I Think My Milk Supply is Going Down...HELP!

Heather - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 4 months old and I want nothing more then to continue breastfeeding him. I tried Organic Mother's Milk tea and he seemed really fussy and didn't like it. Should I try it again? I just want my milk back and I'm afraid I'm going to have to switch to formula. I even tried eating something healthy every time I fed him along with a gallon of water in a day. I spent the day every hour either pumping or feeding him. I don't know what to do? Should I just give it up?

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Heather - posted on 02/27/2009

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Thank You for all the responses.  I was told today by a health professional the same thing Jennifer said, I may just not feel as full as I did in the beginning because we established a schedule and not to worry as long as he is having plenty of wet diapers.  He is and he does eat every 2 hours except he sleeps through the night and has been since he was 5 weeks.  I sleep right through the night with him.  I was just worried because I used to wake up really full, feed him, then pump.  I would then have enough milk for him while I went to school.  But he is gaining plenty of weight he is already 17 pounds.  He has been eating cereal since he was 3 months old, the doctor told me I could start giving him cereal since he was so big and healthy.  He was a 10 pound baby when he was born!  I guess I'm just being greedy and want more milk to store!

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Deborah - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Cynthia:

keep your liquids up, there are med`s your doctor can prescribe. My sister was on the one that sounds like the fancy champagne: don perridon. and it really helped her. Good luck.



lmao, motilium is the dom peridone your sister was taking! i thought the same thing about its name, sounds good, and worked a treat!

Deborah - posted on 03/01/2009

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fennugreek tablets from the chemist increase milk supply, my midwife got me onto them, if that fails, see your gp and ask for a pescription of motilium.

motilium is an anti nausea medication, doctors found it increaes milk supply safely, just watch out for mastitis f you increase your supply too much!



i have breastfed all 5 of my sons,

ive been tandem feeding both my toddler (now 2yrs) and my baby, now 6mths, with no problems.my oldest is 14.

and keep up with the water! good luck

Allie - posted on 02/28/2009

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food and water, your baby might just be growing and needing more food. just eat a little more and drink a lot more and let your milk catch up to your babies needs

Cynthia - posted on 02/27/2009

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keep your liquids up, there are med`s your doctor can prescribe. My sister was on the one that sounds like the fancy champagne: don perridon. and it really helped her. Good luck.

Bethany - posted on 02/27/2009

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I had my supply diminish when my daughter was 4-5mos old because she was eating really sporadically and wasn't a big eater to begin with. I started taking fennugreek and drinking more water and my supply came back up. I also bought some nutritional yeast (you can get it at Superstore in the organic section) that you can sprinkle on popcorn or pizza or toast - whatever and it helped increase my milk also. The bonus to the yeast is that it's a great protein also. Just thought I'd share... sounds like you're all doing well though! =o)

Dorothy - posted on 02/27/2009

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I'm right there with you,  I've tried it all. I just got Reglan prescribed by my OB, started taking it this morning and I am amazed at how fast this stuff works. Each pumping session I've gotten 4-5 oz. which I've never done before! Don't give up, it's a battle I'm determined to win as well.

Andi - posted on 02/27/2009

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I was just thinking the same thing last week. My 4 month old seems like he is hungry all of the time! I keep breastfeeding only, but it seems like he is not getting enough (like he gets mad and stops during feeding like hes not geting anything out, and he wants to eat every two hours!) I asked his doctor and he said he could start having rice ceral! He said to keep breastfeeding but try giving him rice cereal twice a day. Espically do it before bedtime because he might sleep longer with a full tummy. yay! I haven't tried it yet (gonna get some next week) but I'm looking forward to him sleeping longer :)

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2009

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Yes, Heather, I'm wondering what makes you think your supply is going down? Eating something healthy when you BF isn't going to increase your milk supply. Just think of all the women in third world countries who can still produce milk on a very limited diet. I would also be thinking in the line of Jennifer, perhaps your son is going through a growth spurt. But really without knowing more details, it is really hard to say. Keep doing what you are doing. You shouldn't give up! You are doing a fantastic job!! What country are you from? here is a fantastic website on breastfeeding: www.drjacknewman.com

He has lots of QA's and you can even email him with your question and he will get back to you asap. I've emailed him a few times and he has always been very quick to respond.

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What is leading you to believe that your milk supply is going down? At 4 months your breasts may not even feel like they have any milk in them when in reality there is ounces. Does your son seem fussy and still scream after a feeding? Is he not gaining weight? If it's only been a couple of days it could be that he's going through a growth spurt. It would be unusual for you to all of a sudded stop makin as much milk if you haven't been skipping any feedings.

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