fine when nursing at home, but if we nurse in the nursery at church, especially if there's anyone else in there, she's more interested in watching them. So in those cases, I use my nursing cover, and that usually works. She has sat up and tried to look out the top of the cover though. It was too cute. Try to keep things quiet and calm during nursing sessions.

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