I want to produce enough milk :(

Reema - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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I have a two months old boy. I haven't been producing enough milk for about one month, so I have been supplementing with formula. My boy seems to have reaction to formula. He is always irritated, fussy and gassy. :(

The doctor gave me hypoallergenic formula sample but I don't really want to feed him with formula. I want to BF exclusively.

I tried mom's tea, fenugreek seed pills, malt drink and possible food recommended on various websites. My baby still hungry after each feeding. His tongue is always out for more milk :(.

My boy also has a persistent thrush. I feel like I am an inferior mom. I cry as he cry. I don't know what to do :(

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Celeste - posted on 03/22/2011

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Yes, definitely take care of that thrush!!

Here is some info about low supply from kellymom
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Is your milk supply really low?

First of all, is your milk supply really low? Often, mothers think that their milk supply is low when it really isn't. If your baby is gaining weight well on breastmilk alone, then you do not have a problem with milk supply.
It's important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump are not valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.

What if you're not quite sure about baby's current weight gain (perhaps baby hasn't had a weight check lately)? If baby is having an adequate number of wet and dirty diapers then the following things do NOT mean that you have a low milk supply:

* Your baby nurses frequently. Breastmilk is digested quickly (usually in 1.5-2 hours), so breastfed babies need to eat more often than formula-fed babies. Many babies have a strong need to suck. Also, babies often need continuous contact with mom in order to feel secure. All these things are normal, and you cannot spoil your baby by meeting these needs.
* Your baby suddenly increases the frequency and/or length of nursings. This is often a growth spurt. The baby nurses more (this usually lasts a few days to a week), which increases your milk supply. Don't offer baby supplements when this happens: supplementing will inform your body that the baby doesn't need the extra milk, and your supply will drop.
* Your baby nurses more often and is fussy in the evening.
* Your baby doesn't nurse as long as she did previously. As babies get older and better at nursing, they become more efficient at extracting milk.
* Your baby is fussy. Many babies have a fussy time of day - often in the evening. Some babies are fussy much of the time. This can have many reasons, and sometimes the fussiness goes away before you find the reason.
* Your baby guzzles down a bottle of formula or expressed milk after nursing. Many babies will willingly take a bottle even after they have a full feeding at the breast. Read more here from board-certified lactation consultant Kathy Kuhn about why baby may do this and how this can affect milk supply. Of course, if you regularly supplement baby after nursing, your milk supply will drop (see below).
* Your breasts don't leak milk, or only leak a little, or stop leaking. Leaking has nothing to do with your milk supply. It often stops after your milk supply has adjusted to your baby's needs.
* Your breasts suddenly seem softer. Again, this normally happens after your milk supply has adjusted to your baby's needs.
* You never feel a let-down sensation, or it doesn't seem as strong as before. Some women never feel a let-down. This has nothing to do with milk supply.
* You get very little or no milk when you pump. The amount of milk that you can pump is not an accurate measure of your milk supply. A baby with a healthy suck milks your breast much more efficiently than any pump. Also, pumping is an acquired skill (different than nursing), and can be very dependent on the type of pump. Some women who have abundant milk supplies are unable to get any milk when they pump. In addition, it is very common and normal for pumping output to decrease over time.

Celeste - posted on 03/22/2011

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OK, how are you determining that you haven't producing enough milk? What's going on? Is it that he's still hungry? If so, this is GOOD for supply. Nurse him, even if he just ate. THAT will help supply.

Supplementing is such a slippery slope. Especially this young. Breastfeeding works on supply and demand.. The more you nurse, the more you will make. If you supplement, your breasts will not get that signal to make more milk! And then, you truly will have a milk supply issue..

Jessie - posted on 03/22/2011

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You need to take care of the thrush right away and you BOTH have to be treated at the same time. I had to go to multiple physician to get what I needed. The original stuff they gave us did NOT work for us, we were immune (Nystatin). Try different doctors and ask for Diflucan (fluconazole) for you AND baby. also look into Gentian Violet (its an antiseptic topical solution) it is very messy and stains but it did work for me. I used a cotton swab to apply the gentian violet to my nipples and then nursed my son. go to these websites\\

http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Candida...



http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Gentian...



http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Flucono...



make sure you replace (or Boil, VERY well) anything he uses in his mouth (pacifier, bottles) and your breast pump parts, at least twice a day until a week after the symptoms are gone. My son also had yeast in his diaper area (that a whole other ordeal)

Next, seek out a lactation consultant to help you with your sons latch and supply issues you may feel you have. Your baby may not be hungry at all but in pain from the thrush.

