Is there a way to make myself lactate more?

Tuesday - posted on 05/12/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I plan to start working at home in about 2 months, but In 3 weeks, I have to train for 6 weeks away from home. I currently lactate enough to keep baby satisfied, but not enough to pump my milk and still nurse. Is there a known method that will help me to produce more milk faster and enough milk to pump some for storage and still nurse? The manual pump doesn't have enough suction to cause me to produce more between feedings and I don't have an electric pump. If I don't solve this issue within the next week or so, I'm in trouble. Please HELP!

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Fleur - posted on 05/15/2011

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Try pumping more often and massaging top of breast. It worked for me. I use the Medela backpack Pump double suction works well. It is pricy but worth it.

Rebecca - posted on 05/17/2011

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hops! If you are wanting to produce more you can buy hops that you can eat. My dr told me that if I wanted to increase my milk supply I could have 1 beer at night. I hate beer but I did find hops candy things that helped!

Michelle - posted on 05/16/2011

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Hi. Here in the Philippines we have a tree with leaves that helps breast feeding moms produce more milk. Look up moringa oleifera. You could also try expressing with your hand. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2011

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The medication someone else refered to is Domperidon. I think I spelled that right lol. There are also some different foods that are supposed to increase your supply, such as oatmeal. Visit these sites for great breastfeeding info and advice http://www.drjacknewman.com/ and http://www.kellymom.com/
Dr. Newman is fabulous. I hear he will even email you in person no matter where you live and help you get proper medications to continue breastfeeding when no one else will help. HTH

Char - posted on 05/12/2011

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Yes! My midwife suggested that I take blessed thistle and fenugreek to lactate more and it worked like a charm.



They are both sold at organic health food stores, like the Big Carrot/Whole Foods type stores etc.!

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Tuesday - posted on 05/17/2011

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@ Tanya: I will only be training from 8am-5pm so I will be home everyday. You all have some very helpful suggestions. Right now, I'm working on pumping directly after nursing until I can get the electric pump and fenugreek. Thanks again ladies.
P.S. I'll tell you how it goes.

Jay - posted on 05/17/2011

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hope things are getting better,
I would suggest that everytime you nurse your baby have the pump on the other side (it may take a lot of pillows and practice.)
baby will trigger let-downs in the other breast for you.
this will make your body produce more milk and give you milk to freeze too x

Petra - posted on 05/17/2011

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Fenugreek worked well for me too. I got it in the GNC aisle of Rite Aid, but the cheapest I found was online at www.vitacost.com
I went back to work and was able to do just fine with a $35 manual pump by Medela, the Harmony. I pumped every 3 hours.

Tanya - posted on 05/16/2011

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I would suggest the blessed thistle and fenugreek!! Also, know that when you are gone for the six weeks you may dry up, and when you get home, you CAN re-stimulate your supply. When you do not have the skin on skin stimulation of nursing, your milk dries up. But the good news is, the stimulation when you get home, along with the herbs, will begin producing milk again!

Neelima - posted on 05/16/2011

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I did hear a lot about fenugreek - although I took fenugreek a lot initially but I am not sure how much it helped. What really helped me to lactate more was to drink a LOT of water and pump often. To get my supply up, sometimes I pumped right after nursing the baby, this way the breasts get empty completely and they produce more and creamier milk for the baby.

Virginia - posted on 05/16/2011

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Also try pineapple juice. I drink 1 to 4 8oz cans a day and it's amazing!!

