Low Milk Supply Tips

Chelsea - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 565 moms have responded )

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This is a frequent question and many moms have some great advice. Please post any tips you have on increasing milk supply.

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Christina - posted on 07/05/2010

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I've found that sometimes its easier for me, when sitting down a lot at the computer or even just playing video games especially, to put my daughter in a sling (i have one of those "over the shoulder baby holders" which is wonderful) and just leave one breast out by her face. She'll nurse a lot and doesnt get very fussy. When the other side fills up, I switch shoulders and just let her go again. It's helped a lot!

Melanie - posted on 07/04/2010

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I tried everything to increase my milk supply. Feeling very frustrated, I called my doctor who prescribed Reglan and it worked great for me. There are some new research studies that indicate negative side effects associated with long-term use so my doctor would only prescribe it for a few months but it made a world of difference.

Jeabai - posted on 07/03/2010

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eat green leafy vegies it will help and lots of lots of water or juice, and keep her/him latch anytime =) Godbless!

Patricia - posted on 07/03/2010

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As mentioned before...it's all supply and demand...feed whenever they cry or ask for it.
If you are too tired, or sore in the back, jump into bed on your side, prop yourselves with pillows and have a light snooze whilst feeding (just don't squash baby).
If you are lucky enough to be able to express fairly easy, then do that too.

Cecelia - posted on 07/01/2010

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Drink as much water as possible and pump on one boob while you are feeding on the other side...Helps out a lot!

If you work try to pump every 4 hours, drink lots of water 3 to 4 big cups of water way before pumping time. This will help you keep up wiht baby and the flow will keep on coming. Pump before work, on lunch and after work before you get the kids. Drink lots of water, milks okay and try to stay away from juice, soda and tea (unless you drink lots of tea). I had hard time expressing with tea for some reason. Hope this helps out.

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It's true, but the "drink milk" thing, is just for you to make up for the calcium you use from your body to produce milk (if your intake of calcium is too low, your body will take it from your bones and teeth, so your baby will still get the amount s/he needs)

Felicia - posted on 06/28/2010

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Fenugreek works wonders, however, the one thing I found with it is if you don't pump often along with breastfeeding, you will get clogged/plugged ducts. My milk supply increased in about a week, however, I couldn't keep my breast drained and they clogged. I would def. check to make sure your supply is low with you lactation consultant.

Lydia - posted on 06/28/2010

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fennel tea - few times a day for a few days increases milk production. works wonders. once the milk production increased you should stop drinking the tea, otherwise it won't have an effect anymore. also i massaged my breasts in the shower. of course drinking lots, they say about one liter per day more than normal.

Cynthia - posted on 06/27/2010

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I was also told to eat well, drink plenty of fluids, get a decent amount of rest, and to massage the milk forward before feedings.

Cynthia - posted on 06/27/2010

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I recently called a lactation consultant who works at the hospital were I had my children because I had questions about low milk supply. I thought my milk was about to dry and she said to pump after feeding to make sure that I had completely emptied the milk ducts, this allows for new milk to come in. She told me to do this as many times as I feed the baby everyday. Ive only been trying it for 3 days and so far it has worked very well. My milk supply did not dry up and it is increasing little by little and I am storing a good supply away already.

Beth - posted on 06/27/2010

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my lactation consultant put me on Fenugreek(you can find it at GNC) and it worked she said it is a working moms best friend due to having to pump take 4 times per day you can take it on and off or constantly and you will smell like pancakes ( the sent of the herb)... good luck

Marie - posted on 06/26/2010

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I have heard oatmeal works great. I love the steel cut kind myself and raw almonds.

Kodi - posted on 06/26/2010

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nurse often, drink lots of water, go topless! , yes topless, rest, oatmeal i hear works well too

Katharine - posted on 06/26/2010

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lots and lots of water and low stress ( i know that part is hard!) i am in school and still reastfeeding my 9 monh ld and i noticed when i have an overload of work and tests i don't produce as much milk. its hard, but i try some relaxation techniques that calm my body down that help...i haven't tried any herbs but am interested in fenugreek, it seems to be the most consistent answer...

Anna - posted on 06/25/2010

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I've heard that if you have a certain time that you always pump. I pump right when I wake up. So by the time my baby wakes up I have already pumped. If you do it everyday at the same time your body will produce enough milk because it thinks your baby needs the milk at that time everyday.