My LC actually was able to get me help with our thrush by calling my doctor and my sons and advising them what we truly needed.

private message me if you have more questions. HTH



ps. gentian violet was only a few $ dollars at my clinic pharmacy, but that was the only place I could find it so you may need to call/search around.

Celeste - posted on 03/22/2011

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That is not an indication of low supply. The best indication of supply is diaper output. If he's getting 6-8 diapers in a 24 hour period, he's getting enough!

When he acts like he's still hungry, nurse him again! THAT will help supply. Your breasts aren't empty, think of them like factories. Baby nurses, milk is made!

I have a feeling that you're doing better than you think. His behavior sounds like a growth spurt!

Amy - posted on 03/22/2011

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Are you being treated for thrush too? The only way to get rid of it is to treat both of you at the same time or else you will just keep passing it back and forth to each other!
As far as producing more milk are you getting enough fluids? I remember when my baby was young I felt like I wasnt making enough then after thinking about it I was going all day and only drinking one glass of water. So I made a point to drink a big glass before and after each nursing session and that helped so much. If you don't want to supplement spend a couple days just bf'ing your baby as often and for as long as he wants. Don't watch the clock, don't worry if he only ate 30 minutes ago, just bf.....there will always be dirty clothes so don't worry about the housework! Babies go through growth spurts and cluster feed you just need to sit on the couch with your feet up, relax and know in a month or two he'll be an efficient eater and you'll be able to get more done. Good luck and don't get discouraged it does get better, but call your doctor today and tell them you need to be treated for thrush and continue treating your little one. Also if he takes a binkie and any bottles you've been using start sterilizing them because the now are carriers for thrush so I would do it after each use until you've gotten both of you clear of it for a few days!

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Therese - posted on 03/29/2011

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Hi there Reema, Inferiority should only be a label for a mom who consistantly does not try her best. & that is NOT you. I am a certified lactation consultant so what I can tell is that you have done all of the right things as far as trying. Formula is the cause for his irritation for sure. The other thing is to not take in anymore malt, malt can make yeast grow more rapidly. Next I would start eating more yogurt, if you can't then get aciphidilus pills. The other thing would be to cut way down on your sugars also a yeast increaser. This would include fruits limit to 3 servings per day. Just fill up with a little bit more of the other food groups. Don't eat a big bowl of broccoli @ one sitting though he will be gassy then. You will need to do this for at least 3-4 weeks. Make sure you get a variety of good unprocessed fats per day. Grapeseed oil, canola, olive, fish oils. Does he empty your breast when he eats or does he dose off. How long does he eat for? He should empty at least one breast by this age. if not 1/2 of each. Also he might be irritated by lactose from cows milk going through your milk. cut it out for a week to see if theres a differance. After 6 weeks his sucking need does not all have to do w/needing nutrients will he take a pacifier & try new games w.him. Also you could try to increase supply by dry pumping. after baby eats you put the pump on you for 5 minutes longer after all the milk comes out. So none will come out for that extra 5 min. but you will be triggering your body to want to make more by sending that message to it. do this @ least 3 times per day. You should see a differance in 4-7 days.The last thing to do is talk to your dr. pediatrician or pcp or obgyn about getting a rx for Don Peridone. Some dr's wont write one depending on the state. Its safe and natural & a step up from Fenugreek. I would not however take the rx-Reglan which is from your dr because the side effects are tics for you & baby later on.I think if you get your body back on balance you should see better results. 2 more things if you went on birthcontrol @ 6 weeks this is very much likely the culprit. Even the mini pill can decrease your supply I would look into Mirena an IUD. Sometimes this one can throw off your flora though again follow the diet above. But is very effective & can keep your established milk supply. Talk about other iud's -vs- pills if this does happen & Baby will go through another growth spurt @ 3 months. If baby was 2-4 weeks early than his growth spurt might be happening now. I hope this helps. keep me posted I would like to know if things are better for you. Best wishes~T

Marivic - posted on 03/29/2011

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Please make sure that you only drink hot liquid, avoid sour foods at this point, it will not help you produce more milk. Back here in the Philippines, we take Ben tea oil (moringa olifeira), it is a big help. Ask somebody to massage your back, it is what my mother do to me to increase milk production. I hope this will help.

