Low Milk Supply Tips
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Natasha - posted on 04/29/2012
This tea made me produce so much milk within 12 hours, I was overly engorged and had to submerge by breast in warm water and hand express my milk out. It was painful. But it worked.
My local health food store carried it.
Kathy - posted on 08/21/2010
Frequesnt, on demand breastfeeding is the best way to increase your supply. Many mothers find that various supplements (fenugreek etc) help them, though I would suggest they must be taken in conjunction with frequent breastfeeding.
There have been no conclusive studies on the benefits of such galactogogues, benefits are usually anecdotal, but anything that helps you is good. I tried guinness - probably an old wives' tale, and I don't think it made any difference, but I love guinness!
Drugs such as domperidome (motilium), maxolon, pramin,reglan, and maxeran can have as a side-effect an increase in breast milk.I would suggest that, as with any drug, you discuss it with a health professional. Again, in my opinion, these should be taken in conjunction with frequent breastfeeding.
Nicky - posted on 08/18/2010
Try Milk Thistle capsuels. I had exactly the same problem and a friend suggested I try it. It worked! I have more than enough breast milk now :-) You can find them in the pharmacy or at healthfood stores. Hope this helps :-)
Alicia - posted on 08/18/2010
keep pumping and nursing as much as possible. If you dont own a pump contact your local health department and see if you can rent and electric one through wic. I just found out and my baby is six months old. I had low milk supply issues and tried everything. Even taking fenugreek capsuls they did work. Also try hand expressing your milk its hard at first but if you can get any milk out keeping doing it a few times a day. I hope some of these help you.
Kathy - posted on 08/14/2010
LInda, the reason it's recommended that breastfeeding mums eat a good diet is so they can be healthy and cope with the streeses of life with a baby. Mothers have been breastfeeding their babies for thousands of years, often in conditions of famine and extreme poverty. If you don't have a good diet, the mother misses out, not the baby.
Heather - posted on 08/14/2010
Mom's that suffer from low iron or anemia will struggle to make milk. You'll usually have symptoms of being tired and headaches. If you have those along with low milk supply, I would suggest to have your iron checked and eat some red meat. I've also hear that Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle can help the milk supply.
Arlea - posted on 08/11/2010
Last week i tried Fenugreek to increase for pumping and it increased my milk three fold, of course drink lots of water as well. Doseage i was taking 3 pills 3 times a day (they say if you do not take enough it will not work at all) Good luck!
Tessa - posted on 08/06/2010
Like the other moms, I recommend nursing as often as possible. When your breasts are emptied, your body receives the signal to make more milk.
Also, the amount and TYPE of fluid you drink can be a contributing factor. Personally, I notice when I drink more caffeine than usual, my supply seems to dwindle. I love a good iced latte, so I know it's hard. Nonetheless, I say stick to non-caffeinated beverages.
Last but not least, oatmeal really is a good supply booster. :-)
Cheri - posted on 08/06/2010
get a sling, put baby in it, latch & go! lol. Mother's milk tea, homemade old fashioned oat cookies, and 120 oz of fluids a day! :) Also, happier mom's have more milk! :) watch comedies! I try to watch stand up on netflix instant watch as much as possible! :) You watching funny stuff makes the whole house happier! :-D
Danielle - posted on 08/06/2010
I had a big problem with my milk in the beginning. My daughter was colic so I spent all of my time tending to her and not eating right. I had to remember to take the time to eat a meal when I needed to and not just grab a peice of fruit or granola bar. After I started eating right, I pumped twice a day for about a week and all was good. Plus it made it easier for when I started back to work I had alot frozen already (she wouldn't eat it...but it was less stressfull later nonetheless)
Leslie - posted on 08/04/2010
I have been breastfeeding my 10 month old and now I am in need of storing some milk....I dont produce enough for that though...my body only makes enough for her, which has been perfect up until now...I was reading the responses but was wondering if anyone had any tips for my situation. Thanks so much!!
Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2010
What has worked for me and my own little circle of moms is whole grain/multi grain (more multi than whole)! Cream of Wheat, multi grain cheerios, Trader Joes multi grain hot cereal etc... Anything that metabolizes fast and easy is a great milk producers for my friends and I.
Katrina - posted on 07/31/2010
Having the wrong size bra can cause milk supply issues. My SIL was noticing she was pumping less and less. One of her bras broke so she was wearing her sleeping bra until she could run out to get new ones in a couple days. She almost instantly began pumping tons more! When she went for new bras she was measured and she needed a bigger cup size. Her supply is back to where it was. Far too many ladies wear the wrong size bra and don't even know it.
Wendy - posted on 07/30/2010
when questioning milk supply keep in mind a few things. Newborns will nurse as often as every 20 min - 2 hours.
A newborns stomach is the size of a shooter marble at birth.On day 3 it has grown to the size of a ping pong ball. On day 10 it is usually the size of an extra large chicken egg. An adult should have the stomach the size of a softball.
It does not take much to fill up a baby when they are first born. There are many herbal remedies to increase milk supply. Research has also shown just holding your baby increases the production of oxytocin that increases the production of milk in mom.
