how to increase breast milk

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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i would like to know how i can increase breast milk as i feel that im not producing enough

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Danielle - posted on 01/10/2010

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I know that for me when I breast fed I always had to make sure I did the following to keep my milk supply up: 1) Calorie intake: Make sure that you are eating healthy and eating extra dairy. 2) Water: Drink lots of water. 3) Use a breat pump: I always pumped in between feedings so I had some for storage and to make my body feel it needed to produce "more" milk. 4) RELAX: I caps locked that because it was a huge factor for me with all five..if I started stressing my milk production decreased. 5) Enjoy your special time with baby. (Sounds like a given but make it special and it becomes fun and not a hassle.) I hope that my experiences help you.

Erica - posted on 01/10/2010

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Feed your baby on demand and pump at the conclusion of as many feedings as possible. Even if you don't get any milk out, the added stimulation to your nipples will help you produce more. Also, drink tons of non-carbonated liquids, snack often, avoid caffeine, get as much rest as possible, and relax while feeding/pumping. If you do pump rather than feeding your baby at the breast, make sure you pump for several minutes after you think you milk has stopped coming.

Korena - posted on 01/10/2010

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do a nursing marathon, nurse a lot, the more your baby nurses the more your blody will make you can also eat oatmeal (not instant) and theres a natural suplament called Fenugreek. Ive done both.

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Celeste - posted on 06/03/2010

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What's making you think you have low supply?? Before you try any galactagogue, make sure your supply is really low!

Read this. These are things that DO NOT mean your supply is low:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Michelle, what you're producing is actually pretty good! Average is about 1/2 oz to 2 oz (50 mL is about 1 1/2 oz) Also, keep in mind that #1) pumping isn't indicative of supply and #2) baby is MUCH more efficient than the pump..

Hang in there guys, I'm betting you're doing better than you think you are!

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well no offense ladies,but i have been drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day,and still drink other liquids in between,i snack often too and i pump milk.my breasts are not producing more than 50ml.and its NOT enough milk for my 3week old daughter...so i get where you are coming from...

Bethany - posted on 01/14/2010

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I've also used the organic tea that is called mothers milk. It works great and tastes exactly like black licorice to me. The box recommends 3 to 5 cups a day however I notice a difference in just one cup a day. That plus nursing more frequently seems to do the trick for me. Good luck!

Destiny - posted on 01/13/2010

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I used Fenugreek for 3 days and it worked wonders. The best thing, he stopped crying for milk right away and I was able to give my breasts a short break.

Monika - posted on 01/12/2010

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I wondered about this too, I recently heard oatmeal in the morning and Fenugreek. I recently started eating oatmeal and taking the Fenugreek along with a multi-vitamin called Nursing Blend. I have noticed an increase in milk but I still have to substitute with a little bit of formula.

Trove - posted on 01/12/2010

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I've too have heard Guiness or milk stout beer can help increase milk production (and it did work for me). I was also given a recipe for a concoction by the clinic nurse, that kept me hydrated and increased milk production. It is 500ml fruit juice (she suggested cranberry), 1 and half litres of water, 4 spoons Schlehen Blackthorn berry Elixir and 1 sachet Rehydrate all mixed together. Worked well, especially on hot days.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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avoid sausage (it is seasoned with sage) and try drinking a (as in only one) beer. I'm not talking getting loaded here...just slowly sip it and back off a little bit if you are feeling tipsy. Feel free to eat a snack while you are sipping at your beer. I don't know why it works, but it helped me get back on track when I was nursing my 2 kids.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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All very good suggestions so far! I took fenugreek for both of my children when they breastfed. I worked full-time though, with lots of stress so I had to pump while I was at work. When they were both about 1 year old I wasn't able to produce very much milk at all even though I was taking fenugreek everyday. Therefore, I would certainly follow the suggestions above regarding lots of liquid, fenugreek, and "low stress"!

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Angela:

I got a uterine infection and my milk supply lowered. My doctor put me on a med called Reglan, and I have been on that for 10 weeks now. I have 3 weeks left. The only upside to that is that it gets your supply up while you direct the issues of why its low to begin with.
I personally eat a bowl of oatmeal everyday, at some point.
I make sure to relax as much as possible (sleeping well at night as well as naps)
PLENTY of liquids and snacks (I eat a snack and drink 16 oz every time I BF)
I did pump, but nursing more frequently and for longer periods worked better for me.
I let my baby nurse for up to 45 mins total.
I hope this helps.... I had a hard time nursing my last one bacuse I had a low supply. But I did all these things and it made it more enjoyable and I produced more milk. It might take a few weeks to get in the routine, but don't give up. GOOD LUCK!