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K you are way to stressed which could be the problem try to relax. Your baby is just fine and you are doing your best. I had this same problem and I supplemented but something tells me that if I had not been so stressed I would have had more milk. You can also try pumping between feeding although that can be a challenge. Also make sure you are taking enough of the fenegreek I had to take 9 capsules a day. Just remember you are great and your baby will be fine no matter if you supplement or not. PS the hypoalergenic formula sucks I would try soy first. Stress is a scary thing and can make you think scary things so take care of you too.

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Hi Reema. I had a big problem with milk supply - it took 5 days for my milk to come through. Once it did, my daughter would always fall asleep on my breast and so was not stimulating me enough. The best thing to do is to feed as often as possible. What I did is I fed her and then pumped straight afterwards to get my supply up. Eventually, she was only on breast milk, even though this was breast together with expressed milk in a bottle. Its now been 11 months now and I'm still giving her exclusively expressed milk in a bottle. Keep it up - it is very hard work but its worth the benefits for your child! I am still on a lot of drugs to help keep my supply up - Eglonyl (from my doctor), Prolak (homeopathic) and fenugreek tablets.

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2011

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You can also try dry pumping... that is what I had to do with my son, after he would nurse I would hook myself up to the pump for 15 min. The first 5 would be dry with no milk, but it ultimately stimulated another let down and trained my body to produce more. For this I recommend a good, high quality pump and make sure that the shields are the right size for you. the standard size that comes with most pumps don't fit the majority of women, most need 1 or 2 sizes higher (I believe the standard is 36 and most women need a 38 or 40).

Good luck... I remember being in your position and it is hard, but you are not a failure. Also, have you talked to a lactation consultant? My consultant was the only way I got through the first 2 months! If you don't have one contact la leche league to find one!

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Summer, I must point out that although it's always important to drink plenty of water, water is not, in fact, the key to producing milk. According to Kellymom:
Drink liquids to thirst (don't force liquids - drinking extra water does not increase supply), and eat a reasonably well-balanced diet.
This is part of looking after the breastfeeding mother.

Reema, this is aparticularly useful site for information on producing milk:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Gina - posted on 03/27/2011

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Lots of fluids for you, (I loved sipping on hot herbal teas, very relaxing), treat BOTH of you for thrush, keep breastfeeding whenever he is hungry, sometimes it's every hour in these early months, your supply WILL keep up with his demand, the more you nurse, the more milk you will make. But TRY to relax..slow deep breathing, meditation, when you are tense he can feel it too.Let down happens easier when you are relaxed. Really believe that all these things will work!

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Treat that thrush! Work on your supply. The best way to do this is to offer the breast frequently, but, importantly, make sure your little one is latching properly.

Please don't supplement - it's the first step in a downward spiral. Complementary feeding is a whole new ball-game and should only be considered in consultation with a board-vertified lactation consultant, but it's a big step.

Mindy - posted on 03/27/2011

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Sorry you are having such a rough time of it. I had to use fenugreek with my son and it worked. Are you sure you're drinking enough water? My mother in law also recommended oatmeal. Have you consulted with La Leche League or a lactation consultant?

If you need to supplement with formula, I know it's not ideal but don't feel guilty about it. You are doing the best you can and as long as he is getting a good amount of breastmilk, he'll have all the benefits of breast milk. Don't feel badly, you are doing your best!

