Low Milk Supply Tips

Chelseaszidik - 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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Nurse on demand. Nurse at night. Supplement with More Milk Plus or Mother's Milk Tea. Drink enough water. Rest & Relax.

Rebecca - posted on 02/26/2010

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Drink lots of water, watch your caffeine intake, try to reduce your stress level, try to get lots of rest and allow baby to nurse whenever they want too.

Mwrig133 - posted on 02/25/2010

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Drink litres of water, eat nutritious food, do a little less and slow down, feed often (on demand) and express between feeds to encourage more milk production. Try herb fenugrek (think that's the right spelling)

Jennipher - posted on 02/25/2010

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Pump often, place your child to nurse more frequently, drink more water, get funnel seed (I THINK!), vitamins, go to the natural store and read some of the milk formula's they have :)

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I have the same problem along with being a working mother. I get really frustrated at some of the advice I have been getting, most of it would apply to stay at home mothers that have full access to their infants. I can only get away 2 times a day at work that is if I am lucky. My son is on solids and unfortuantly I too have had to use formula. I just keep trying, drink lots of water and pray.

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I have the same problem along with being a working mother. I get really frustrated at some of the advice I have been getting, most of it would apply to stay at home mothers that have full access to their infants. I can only get away 2 times a day at work that is if I am lucky. My son is on solids and unfortuantly I too have had to use formula. I just keep trying, drink lots of water and pray.

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i know stress can affect your supply as well. when i had to go back to work, i was so stressed about leaving my little one that i was having problems producing enough milk. try to find something that helps you relax-maybe some soothing music, a little quiet time to meditate. that and lots of fluids can help.

Chani - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hey, I was looking down a few people and Andrea had mentioned dugs.. there is actually a few different medications that you can be perscribed to increase milk production. Its not for everyone but if it is something youd be interested in, just google breastmilk procucing Meds and a few differen ones should appear..I personally didnt wanna put anything not natural in my bidy while Bf but I encountered the same problem..I tried EVERYTHING except meds...What I found to work best, and at best I mean a little more milk, bc the other things that were reccomended did not work for me...I would get up in the morning, Make a cup of Mothers milk tea, make some oatmeal and Take 3 Fenugreek capsules.. Fenugreek is an herb that increases milk production which is also one of the main ingredients on the Mothersmilk tea... I know how frustrating it is when this happens but try this for a few weeks and see if you see a difference.. Best of luck to you



Ps... I was outtta work 5 days a week and I had my daughter at the boob non stop, This was the only food she had ofr the first 6 months of her life , and then I introduced food and continued tobf until she was 13months and It did nothing to increase it.. Not sure why..Hope something works for you!

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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make sure you are eating alot and healthy....and dont stress. plenty of water is good! good luck

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2010

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make sure you are eating alot and healthy....and dont stress. plenty of water is good! good luck

Jamie - posted on 02/22/2010

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Fenugreek...It is an herbal supplement that you can buy for like $8 at GNC. Everyone that I have talked to says that it really helps your milk supply. It is completely safe for your baby. The only side effect is that it makes your sweat and urine smell a little like maple syrup but who doesn't like smelling like pancakes?

Joanna - posted on 02/22/2010

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I've read that several of you have tried milk itself to increase your milk supply. I have to drink Lactaid, which is lactose free milk. I'm wondering if this will work too?

Virginia - posted on 02/21/2010

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When I faced this problem, I found that drinking more milk myself, eating oatmeal in the morning, drinking "Mother's Milk" tea (available in Target and health food stores) with honey or agave nectar, and taking nursing supplements (available in heath food stores) helped me. Also, pumping more often and for longer periods of time helped. I pumped for 1/2-hour every night after putting her down and after every feeding to stimulate more milk.

Joanna - posted on 02/21/2010

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I recently had the stomach flu and became extremely dehydrated. My milk supply took a big hit. It took several days, maybe even a week for me to recover. My fix was to drink tons of water, nurse more frequently, and pump in between feedings. Now, my milk supply is steady, and I get about 6 oz extra to store daily. I have never heard of fenegeek, but I will probably look into it.