Heather - posted on 06/25/2010

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Mother's Milk tea..I lost my supply after 9 months of breast feeding I drank the tea on a friday and by Monday I was back with FULL force! It's works great! I drank like iced tea and all day long I continued to try to nurse even though the milk was gone. Works great! At one year we are still nursing!

Natalie - posted on 06/24/2010

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drink plenty of water and sustagen!!! it helped me for a while...
also dont use a dummy... thats where i went wrong... as soon as i used one my supply dropped...
if you are... then bring out the breast pump and pump in between feeds and before feeds and even after feeds... even if you arent getting anything out then keep going...
dont give up!
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Carmen - posted on 06/23/2010

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its all about supply and demand. The more you feed/expel the more you produce. Pumping after feedings has helped me.

Pamela - posted on 06/22/2010

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Nurse and then pump for ten min on each side. Take 800 mg Fenugreek that also helps increase milk supply. I took that 3 times a day for 2 days and then was a milk machine. If all else fails call a person from La Leche League or a Lactation Nurse from your local hospital they are a wealth of information. Also there is a medicine you can get from a doctor to help I belive it is called Reglan. I have had to do all of the above with my 6 th child he just would not nurse and then when it came time to stop he did not want to stop. Good Luck to all.

Resmi - posted on 06/22/2010

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first and foremost, donot get tensed. stay calm. drink lots of fluid. It is best if you drink diluted cow's milk every now n then u feel thirsty. this ensures your body has enough calcium as well as fluid to produce milk. concentrate on your kid feeding while you do it. breastfeed your kid frequently.always think of things that make u happy.

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They actually do have perscriptions you can get from a doctor that will boost your milk supply. Before you start worrying about increasing your milk supply be sure you actually have a low supply. Most women dont and taking something will only cause an oversupply of foremilk which isn't as nutritious. If your baby is gaining weight and has enough dirty diapers your are probably fine. If you can't pump very much that doesn't mean you dont have emough milk.

Aby - posted on 06/20/2010

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Hi, well I was in the same position. I found out drinking Monther's Milk tea really helped as well, using Fenugreek Capsules there are herbs that are sold at Whole foods. Drink plenty of water, and eat healthy. Best of luck =]

Angi - posted on 06/19/2010

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i have found that red river hot cereal is a far better milk booster than oatmeal, for me anyway, i think diffrent things work for diffrent people but i thought i would share with all you wonderful women!

Delayna - posted on 06/18/2010

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Nurse as much as possible, and even pump if baby doesn't nurse as often as possible.

Also, I tried taking fenugreek (3 capsules, 3 times per day). I don't know that it helped as much as some other mommies said, but it was worth a shot.

My doctor's nurse practitioner suggested that I drink a beer a day because the hops help supply. Well, when you're trying to pump/feed as often as possible, alcohol in your system is not a good thing. So, I started drinking non-alcoholic beer once per day. O'Douls is pretty good or even Coors Non-Alcoholic.

Best of luck to you! I know how frustrating it can be when you feel like you don't have enough milk and can't keep up with your baby. The trick is to not give up! You WILL have milk as long as you don't give up. When YOU stop, your milk stops....and little is better than none! :)

Melinda - posted on 06/17/2010

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I just started using the "Gaia Lactate Support" herbal supplement and I've noticed an increase in my pumping output in just 3 days. It has all of the herbs that I have seen other mothers suggest using in one capsule. I also have been drinking the Organic Mother's Milk tea. I was told by the woman at the herbal store that the tea helps with blocked ducts and flow, while the supplement helps build supply. I'm not sure how true that is, but it seems to be helping me.

Miranda - posted on 06/17/2010

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I tried all sorts of stuff - but the only thing I saw that made a direct and visible difference was drinking LOTS of water. My husband would set up 3 zeppelins in the morning and I had to finish them by the end of the day - that way I did not forget. Good luck.

Jecinter - posted on 06/17/2010

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I found motilium working very well for me and also frequent nursing helps. Basically the more she sucks the more is produced kinda like creating space in there for more to get in...so spontaneous nursing anytime. We call ours on-demand nursing!

Adin - posted on 06/17/2010

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Running low? Express, express, and nurse. Drink plenty of fluids and vwala! But don't wait! Get on it right away!