Diane - posted on 03/27/2011

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For the thrush make sure you both get treated, some doctors only treat the baby or the mother and not both if only one is showing symptoms but if one of you is showing symptoms then both need to be treated in order to get rid of it completely. As far as supply issues go the best way is just to keep on nursing, babies at this age (and some for a few more months) will want to nurse constantly and that's completely normal, part of it is that breastmilk is quickly digested and part of it is that they need to keep suckling in order to bring up your production to what they will need when they grow a bit more and part of it is also that they have very small stomachs and need to eat very frequent small meals. If he is have 6 or more wet diapers a day and is gaining weight (even if it is not much) then he is getting enough and he just wants to nurse and that's okay. It's important to remember that the more you supplement with formula the more your supply will drop because it's a supply and demand issue, if the baby isn't nursing then you won't make more milk no matter how much fenugreek, oatmeal and mother's milk tea you have. When my twins first came home from the hospital my supply was low and I was able to bring up to what we needed by taking a 'nursing vacation' that's where you spend 3 days doing nothing but eating, drinking, nursing and sleeping. During those 3 days your baby will be latched most of the time and that will increase your supply like nothing else in the world can, if you have a moby or a ring sling you can nurse in the sling and that will make it easier to do other things as well. If all else fails and you've seen a lactation consultant and you just can't seem to get him to gain weight on your breastmilk and formula irritates him then I would look into getting breastmilk donations, you can go to milkshare.com and I believe there are a few other places, you could ask a La Leche League Leader in your area about it to local resources. Good luck.

Talia - posted on 03/27/2011

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Keep him close to you... maybe in a sling or babytrekker carrier. Let him nurse as often as he likes, even if it only lasts a couple minutes each time! My girl had thrush for awhile and would nurse every half-hour for about three minutes each time. Man did THAT get my supply up! If he has thrush, you might get it too, so use a cream or something! He probably hurts but he will still want to nurse!

Heather - posted on 03/27/2011

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It sounds like he has thrush, and that can also cause gas. My son had thrush 3 times when he was younger. Are you also putting Nystantin cream on your nipples? Cause you should be.

You should be producing enough milk just fine. But when they get thrush, their little mouths HURT. So he probably wants to nurse, but his little mouth hurts too much for him to do so. Do more research and get the thrush treated. Wash your sheets, shirts, bras, pajamas, yes, YOURS, in hot water and I think vinegar, to help get rid of the thrush. Make sure to take the liquid nystantin that they probably gave you and rub it around his tongue and cheeks a few times a day like the label says. Make sure he isn't nursing after you do this for a little bit so that the medicine has time to work. Oatmeal is a great breastmilk maker.

After each nursing session, rub nystantin cream on your nipples, yes, cream, not the ointment. Ask your ped. and OB for the Nystantin CREAM. Keep asking for it for a few weeks for your nipples and your son's bottom, if he has a rash, it could be from the Thrush. I he does have a rash, make sure to use diaper wipes that are unscented. Also, using the Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers can help to get some more air on his bottom. Letting him go diaper free can help too if he has a rash from the thrush.

If you want to email me personally, you can at mysticbutterfly37 at yahoo.com. I have had both of my children, and myself, go through having thrush.

Karissa - posted on 03/27/2011

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I have a had a lot of the same concerns, minus the thrush, and reading through some of the responses here have helped me tremendously! Thank you all for the advice... I LOVE this site...

Keri - posted on 03/27/2011

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Supplementing at such a young age also teaches the baby that sucking on a rubber nipples is easier than sucking at the breast and they become lazy and don't suck as well and are not able to get the milk out as effectively. When my second son was nursing and he had a growth spurt, I would let him nurse all night while I got some rest, and by morning, my body had responded by upping production and he went back to normal feeding times. (or as normal as any young baby can be). Supplementation is never the answer for low milk supply, nursing is. Fluids and rest are very important in the early months too. Many doctors will just give you some formula instead of referring you to a lactation consultant. Definitely get treated for thrush, get some plain yogurt to eat that has live cultures in it to help in addition to yeast medicine for BOTH of you. Allow your nipples to air dry and don't use soap on them. (it dries them out)

Adinah - posted on 03/27/2011

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I used mothers milk tea, it can be found at Target, or online. The tea encouraged my milk production and allowed me to continue breast feeding without supplements. Good luck!

Summer - posted on 03/27/2011

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After you get rid of the thrush!!! Try a babymoon...go to bed with your baby for 24 hours, do nothing but nurse and skin to skin contact with him. Skin to skin contact and the constant nursing will stimulate your hormones to make more milk. Pump every two hours after you feed him and feed what you get back to him if you really think he is hungry. Even if you don't get much from pumping it is stimulating your breasts to make more so do it 8 times a day for 3-4 days, you will see a HUGE difference. If all that doesn't help I had to use Domeperidome and it worked amazing. I highly recommend it!
Good luck!

