lack of milk

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies I am a first time mom. I feel that my milk supply is getting low, is there anything that I can do to get the flow back? My son was born at 34weeks1day and he does not nurse well so I have been pumping since he was born- which was August. Right now he is getting mostly breast milk mixed with formula. I am getting sad thinking that he will not get my milk anymore.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2008

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Thanks ladies for your advise! i try nursing my son every day and so days are better then others so I still pump and will continue as long as I can. It seems that my milk supply is back to where it was- not sure why it was low a few days.

Carissa - posted on 12/08/2008

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Hi! I also thought that my supply was going down w/ my baby. Are you taking BC pills? I thought that was my problem & went off of them (didn't have to worry about getting prego again...my baby was sleeping with me @ the time-not my husband:) I also would suggest about drinking a lot more water...and nurse on demand & often. It might seem like that is all you are doing, but it will help build up your supply. GOOD LUCK!

Sheryl - posted on 12/08/2008

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I am breast feeding an 8 &1/2 month old babe who is taking some solids but not a lot. She only nurses about 4-5 times a day and sometimes not for very long at a session. I too feel that my supply has diminished significantly. She will not take formula at all and it is too early I feel to supplement with whole milk. I have heard that the herbal supplement fenugreek can help so I started that 4 days ago. I do not pump so I can not measure in ounces but her diapers are wetter so I do think that it is making some difference. It is worth a try!

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I agree with Samantha.

Breastfeeding is supply and demand. The more the baby nurses the more the body is signaled to produce more milk. Nursing on demand and frequently is the best to keep up the milk supply. Also, there has been research showing that keeping your baby close to you ( co sleeping, baby wearing, skin to skin) helps to keep milk supply. It's all in the hormones.

I am a RN in Maternity and have taken a few extra breastfeeding courses. I am also breastfeeding my baby exclusively.

There are a lot of different answers with BF questions. Remember to do what feels right for you and your baby.

You only need 500 extra calories for BF.

Samantha - posted on 12/08/2008

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I've had a few health nurses recommend to me that if you want to increase your supply just feed more often, because the more your baby drinks the more milk you will make to replace it. But sometimes this isn't always easy because you can find yourself not really doing anything else else but feeding bubs. good luck with everything!

Anne-Odile - posted on 12/07/2008

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You might want to talk to a lactation consultant about it, to see what they recommend for your situation. I personally took some herb tea (Mother's Milk), and ate more oatmeal. It's supposed to help increase milk production.

Brandie - posted on 12/07/2008

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you need twice as many caleries than you did when you were preg dont worry anout your wieght eat ice cream more dariy high protien

also when you are nursing drink water the whole time because remember you dont want to get dehydraited this is all advice my sister told me she has six kids and nursed every one til they were two so i know she is right she never ran out of milk

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One thing to remember is that your baby is really the best pump. The amount you get out with a manual pump or electric is not as much as a suckling baby would get. Keep us posted on how things are going.

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2008

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I can get a lot when I pump and today the amount in each bottle is not as much as I usully get.

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Hey Jennifer,

Congratulations on the birth of your son. Fantastic news. I am curious what lead you to thinking you have low supply in the first place.

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