Increasing Breast Milk

Rebecca Lynn - posted on 05/01/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Is ther any way to increase my breast milk flow? I don't know if I just plain don't have enough milk or maybe Ashley is just not getting it as fast as she would like but she gets very frustrated. She is 3.5mo and there was never a problem with the breast-feeding before now. Just lately she seems to get very angry lol.

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water --- make sure you drink TONS of it! Also, around now is the time when our bodies get more efficient and start making milk on demand instead of having an oversupply at the ready. She may be having to work a bit more for it and that could be frustrating her. Just remember to drink a LOT of water and you'll have an abundant supply for her. Also, increasing the number of nursing sessions will increase your supply.

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Rebecca Lynn - posted on 05/02/2009

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Wow thanks for all these wonderful answers :) I think maybe exercise was the culprit. I have been working out like constantly on my equipment here. I am getting married in July, I will just have to stop for a while I guess. Managed to work off 20pds.

Tami - posted on 05/02/2009

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Stay away from lettuce and gassy things such as broccoli and cabbage, etc... Drink a lot of water and keep feeding regulary (like every hour)... It takes a couple days and it should be back to normal. Good luck!

Olivia - posted on 05/02/2009

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If your let down is too slow for her you could pump until the milk starts to flow and then
let her latch on. This may help keep her from becoming frustrated trying to get milk.

Sarah - posted on 05/02/2009

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Hi have you tried expressing so that you produce more milk as your body will think that your baby is feeding more and so will make more milk. Also if you are not eating and drinking enough this can effect your milk supply as well as being too tired makes a difference.

Morag - posted on 05/02/2009

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She's hitting the 4 month growth spurt. You ARE making enough milk... she just wants more because she is growing. Drink loads of water and breast feed breast feed breast feed. I see you have an older one. Invest in a sling and learn to get your youngest latched on in the sling so you can still run around with the eldest :)

Brianna - posted on 05/02/2009

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Hi I am in the same boat with my 3 month old my milk has just dropped off all of a sudden and bub has lost 300grams, my midwife said stress is a likely cause as well as caffiene (tea, coffee coke ect) or too much exercise if you are swaeting a lot. I have been taking herbal supplements to help bring it back, blessed thistle and fenugreek, take one one day and the other the next because even tho they do the same thing they can react together. This seems to be helping me even tho it does take a couple of days to take effect. Also breast milk is just supply and demand and when bubby has a growth spurt it usually takes about 3 days before you make more milk.

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