Karianna - posted on 03/26/2011

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Hi Reema i hope by the time you read my post things will already be getting better for you and little one. I have not read all the posts above but i will still write something small. I am a mum of a 21mth old who is still breast feeding and a midwife for almost 17yrs... i am preparing to pass the IBLCE lactation consultants exam right now and from both perspectives -there is nothing like sitting down with someone like a midwife or a lactation consultant and getting a huge bowl of reassurance. The lactation consultant is trained to examin your breasts for any indications of issues with breast tissue which supplies the milk and of course to especially see how you are positioning your baby... his latch and so on. Your recurrent Trush can also be caused by broken down skin of the nipple and areola where the latch is not correct so that could also be an issue. Treating you and baby together is essential for that... but a consultation with someone to sit with you and really see whats going on is important. You will be able to eliminate any questions you have, start with a proper plan to resume full breastfeeding. It may be a case of your breast tissue needing extra stimulus from either more feeds but you may also need to stimulate with a pump. Feeds at night are especially important for increasing your milk supply because you produce more Prolactin hormone at night so the more you feed at night the more milk you will start to produce all round. Think about what i have said and contact a branch of La Leche League near you -go online to see... or look up websites of lactation consultants operating in your area! Good luck :)

Reema - posted on 03/26/2011

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Thank you all for your support. It seems things are getting back to normal. I have been able enough BFing him for four days.No formula!
I used mom's tea (fennel seeds tea), malt drink (goya malta) and fenugreek seed pills.
I have been stressed because of my in-laws and it affects my milk production very badly. My last solution is not to contact with them for at least six monts :)
Again, thank you all! I will try get the meds that you guys recommended if thing goes bad.

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2011

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I worry about anyone recommending that you stop supplementing, without taking careful steps to get there. I was always told that "Rule #1 - FIRST FEED THE BABY". It took me 4 months of supplementing, pumping, tons of herbs and medications, to finally find that Domperidone (ordered from an online pharmacy in New Zealand) was the trick I needed to finally make enough milk. It was a LONG process to build up my supply and wean off of formula supplementation. I would nurse as long as possible on BOTH sides each session, trying to get her to try both sides TWICE, and only then offer a bottle. She gradually took less and less formula as my supply increased, but I would have NEVER taken the formula away entirely! Once she repeatedly refused the formula over a span of 3 or 4 days, I knew she was satisfied with my supply. ONLY THEN.

Yes, my one true wish was to BF exclusively, and it took a lot of work to get to that point. There are so many reasons, some known and some not, that you may not be making enough milk. It does not necessarily mean that you cannot, but it's not an overnight thing! Take your time, follow your baby's queues, talk to a lactation consultant and be proud of yourself for every drop you are able to get him.

And, yes, as others have said, get the thrush treated. It's aggressive and a battle I have faced, so I know how it can throw another hurdle into your troubles! Good luck and God bless!

Katy - posted on 03/26/2011

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Eat lots. Don't diet. Ensure your calorie intake is sky high. Full fat products all the way.

Holly - posted on 03/26/2011

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Have you tried fennel and fennel seed capsules? Those are my little bits of magic for more milk :) Make sure to stay hydrated as well :) Some marathon nursing sessions (or pumping), going to bed and spending a full weekend with your little one in bed with you might help as well :) You shirtless, little one nursing as often as can be convinced to nurse.. and lots of skin on skin contact ;) If you are unable to make enough milk and want to keep him on breastmilk you might check out Human Milk For Human Babies for some donated breastmilk :)

Liz - posted on 03/26/2011

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Everyone has given great (and accurate) advice above. Treat the thrush, then work on your supply. If you see a lactation consultant and all else is fine (attachment etc), you are doing everything people have suggested (feed more frequently, stop topping up with formula, drink lots of water etc) and you are certain your supply is low. See your Dr and ask to be subscribed Motilium.

Don't stress, you are halfway there to working it out. The fact that you have recognized an issue and are seeking help means you're a GREAT mum. You can be proud of yourself. xo

Ps. There are lots of reasons for low supply. Ie, I had an infection post-delivery that affected my supply. It's not necessarily anything you are doing wrong.