I would do some research on the Reglan if you haven't already - http://www.reglansideeffectslawsuit.com/...



My friend has a gastro problem and Reglan was one of the things recommended for him but because of all the side effects he's decided he doesn't feel comfortable taking it and because of what I've learned from his experience, I'm not sure I would feel comfortable taking it while breastfeeding.



I would just research it and speak to your doctor to see if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Stephanie - posted on 01/11/2010

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You can also do Fenugreek and blessed thistle caps 3 pills 3 times a day. This is proven very effective and usually you don't need to take more than the life of the bottle. But you can always take more if needed. Also nursing on demand will be a great help!

Angie - posted on 01/11/2010

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After a feeding, pump for a while. I started losing my supply because of stress so I would pump every other hour for an hour and now my supply has increased! Good luck

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I got a uterine infection and my milk supply lowered. My doctor put me on a med called Reglan, and I have been on that for 10 weeks now. I have 3 weeks left. The only upside to that is that it gets your supply up while you direct the issues of why its low to begin with.
I personally eat a bowl of oatmeal everyday, at some point.
I make sure to relax as much as possible (sleeping well at night as well as naps)
PLENTY of liquids and snacks (I eat a snack and drink 16 oz every time I BF)
I did pump, but nursing more frequently and for longer periods worked better for me.
I let my baby nurse for up to 45 mins total.
I hope this helps.... I had a hard time nursing my last one bacuse I had a low supply. But I did all these things and it made it more enjoyable and I produced more milk. It might take a few weeks to get in the routine, but don't give up. GOOD LUCK!

Nikole - posted on 01/10/2010

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Just to check, I would pump for an entire day and give my baby a bottle to see if my production matched his intake. He ALWAYS took in 1-2 oz. more than I pumped. But because the milk flows easier from the bottle, it's just easier for the baby to get more. Also, I've heard that the pump isn't as efficient as the baby sucking. I simply came to the realization that I was producing enough, I just had a very hungry baby! He was always in the 90th percentile for his age group. He ate every 2.5 hours for months! I was so happy when he started taking cereal around 5.5 months (tried at 4, but he got upset tummy). You can try Fenugreek (really worked for me! better than Mother's Milk), but chances are you're producing enough. So just try to relax and slather on that lanolin! :)

Tanya - posted on 01/10/2010

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If you pump it will stimulate your milk production. Milk is supply in demand. So pump and freeze it or let daddy feed with a bottle.

Danielle - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Korena:

do a nursing marathon, nurse a lot, the more your baby nurses the more your blody will make you can also eat oatmeal (not instant) and theres a natural suplament called Fenugreek. Ive done both.


 



Instant works ;) It just depends on how much of a boost you need :P



 



Oatmeal- in any form.  Cooked on the stove, cookies, granola, instant (though this doesn't work for everyone).



Brewer's yeast, fenugreek, blessed thistle, mother's milk tea, lots of fluids and most importantly LOTS of stimulation.  The increase in demand will increase the supply.  I helped my cousins wife go from absolutely ZERO milk supply (she had never intended on BFing so she had been formula feeding her son for the whole first month of his life and her milk was LONG GONE) to so much milk that in one months time her premie who was struggling with weight gain packed on so many pounds that his health no longer concerned her :D



It IS a lot of work to increase your supply sometimes but it can be done and I wish you the best of luck!





Oh and I agree to check out Kellymom.com as one of the previous posters suggested!

Nikole - posted on 01/10/2010

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You can also get a organic tea that is called mothers milk. 3 to 5 cups aday. i use it to keep my supply up because i pump

Sara - posted on 01/10/2010

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nursing more often increases milk supply. how old is baby? sometimes moms think they are not producing enough milk when baby is simply going through a growth spurt. Generally 3 & 6 weeks and 3 & 6 months. It is hard to know exactly howmuch milk baby is getting but remember if it is coming out in wet diapers it must be going in!

Jocelyn - posted on 01/10/2010

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Along with fenugreek, alphalfa and blessed thistle also help increase milk supply.

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2010

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Breastfedding is about supply and demand, you need to demand it to get the supply...frequent feeds will stimulate more milk, and drink lots of water too

Nahla - posted on 01/10/2010

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I feel i might have the same problem, thanks for posting this :) looking forward to some replies! (heard once that spring onion helps and drinking lots of fluids)

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