Is there anything we can take or do to increase milk supply?
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Courtney - posted on 04/17/2011
I took Fenugreek and Calcium pills. Seemed to help me. There is also a bunch of teas that you can try to help your milk. Not sure if those work. I actually had to give up pumping and just straight breastfeed. The more you breastfeed, your supply goes up. Good Luck :)
Kristiana - posted on 04/17/2011
Traditional Medicinals Mother's Milk tea worked for me. Fenugreek (which is also an ingredient in Butter Chicken, I came to find out) just made me and the girl sick, but the tea was a good substitute. You can order it on Amazon.
Melissa - posted on 04/16/2011
There's Mothers Milk Tea and also capsules for increasing your supply. If you go to a healh food store like Vitamin Cottage they carry different brands made specifically for boosting milk supply. If don't work I recommend seeing a lactation consultant to find out how much you're making. There are other measures like Reglan but the side effects are horrible, it's a dopamine inhibitor and causes maternal restlessness, jitters, confusion, anxiety and sleepiness. There's also Domperidone that's not available in the United States but can be purchased overseas at a reputable pharmacy. This helped boost my supply overall and I was able to nurse my daughter til she weaned at 10 months. The side effects were minimal (headaches and dry mouth) which continued after regular use. Good luck!
Laura - posted on 04/17/2011
Someone once told me that malt helps with milk supply. I used to put a tablespoon or two of ovaltine malt in a glass of milk every day. Here is a great article on the subject from I am pregnant.com. They were very supportive all throughout my pregnancy.: http://www.i-am-pregnant.com/encyclopedi...
Jenny - posted on 04/16/2011
Fenugreek!!!!!!!! I swear by it. I had difficulty with both babies and milk production. I am over 40 with large breasts and a little high strung and, of course this is merely my theory/opinion, but it worked really really well for me!!! Good sleep, chammomile tea and fenugreek...either in capsule or leaf or bag tea. Capsule worked the best for me.
Janet - posted on 04/16/2011
You can take both fenugreek and blessed thistle together.. 3 pills of each 3 times a day.
Your Dr can also write you a scripe for meds called Domperidone. I have taken all of the above and they all work great.. however the Domperidone works great... 3 pills 3 times a day...
Check out the website www.drjacknewman.com/ Dr Jack Newman is the breastfeeding king... if you email he will respond thatis how I found out about the meds he told me what dose to tel my Dr and my Dr wrote the script
Melissa - posted on 04/16/2011
fenugreek- but watch your babies fussiness and stool sometimes it can cause baby fussiness and diarhea if it does ask your doctor for a perscription there is one your doctor can write for you. Sometimes fenugreek doesn't work for everyone either, also a vitamin called milk thistle or blessed thistle, fish oil helps thicken your milk too
Marla - posted on 04/16/2011
I went to the health store and bought Nursing Mothers tea and I also tried another type of tea (just ask) both worked great. Make sure you are hydrated enough, ever time you nurse drink a glass of water. The usual stuff. I constantly felt that I was not making enough milk for my little budda, he was just fine. It is hard to know how much you actually are feeding them when breast feeding. You can always pump to check. Remember it is supply and demand the more the baby needs the more your body will make.
It is always tough during the growth spurts. Remember 3 wks, 3 mths, 6 mths, and 9 mths are tough on the mom, your supply will be a day or two behind the demand but it will come don't worry. Easy to say, but with my second I knew better I really didn't worry at all. She is 20 months and still BF and eating everything in the house.
Amanda - posted on 04/16/2011
If your baby isn't gaining weight, acts hungry after just finishing a nursing, appears dehydrated, or isn't having regular bm's then you might need to look into increasing your milk supply. If you have a newborn remember your body takes awhile to adjust to having a new baby. Milk doesn't really come in for several days after birth and could take up to a week. If your baby is getting ready for a growth spurt and wants to nurse more frequently it may take a week or so for your milk supply to increase to his/her demand and it is normal to go through these cycles. I would talk to a lactation consultant either through your mid-wife or hospital for recommendations. Stress hormones can also impact milk supply so if you have other things happening in your life that can have affect as well.
I guess in order to properly answer your question, as Celeste said, we need more information from you as to baby's age, other things that are happening to your body, and around you, and why you think your supply is low.
Carolyn - posted on 04/11/2011
what makes you think your supply is low ?
Many women think their supply is low when in fact it is only just regulating, no longer engorging you but making just the right amount for baby.
So tell us why you think your supply is low, and im sure you will get the most useful information :)
Sheena - posted on 04/11/2011
I have been taking Fenugreek to help my supply. My doctor recommended it since I have little to no milk. I am not 100% if its working yet since it's only been a few days since I started taking it. You can also drink something called Mothers Milk Tea. That is suppose to help as well.
Best of luck to you.
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