Natalie - posted on 05/16/2011

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Drinking lots of water is good and express more after baby is fed so that your body thinks you need to produce more to keep up with bubs, not been mean in any way but your not in trouble no 1 is ganna think bad of you if you dont breatsfeed, i dont know how old bubs is but you are doing your best by just been a mum hard enough and wow working already so you are already awsome and super mum so dont be hard on your self bubs will be hapy either way. GOOD LUCK

Savona - posted on 05/15/2011

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If youre able to get an electric pump I suggest getting it fast, the fenugreek did help wonders for me. Drink lots of water, no caffeine or carbonated beverages and try not to eat salty foods(Not sure if that last one effects or not, I just heard it through the grapevine heh)
Get baby to suckle as much as possible for a day or so, and then try and use your manual pump, or as I said at the beginning to try and get a hold of that electric one, perhaps you could get one from the hospital? I know here in BC canada at some places you can rent one.
Goodluck and best wishes to you =)

Angela - posted on 05/15/2011

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more protein, more hydration, fenugreek, domperidone. And TONS of stimulation. Emptying the breast frequently is of absolute importance.

Beth - posted on 05/15/2011

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hi... email me if you still haven't found a good pump. I might be able to help. bethmparkinson@gmail.com :)

Stacee - posted on 05/15/2011

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Tuesday
make sure you are drinking enough water too. Get a good manual pump if you cant afford a good double right now :) Pump onces your LO is done feeding even if you only get an oz. Save that oz in the fridge till you get 4 oz then freeze. The more you can nurse and pump right now the more milk your body will make. drink drink drink your water major right now. Ive used in the past 1 shot of dark beer to up my supply. but it has to be a dark beer. I drink Mother milk tea everyday its not the best but with enough sugar and Ice its ok to chug down. Freengreek you want sorry TMI your pee needs to smell like maple syrup. there are other meds like reglan and dompeirdone(from candana only) but remember its a supply and demand issue, nurse pump once lo is off the boob. nurse pump and in a few days your body is gonna go OK i need to make more milk

Tuesday - posted on 05/14/2011

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Thank you all Ladies. I will work out your suggestions. @ Meagan: I'm in East Point, GA.

Amy - posted on 05/14/2011

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Borrow, rent or buy a good double pump. Fenugreek supplements. Mother'sMilk tea. More Milk Plus by Motherlove. Domperidone from Canada (online) has fewer side effects than Reglan. And of course increase demand. See if you can take a couple days pumping and nursing with high frequency (more important than duration - just pump a cple mins every time u pass your pump, etc).

Amy - posted on 05/14/2011

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Borrow, rent or buy a good double pump. Fenugreek supplements. Mother'sMilk tea. More Milk Plus by Motherlove. Domperidone from Canada (online) has fewer side effects than Reglan. And of course increase demand. See if you can take a couple days pumping and nursing with high frequency (more important than duration - just pump a cple mins every time u pass your pump, etc).

Lise - posted on 05/14/2011

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The best thing to increase supply is by removing milk more. Can you hand express?

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2011

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You can find blessed thistle and fenugreek at any place you find vitamins they are both vitamins, i know the brand that has the yellow and blue label carries the fenugreek.

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2011

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Just watch with Fenugreek it's also a digestive aid, if your baby gets diarhea which SOMETIMES happens to stop fenugreek. However LOTS of people in medical professions do recomend the vitamins Char Char listed. There is also a medication you can ask your doctor for i just don't remember the name of it. Definately buy or rent an electric pump. Some pharmacies rent, and hospitals rent out pumps, also WIC rents/ loans out too if you live in the states and qualify for WIC. There are lots of ways to qualify so call your WIC office and set up an appointment sometimes it's not necessarly financial need.

Tuesday - posted on 05/13/2011

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@ Holly: thanks for the suggestion, but the $140 is beyond my pockets right now. @ Char Char, I think I have heard of these before. Where do I find the blessed thistle and fenugreek?

Holly Janelle - posted on 05/12/2011

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I bought the lansinoh double pump and it has been a life saver! Normally pumps are pretty pricey but It was affordable $140 and I love my lansinoh breast milk storage bags!

Neelima - posted on 05/16/2011

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I did hear a lot about fenugreek - although I took fenugreek a lot initially but I am not sure how much it helped. What really helped me to lactate more was to drink a LOT of water and pump often. To get my supply up, sometimes I pumped right after nursing the baby, this way the breasts get empty completely and they produce more and creamier milk for the baby.

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