Wendy - posted on 07/30/2010
In regards to drinking milk while breastfeeding and osteoperosis. Current research has shown that the longer you breastfeed the less likely you are to have osteoperosis as well as breast cancer later in life. The research shows that after a mom is done breastfeeding the calcium is returned to the bone mass, and then some. So breastfeeding actually increases the bone density. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer for your baby.
Maryke - posted on 07/28/2010
People who's breasfeeding should know, its works on a demand and supply method. The more your baby drinks (demands) the more your body will supply for you child! Drink lots of water / Tea / Weleda Black Thorne with Apple Juice! Try to stay away from caffeine and alchol.
Raquel - posted on 07/27/2010
Response to Michelle Pangrace:
the reason they say to drink lots of milk is because if you don't drink enough milk while breastfeeding, you will be more prone to have osteoporosis when you are older. This is because your breasts will need to pull calcium from where ever they can find it if you are not maintaining an adequate amount in your system to support your bones and your milk supply.
Pamela - posted on 07/14/2010
Something that worked for me aside from drinking lots of water and nursing more often was taking marshmallow pills. They are all natural ingredients and do not harm the baby. Now I have a high milk supply.
Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010
When I was having issues with low milk supply I started pumping once a day at night after my baby was asleep. That extra "feeding" increased my milk supply and it only took up 10 minutes of my day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy. If I haven't eaten very much then I have problems with my milk letting down.
Rachael - posted on 07/14/2010
when my son was born I was concerned about not having enough milk. Babies R Us sells and herbal tea called Milkies tea. It is a fennel based tea with thistle and other herbs in it as well. About 2 hours after my tea my breasts were extremely full. I was super uncomfortable until my son woke up from his nap.... I was full all day, and the tea tastes great. Not sure if there is science behind it, but it worked for me!
Andrea - posted on 07/13/2010
I have BF my son exclusively for the first 3 and half months. During the last few weeks I have had to mix the milk w/ formula..I am just not pumping enough !!! I have tried everything..(except fenugreek, which I am looking into now), mothers tea, which i CAN NOT drink ), pumping every 2 hrs, which isn't always possible, I eat oatmeal every morning, I only ... When I nurse him he is very satisfied and seems full. But I am pumping about 2oz and each pumping and he is drinking about 6-7oz at each feeding. HELP!!! I don't know what else to do !!!!
Marie - posted on 07/13/2010
I've been breastfeeding now for almost 5 months, and my supply fluctuates with my baby's growth spurts. So what I did was nurse him whenever he wanted and after he finished nursing, I would pump right after to drain the rest of the milk that was left in the breasts. That always increased my milk supply. But I was told after about the first 3-4 months, your milk supply becomes stable. So now I pump what he eats, no more no less. Also, hydrate and eat and snacking often helps keep it up.
Stephanie - posted on 07/12/2010
When my twins were between 3 and 4 months I noticed a decrease in my supply (which I read was common at that age). I started take Fenugreek (herbal pill) and drank some nasty anise tea and it seems to have picked up a bit, but the biggest help was getting back to not feeding them too often. I went back to ever 3 hours and that has really made a difference.
Jen - posted on 07/09/2010
Yogi Tea Mothers Milk helped me allot with my first child, there is also a Milk Maid Tea by a brand called Eath Mama, Angel Baby.
Somthing else I was suggested by my pediatrician is fenylgreek, which can be taken in pill form. It is an ingrediant that is in Curry. She suggested taking it in the low amount first, and increase as you need to, but you can end up stinking like curry.
Hope this helps! Dont forget to drink a TON of water, eat lots of snacks and enjoy that Skin to Skin contact!!
Lacey - posted on 07/09/2010
Nursing on demand, pumping more often (even if that means getting up in the middle of the night when your little one starts sleeping through the night), and drinking lots of water. You should take your weight and divide it by 2 (that is how many ounces you should drink minimally per day).
Racheal - posted on 07/09/2010
FREQUENT AND UNRESTRICTED. and get rid of that damn pacifire!! (if you have one) plus watch your baby not the clock, if baby just nursed 20 minutes ago and wants it then give him your breast, remember is not just for milk its for comfort and the more suckling the more milk is produced. PLUS..the best thing i can tell you is this than you make your own decision: milk supply is a supply and demand process! empty your breast fully and frequently equals more milk. dont switch after 20 minutes or whatever they tell you to do. offer ONE breast for him to eat on fully, and when finished on that side you can offer the other, if he doesn't eat on the other side completly just start with that side next, or if your supply is really low pump that side out till its empty then again start on that side...so on and so forth!..
Nicole - posted on 07/09/2010
Feed as often as the baby wants it.... Also I have learned to drink ALOT of water... These are 2 things that I have learned and I breastfeed my son til 12 months and I plan on doing the same with my daughter!
Natasha - posted on 07/09/2010
Try the supplement fenugreek! I started taking it when my son was 6 months because he was demanding more food even starting solids. He's 8 months old now and it's helped me out a lot! There are so many things women can do to increase their supply. I wish so many moms wouldn't give up breastfeeding so quickly!