Paige - posted on 03/26/2011

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oh, my. I am certainly sorry you are feeling like you can't satisfy your babys hunger :(. It can get overwhelming when we feel like we can't provide for our young ... but know this: only 1-2% of the poulation of nursing mothers do not produce adequate milk volume. At 2mo, your infants stomach size is just about the size of a strawberry, and can hold 2-3oz max at a time. By supplementing with ABM, you are reducing your milk volume, but it can ceratainly be reversed. Try keep the baby at the breast for longer feedings, stimulate him as he eats, stroke his head, lift his arm, keep him feeding. Burp in between, and offer the other side if he empties the breast. Feed in between feeds, and if her wont nurse, pump or hand express, and freeze for future use. At this stage, milk is increased in volume by babys needs, no the more your baby is at the breast, the more the breast will produce. Good luck, and remember, determination is certainly your best weapon!

Susan - posted on 03/26/2011

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Supplementing is absolutely the worst thing you can do. What it does is "send a message" to your breasts that your baby doesn't need as much milk as he does. All that will happen is your milk production will decrease. If your milk production has decreased, try pumping every time you give him formula. This will start telling your breasts that you need to be making milk for those times as well.



As for nursing, try putting him on the first breast (make sure he's actually sucking, not just "nibbling") and wait for him to stop, then try compressions. Once he's no longer sucking even with compressions, put him on the second breast and do the same thing. You can go back to the first breast again if he's still hungry. Any milk you've managed to pump you can give with a lactation aid as well.



Doctors have *very* little training when it comes to breastfeeding! I was told when my daughter was only four days old that she was lactose intolerant and I should give her formula. I didn't, and ended up using a nipple shield until she had improved her latch enough to gain weight. She's three months old now, and doing great being exclusively breastfed!



If you want a great resource, visit http://drjacknewman.com/ The video clips and articles were essential to me in figuring out how to nurse my daughter. Also, try to find a La Leche League meeting near you. I'm sure they would be able to help you and provide suggestions I haven't even thought of (LLL is a breastfeeding support group). Their website is http://www.llli.org/

Jennifer Ann Saunders - posted on 03/26/2011

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I used Phenugreek and it helped. You can pump on both sides at the same time to help production. Drink lots of milk and DON'T STRESS. It doesn't help.

A two month old baby is two small to start cereal just b/c they seem hungry. Talk to a lactation consultant.....

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2011

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Remember that your breasts aren't like water ballonns, they are never truly empty. The best analogy is that breasts are like a cup under a slowly running faucet with a straw in it. When the baby first starts drinking, the cup is full and the milk flows freely and quickly because the volume is there. Once the initial milk that was in the cup is gone, the faucet is still running and your breasts are still making milk, it just takes more effort to suck a mouthfull out of the bottom of the cup - taking it out as soon as it goes in..

If he's still hungry, put him back on the breast. Switch sides. Go back to the first side. As long as his diaper count is sufficient, he's getting enough.

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2011

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See a dr and get help from a lactation specialist. I still breastfeed my twins(21 months) At first I had to pump because they could not nurse. after a month they had a strong enough suckle to nurse for a while but I still supplemented.At this point I was pumping 4 litres of milk a day! By month 3 we were exclusive breastfeeding. Get good nutrition rest and plenty of water and nature will do the rest.Nurse by demand. most babies will take a preference to the breast over the bottle. Remember to nurse one side burp then do the other side. It will take a long time off the start. If he wants to nurse for over an hour let him.

Summer - posted on 03/25/2011

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Drink lots of water everyday.. This will help you produce milk and keep you from producing less... Water is the key to producing milk.. The thrush you need to go to the doctors and let them know everything you are using isnt working.. Thrush can be very painful to infants.. You MUST get that taken care of right away.

Gladys - posted on 03/24/2011

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our breast just like our pelvic bones have "sizes" that none of us could really figure out how they really measure, well except for doctors i think. before i thought that if you have a big breast it means it will produce more milk, and if you have wide hips, you will not be a candidate for CS section. But reality, it doesnt work that way. I have a small breast but i was able to BF my daughter for a year, but my sister was lucky to BF her son for 2 weeks. Despite of all the prescriptions and herbal treatment. I think that certain body type are design yours can produce more milk or not. For as long you did your best and tried all the ways you think could help you produce more milk, thats good. Its better than not trying at all. Cheer up! :)

Naheeda - posted on 03/24/2011

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Don't be so hard on yourself, many mothers go through this. I was in the same situation. I tried many different herbal solutions including fenugreek, nursing tea, blessed thistle etc. I finally went to an excellent pediatrician who prescribed domperidone which worked wonders. I was then able to increase my milk supply and breastfeed exclusively. I had no side affects and I would definitely recommend this!

