How can you produce more breastmilk. My baby won't drink formula, but I don't produce much anymore.

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Daria - posted on 04/15/2010

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One more thing you won't have to have him/her latch on as much with the oatmeal. I was doing that to until I realized and read that the oatmeal was helping me produce more milk.. You can even eat the oatmeal bars for your snack throughout the day if you don't like the cooked oatmeal.

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Daria - posted on 04/15/2010

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Eating oatmeal is a great way to produce more milk also of course drinking water through out the day... I eat two packs in the morning for the most part everyday just to have the extra milk. But, if your child isn't crying your head off he/she's getting the amount they need. Do keep in mind that eating the oatmeal will make your breast feel heavier and you will for sure know that you need to feed (even if they're sleep) because you're going to be heavy if not lactating also. My breast don't always swell with milk but my son is surely getting the amount of milk that he needs/ wants. Also, make sure you're eating the right foods not too much junk so your milk will be heavy enough to keep him/ her full also.. Hope this helps..

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My son was the same way. He hated formula and its never changed. If you pump then I feel it makes your milk supply decrease. That is how it worked for me. I just let my son suckle the breast even after the milk wasn't flowing anymore, and the next time I had way more milk and it just kept on. I am actually trying to dry up now and its taking along time to do so. I hope this information is helpful to you.

Rosanna - posted on 04/12/2010

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you need to pump regularly until both sides are empty and drink a lot of fluids. Let the baby nurse often even if they are just sucking and your body should start making more. The idea is that more demand means more supply so you need to empty your breast often and your body will work harder to fill faster. Good Luck!

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Another thing that can decrease milk supply is getting put back on birth control (pill)... I had trouble with that when my first child was 6 months old and started eating solids. The dr. suggested going on some form of BC but that messed with my supply. So with my next two babies I tried other forms of BC (like an IUD) and my supply was much better with the last two. Another thing that helped me was to drink a lot of water... and b/c my supply decreased during the week when I was working (during my working hours) on the weekends I would pump just before nursing to build back up for Monday's renewal of pumping. Good luck!

Alex - posted on 04/11/2010

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The more you feed, the more milk you produce. Also you need to make sure you are having enough calories, I didn't realise this myself until recently but BF Mums need to have more calories. I went on a diet but started feeling sick because I wasn't eating enough and I was producing less milk. As soon as I started eating more I could feel my boobs getting fuller

Carrie - posted on 04/10/2010

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IF your supply is low, and that's a big if, but if it is low, the most effective way to increase your supply is to feed more often. Your breasts make about 80% of a feed in about 20 minutes....so if you're trying to increase your supply, you can feed your baby, do a nappy change, play peek-a-boo for a few minutes...and feed again....and again! (This doesn't mess with your routine)

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2010

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agree with the ladies above... if indeed your supply is decreasing, eating oatmeal, drinking mothers milk tea, blessed thistle tea, taking fenugreek, increasing your fluids should all help bring it back up.

Aishwarya - posted on 04/10/2010

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My suggestion is first you try to empty the breasts; by pumping out all ur milk. I am sure, you will surely find your breasts getting full again; and your baby is able to fill herself. Also follow the suggestion given by Jennifer; I agree with her that we need to set time with the baby; and feed baby on demand. My daughter was completely on mother's milk till 8 months; thereafter i introduced finger foods to her; yet her main course would be breast milk only.....yet not even a day i felt, my milk being lessen. There's a very old belief - The more you give, breasts produces more milk". I have followed this theory; and it has worked for me; n not just me - my mother, my grandmothers and my great grandmother who had 7 children! :) So stay confident; and continue with breast milk only (atleast till 6 months)

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2010

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I agree with Brandy. With my breastfeeding, in the beginning I always felt full... because the feeds were closer together and my breast had just gotten use to a new feeding plan that she had set. Soon my daughter was feeding with bigger intervals and she was drinking faster, so I didn't feel the pressure of full breasts anymore.
I even thought then that maybe I wasn't making enough anymore, but I was feeding on demand and she was always happy and satisfied.
If you feel that she is unsatisfied and niggly then there's a shortage in your production. Also, its best to feed on demand. Your baby will set the flow and your production will adapt.

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2010

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Your breasts are on a supply and demand basis, so whatever your baby needs, you will supply. I have always had a hard time pumping, but always have enough to feed him. The ONLY time I can get a good pump is first thing in the morning when both breasts are fuller (because we'd have gone longer between feeds) I would feed him on one breast then pump the other. However, if he was up quite a bit in the night, that morning pump was shot.

How old is your baby?

Heather - posted on 04/10/2010

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Sometimes when you don't feel you are producing enough, it's just because they are having a growth spurt and eating often. My daughter went through a couple periods of needing to nurse every hour to hour and a half. Like others have said- if your little one is gaining weight appropriately and is making the right number of wet diapers every day, no need to worry. If you have concerns, I'd suggest contacting a local La Leche League, or a lactation consultant at the hospital where you delivered your baby. Often they can offer suggestions, too. I had to use a supplemental feeding system at first, so that my baby could figure out the sucking pattern better and cause my milk supply to increase... it was just low b/c she wasn't doing a good pattern. They can help ou investigate things like that....

Good luck! Hang in there- you'll find breastfeeding SO rewarding, sometimes it just takes awhile to get the hang of! =)

Emma - posted on 04/09/2010

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I physically cannot pump. I've tried many times and it wasn't until my doctor put me on domperidone that I am able to pump just enough daily for my son to go to daycare with. I have tried fenugreek, the right foods, pumping after feedings, pumping before feedings, you name I tried it. BUT that doesn't mean I don't produce milk for my son. I can hear him drinking even when I don't feel full. Just I am no longer engorged. If your baby is producing the right amount of wet diapers, whether they nurse 8-10 times a day at even 10 months old, they are getting enough. My son major comfort nurses, which is fine, but now that I am back at work he's changed his nursing habits, eats more solids and even nurse less frequently during the night but nurses longer at each interval.

Brandy - posted on 04/09/2010

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Why do you think you aren't producing? One of the main reasons women stop breastfeeding is because their bodies regulate the amount of milk needed and stop feeling full so they think they aren't producing enough. Another reason is that they can't pump much or anything at all but alot of women have trouble with pumping and when I was nursing my daughter, I could only pump about a half ounce at a time but she was still exclusively breastfed for 6 months until solids were introduced and I continued to nurse until she was 9 months old. If your baby is having 4-6 wet diapers a day and is gaining weight, then she is getting enough and you don't have to worry.

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