ideas on producing more milk

Kristina - posted on 04/22/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my 4 month old, but it seems like every week the amount changes. She feeds every 3 to 4 hours, except at night she will sleep 8 hours. I am taking Fenugreek and it has its moments when it works. I dont want to lose my milk! Does anyone have any ideas to help me produce more? Thanks a lot for your help.

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Nichole - posted on 04/25/2011

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you can try putting hot towls on your brests before feeding it helps the flow also drink lots of water and u can try using a brest pump inbetween feedings and u can get up once or even two times a night and pump a litttle it should help the flow

Savona - posted on 04/24/2011

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it helped me to stop drink anything carbonated.
I started drinking water a lot and having small meals more frequently rather then bigger meals further apart. It helped my breast milk supply and to lose weight lol!
I know when my daughter was sleeping through the night, I had to wake up and pump once otherwise my milk supply started to diminish because of the whole supply and demand, other then that, it was good.

Celeste - posted on 04/24/2011

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Like the others said, it's GOOD that you aren't feeling full. Full=slowing down milk production because your body thinks that baby doesn't need that milk. Floppy breasts is exactly what you want! So, it sounds like you are doing great!!

Meredith - posted on 04/23/2011

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I had the sane feeling. In the beginning I was HUGE and FULL and HARD but than it was like where did it all go?!?! I was told by my LLC to pump first thing in the morning,when you are at your fullest and you should be fine. But I agree you more and likely are at what you should be with your supply and demand.

Stephanie - posted on 04/23/2011

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At around 4 months, your supply does regulate like Sarah said. This also means your breasts won't feel as hard or full, but remains soft most of the time. This doesn't mean your supply has dropped, it just means your body is working as it should! I remember also being quite worried when it happened to me, and a lactation consultant reassured me this is how our body works. Instead, your gauge for whether you have enough milk will need to shift from how your breast feels to whether your child is putting on weight, happy or have between 5-8 good wet diapers per day.

I think you are doing well.

The main thing is to remain relaxed, keep drinking lots of water, keep up eating nutrious foods! I also read from 'Baby Love' by Robyn Barker that you will need to feed off your breast at least 6 times a day in order to maintain your milk supply. I have been following that rule and at nearly 11 months, still happily breastfeeding my little boy.

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Yoke Wean - posted on 04/26/2011

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I pump on the other side while feeding my daughter who is 10mths old now , it can help to maintain the supply. Remember that our breast are not for us to store milk but to produce milk, it will continue to produce when u continue to express it out. The production will slow down if our breast are too full. So keep it on to pump & breastfeed, the milk that u pump out is useful when u are away from your baby . Good luck

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2011

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I have been drinking a cup of Milkmaid Tea everyday and it seems to be working for me. I got it at the healthfood store. and it doesn't taste fantastic (a little like what I think grass clippings would taste like) but it isn't horrible.

Kristina - posted on 04/24/2011

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thank you all so much for your advise. Its has been very helpfull and encouraging. Have a Blessed Easter!!

Anna-marie - posted on 04/23/2011

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milk, cinnamon, cardamon pods and fenugreek, simmer all in a pan and strain, then serve!!



very yummy!!!

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2011

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It sounds to me like your supply has regulated and you produce as much as she needs. This is a really good thing, it means your boobs are in perfect working order! She's happy, gaining weight, producing plenty of wet diapers and even sleeping through the night! I think you're both doing a great job and you have nothing at all to worry about! :D
And yeah you're right, don't start her on cereal yet. She will let you know when she's ready! :) xx

Kristina - posted on 04/22/2011

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she is fine on the weight and good on diapers. i just dont feel as full. i dont really pump unless i am away form her. i dont work so that is not that often. again it just feels like less and sometimes it seems like when she is feeding that she is not happy, not always. we havent started cereal yet and doc says i can start or wait. i have chosen to wait on that. i took fenugreek when i was nursing my son.
thanks to all who have responded.

Christine - posted on 04/22/2011

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I have started to eat a bowl about a cup and a half of oat meal every morning and I have found that my supply has increased. I work 3rds so I pump 2x while at work, and then feed on demand through out the day. I pump about 2.5 oz. per side per pumping.

Minnie - posted on 04/22/2011

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Is she making about 6 wet diapers a day? Light-colored urine? Is she still gaining weight?

What sort of factors are you using that indicate to you that your milk production is decreasing, or that you need to take Fenugreek for it?

Do you have to pump a lot for work?

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/22/2011

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Fenugreek, I've heard can increase milk supply by 400%. If you take it and you produce too much, just quit. I couldn't produce with my son enough to feed him, so I will be trying any and all herbal remedies when my next one comes this fall :) check the internet for other herbs and stuff? my doctor also gave me another name but i forgot what it is called

Tyrae - posted on 04/22/2011

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Why do you think you are losing your milk?

The reason why your supply amount changes week to week is because she is demanding more at times and less at times and your body will make as much as she needs. I've gone weeks where I'm leaking and some weeks where it feels like I'm completely empty.

As long as she is getting about 6-8 wet diapers a day she is getting enough milk.

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