Increase Milk Supply
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Tiffany - posted on 03/09/2009
You could also try Mother's Milk herbs, they would great and it is all natural. It has fengreek in it plus some others that are now to help. Mothers that adopt take this so they can produce milk to be able to breast feed their new babies. You can find them on line or at some stores!
Amber - posted on 03/07/2009
My milk supply decreased twice while I was nursing my son. The first time I think I had been exercising too much and the other was unknown and unexpected. Each time I would eat oatmeal and nurse/pump every to increase stimulation and production. It worked both times. Hope it helps!
In addition to the above ideas these are really good cookies that help increase your supply:
Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies ™
* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.
Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Serves: 6 dozen cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes
*can be found at any local health food store.
*NOTE* IT MUST BE BREWERS YEAST, NO SUBSTITUTIONS.
Katie - posted on 03/06/2009
This is what worked for me:
Lay with your baby as much as possible. Keep him in just a diaper and keep your chest bare. This stimulates your body to produce milk and also gives him access as much as he needs. This works best if you do it for at least several hours (when my son was in the NICU I had to hold him for at least 6 hours a day to keep my supply, but now that he's 6 months my supply is great no matter what).
Take Fenugreek. Start with 3 pills 3 times a day and if you smell like maple syrup in a day or two then it's enough, otherwise take more. Drink Mother's Milk tea 3 times a day, both are available at GNC or other health food store. (I've also heard that blessed thistle works with Fenugreek, but I never tried it)
Feed him short and often (5 minutes every 30-45 or so, unless you're doing skin-to-skin like I mentioned before).
If you have to be away from him or if he's sleeping then keep pumping. If you are away then pump 10 minutes every hour; if he's sleeping then pump 1.5-2 minutes every 45 (if it's nighttime or your naptime, don't lose sleep! Although, if he's sleeping more then 3 hours at night, though, wake him up for a feeding or pump).
Offer him breast first, but if he is so hungry he's crying, then mix a couple ounces of breastmilk with a half scoop of formula (assuming you have some pumped, otherwise give 1-2 ounces of formula to hold him over and breastfeed 45 minutes later).
Give yourself 1-2 days to see an increase in your supply, drink lots of water, sleep when you can, and don't beat yourself up over it.
Tricia - posted on 03/06/2009
Be a human pacifier. :-) When your LO cries, latch him on. The extra stimulation will do wonders. I agree with the suggestion to nurse both sides and then immediatly pump both sides. Some other suggestions: eat a nutricious ballanced diet and don't diet or skip meals, fenugreek suppliments (fyi, you'll smell like maple syrup), vitamin B6 (adding more to your diet is best, but a B complex vitamin will work too), drink plenty of water, make sure you're getting a minimum of 2 tablespoons of oil in your diet every day (a handful of nuts is a good way to add healthy fat), avoid mint and sage.
Jenni - posted on 03/07/2009
I am kinda having the same problem my little boy is six months and he eats his cereal for lunch and again at six for dinner but is ony feeding now when he wakes up sometimes he will eat a little between lunch and dinner and then once again before bed and I feel like I have nothing left in me. I dont have my pump anymore either. I dont want to stop breastfeeding because we both enjoy it so much.. but i dont know what else to do about getting more milk in because he is growing so fast and etting so big sometimes I dont feel like i fill him up enough.
Jessica - posted on 03/06/2009
Have you been to the lactation specialist? There is also medications (herbal and non-herbal) like reglin (you need a perscripton) or otc one like lactate blend, mothers milk tea among others. I am scheduled to see a doctor who is going to perscribe a stronger one than reglin (I think that is how it is spelled) the is not FDA approved but has been used in Europe for years. I do say you should see your hospital's lactation clinic. Good luck.
P.S. Drink a beer or two....the hops help increase the supply.
All about supply and demand... demand more of your body and it will supply more.... nurse, nurse and then nurse some more. If you are going to pump, try this approach.... nurse from the first breast (dinner), then off the other (dessert) and then pump both (leftovers).
Tiffany - posted on 03/05/2009
You might try pumping right after you nurse for a few minutes on each side-even if you don't get any milk- I read that just the nipple stimulation helps produce more milk. That's what I did in the beginning. If you have time also try pumping in between feedings, like if your baby nurses every four hours- pump after it's been about two hours since her last feeding. I did this to get a supply of milk that I froze for when I went back to work. The more you pump and nurse the more milk you produce. Hope this helps.
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