Katie - posted on 03/24/2011

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Talk to your doctor! There are prescriptions that you can take that will increase your supply. One of them is the anti nausea medication that many women have to take during their first trimester. It was also suggested to me by a pharmacist to take brewers yeast when my supply waned a little. And remember, pump pump pump pump PUMP! Breastfeeding is a supply and demand function. I was unfortunately a c section Mom, so my body didn't know right away to start milk production. I pumped every two hours around the clock after birth and was Pamela Anderson by day two! Good luck!

Zuri - posted on 03/24/2011

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I used fenugreek for about 3 weeks and it helped my supply alot. I was actually able to stop using it because I began producing enough milk. I used the pills as well as the tea.

Cindy - posted on 03/24/2011

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Try this...
Oatmeal morning (I would make oatmeal mix with milk), drink water (specially after breast-feeding) stay healthy, eat soups. stress free. Don't give up

Yoke Wean - posted on 03/23/2011

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Stop supplementing with formula please........it will reduce your milk supply. I supplement my first son with formula and finally stop breastfeeding when he is 2 months old. For my second child i determine to breastfeed her and i even dun keep any formula milk at home. Breastfeed her when she need , sometimes for hours she will suck. Once i try to pull out my nipple she will cry. My experience tell me that patience and determination is very important. You can increase you supply by taking lots of liquids, black bean +fish soup, express milk from one side while your baby suck from the other side, read more on breastfeeding issue, nurse as much as you can. But at the end of the day, the most important thing i would say is DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE.

Michelle - posted on 03/23/2011

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Keep nursing as long as you can. Switch sides. My kids used me instead of a paci a lot. Don't supplement with formula. The formula fills them up and then they don't want to nurse. You are setting yourself up for failure. Talk to a doctor about getting a presription if you really have supply issues. Another thing that may be causing you problems is stress. That can hurt your supply. You can try brewers yeast if you haven't yet. You can get an idea of what he's eating by weighing him before and after feeds if you have a sensitive enough scale.

Amy - posted on 03/23/2011

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Ask your dr about domperidone - it was suggested and given to me by my dr as I, too, had low milk production I also tried all of the things that you tried - fenugreek and blessed thistle capsules, mother's milk, etc. Tried them all before the domperidone from my dr). Good luck :)

Sarh - posted on 03/22/2011

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Do as the others have said!
Stop the formula and just continue to put him from one breast to the other when he acts hungry! He could also be using you as a binkie. Nurse, nurse, nurse is the best advice aside from getting the thrush taken care of w/the both of you on medication at the same time, if that doesn't work go to a different doctor or try to get a different/stronger prescription for the both of you.
How bad is his thrush? Can you see any on your nipples? Pain when he feeds? My son had very light thrush for MONTHS! The meds didn't work, but it also didn't affect him or my nipples at all.

Good luck!! I wish you all the best!! Have you tried to speak with a lactation consultant?? Also, eat oatmeal daily, not sure if you tried that one and drink plenty of fluids along with 3 well balanced meals a day and 2 healthy snacks.

Jessie - posted on 03/22/2011

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Another thing that will help is to air our your breast after each feed (even if you dont feel any symptoms) because warmth/moisture in your bra area creates a good place for the yeast (candida) that cause thrush to grow. I also used vinegar rinses on my breast and for all of the things I boiled (nipples, pump pieces, etc) because the acidity makes it hard for the yeast to grow.
I had a rough time with yeast in both my son and I and it nearly ruined our breastfeeding in the first few months (we made it to 16 months!)

Reema - posted on 03/22/2011

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Yes, I used 2 different medication in one month. none of them treated him. I used med too.
I know my milk is not enough the way my son behaved. His tongue is out after I feed him. He gets fussy when he tries to get more milk but can't any.

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