CRYSTAL - posted on 06/16/2010

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I TAKE fenugreek and mother's milk tea AND THE PILL THAT YOU CAN GET FROM THE DOC TO HELP AND I STILL GET 2 TO 3 OZ IF PUMPING NOT SURE IF MY PUMPS GETTING ALL THE MILK OUT OR NOT MY SON IS 6 MONTHS OLD

CRYSTAL - posted on 06/16/2010

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HI EVERYONE IM NEEDING SOME ADVICE MY SON STILL BREAST FEEDS I AM TAKING THE MOTHERS TEA AND ALSO TAKING THE WHITE LITTLE PILLS TO HELP PRODUCE MORE MILK AND IM STILL ONLY GETTING LIKE 2 TO 3 OUNCES IF I PUMP IS THIS GOOD OR BAD I NEED ADVICE THANKS

Erika - posted on 06/15/2010

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I have been back to work and I didn't really get a good supply set before I returned due to my sons refusal sometimes to take the breast so I would pump but it seems as though my pump doesn't empty my breasts enough and I try hand expressing following that but not much comes of it. every time Im with him I breast feed him unless for some reason he will not take the breast. Any tips advice that may help me establish a little more of a supply do to the lack of a supply I am like 50-50 with supplementing with formula and I would love to reduce that but not sure if its possible at this point but tips would be appreciated

Tanya - posted on 06/11/2010

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Lots of water 75% of your breast-milk is water.. that is why you feel dehydrated sometimes.. and feed on demand that makes you produce more because your telling your mind to produce more milk.

Tanya - posted on 06/11/2010

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lots of water! 75% of your breastmilk is water. that is why you sometimes feel

Kinsey - posted on 06/11/2010

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I've had good success with the Mother's Milk tea by Traditional Medicinals, (my Walmart & Target carry it) as well as staying hydrated. Also look becareful if your taking any allergy meds they seem to lessen my supply.

TIffany - posted on 06/09/2010

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I used to work for Vitamin World and I commonly had mothers come in for fenugreek and mother's milk tea by traditional medicinals. Both of which are commonly recommended by nurse mid wives and doctors to help improve milk production in mothers. Both are also safe for the baby too.

Cathy - posted on 06/09/2010

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I am a mom of a 31 gest. preemie. They gave her the bottle at 34 weeks because she would not latch. Kept pumping and pumping and it is hard work when they dont latch. Plus spent 34 days on magnesium and restricted liquids due to preeclampsia before I delivered. Now back to work and am having a tough time pumping and sleeping too. She is 8 weeks old now, and we are reaching my original due date and does not latch.....................

Emma - posted on 06/08/2010

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hi melissa kauffman ive tyred everything i can do but my milk is still realy low and i read that u can get sumthing frm over seas can u give more info please has i might be intrested

Tammy - posted on 06/03/2010

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I went to this website www.funnyduckfarms.com and they have some all natural milk booster teas and tinctures. Fabulous

Ena - posted on 06/02/2010

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NO KIDDING I AGREE I tried everything you are trying too and it's just sooo depressing. =0( I was taking all 9 of the fenugreek and the only thing that was good for with me was making my husband run the other way because i started to stink like it. IN ALL AREAS!

Ena - posted on 06/02/2010

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I really stunk from the fenugreek....it was coming out of my pores...it was gross. And it didnt do anything for me but may for others....I suppose I will have to start waking up in the middle of the night tostart making more. Im only making about an ounce both breasts each feeding =0(

Amber - posted on 06/02/2010

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I know it sounds crazy but after you've completed a feeding, drink a small glass of wine. Of course you will have to wait an hour after you've finshed drinking it before feeding again but this works like a charm for me.

Julie - posted on 06/02/2010

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i was told by my lactation consultant to nurse very often, the more the sucking the more the milk produces. i have found that very true, after cutting back a little bit! now i am trying to constantyl nurse. now i have to get up in the middle of the night to pump, that is the only negative part! lol

Erin - posted on 06/01/2010

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there are lots of suggestions to increase supply...

almonds, fenugreek, blessed thistle, mothers milk tea, fermented oatmeal, pump between feedings, drink lots of fluid, eat a balanced diet...i think the most successful way to increase supply is to nurse on demand, do not introduce bottles or pacifiers, or any other "false nipple" until supply is well established, also co-sleeping, wearing your baby, and skin to skin contact can help.

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2010

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I nurse whenever my baby wants it the only problem is having the time to pump the milk its tricky with me because my daughter wants milk all the time so. I just give it to her what i do is take warm showers so the milk wont get stuck and i drink lots of fluids and of course rest when I get a chance lol

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I was told to have some sort of protein with every meal and to have a nutritional suppliment which really helped.

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