Cyndi - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter is experiencing this problem. My granddaughter is just 10 days old, born full term, weighed 8# 11 oz at birth, but was in NICU & on anti-biotics for a week (& glucose IV for 5 days) because my daughter's amniotic fluid had a bacteria infection.



My daughter started pumping every 2-3 hours starting about 4 hours after birth. She was able to start breast feeding on day 5. (yes, granddaughter was given the colostrum via a small tube in her mouth while she was sucking on a pacifier.) There were great lactation nurses at the hospital and the baby's doctor is very pro-BF. He prescribed Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle, (which daughter has been taking religiously as well as drinking plenty of water & milk), and suggested supplementing 1 oz formula after feeding because granddaughter since granddaughter was losing weight after they quit the glucose IV.



When DD started pumping her colostrum, it didn't seem like very much to me. Nurses kept telling her she was doing great. She pumped after baby fed, and pumped about an hour after that.



When we got home from the hospital on Wed, DD was feeding on demand & pumping after feeding. On Friday, granddaughter was weighed and had lost almost 6 oz in 2 days. She is now BF granddaughter every 2 hours (even waking granddaughter to feed her) and pumping after BF. Granddaughter is now taking 2 oz of supplemental formula. I'm heading to the health food store tomorrow to get some Mother's Tea (or a combination of a few herbs to brew into a tea for her).



This is all strange for me. I BF my 3 children and had an ample supply for them. I only fed on demand, supplemented with water and never woke them to feed them. I keep telling her she is doing wonderfully and I am very proud of her tenacity. Many new mothers would have given up long ago. I've taken over her house work & cooking, allowing her to get plenty of sleep. She didn't have the best of diets when pregnant (her boyfriend grew up on fast foods and really doesn't like home cooked meals). Since I've been here, she's been eating hospital food and home cooked meals ... we raise our own meat/veggies and I brought a good supply with me so I could cook good meals for them .... her boyfriend generally grabs fast food before coming home from work, but my daughter is eating well.



I'm at a lost as to what to do. We'll try some herbal teas, & I'll stock them in homemade oatmeal granola ... even suggest a wine or beer (she doesn't like either of them, but might try it if it will help milk production.



Baby has her 2 week check up next week. I'll ask him about Domperidone ... reglen isn't even a consideration since depression & post-partum baby blues runs in the women of our family.



Someone mentioned PCOS. I looked this up and it might be what is affecting my daughter. She does have a hard time losing weight (even though she only gained less than 20 lb during pregnancy) and she rarely gets a period .... 3 - 4 have been a yearly average for her the last few years.



Any other suggestions would be greatly helpful.



Also ... I want to congratulate all you Moms that have or are BF your babies. It's God's perfect food for our children.

Jasmine - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hi I have a ebook recommendation that can be of some assistance to you. Unfortunately for me I did not know about this book while I was breastfeeding Abigail. I wish I had because the tearing out of hair i went through to travelling from the Community Clinic Nurse to Lactation Consultant to Pediatrician was i think in part contributing to the problem. I had heaps of pregnancy books but no bedside bible on breastfeeding that I could relax, go to bed with baby and confirm with myself that I was doing the right thing! Which this book will make you feel reasurred that you are a wonderful mother for giving b/feeding a crack of a go! So heres your link to a great resource.



http://87c64ihw-27uno0d6asb1p6t9b.hop.cl...



And my best advise is to not go to Clinic Visits too often where your babies weight is being compared to the Gantt Chart. This puts too much pressure on mums to keep their babies growing within a certain percentile sometimes only attainable by suplimenting with formula. This will not help your milk supply.



Sorry for the long winded post - but trust yourself and your maternal instincts!



Regards

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2010

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let the baby suck all the time it helped me when he not sucking play with ur nips and drink lots of water and dont stress

Kari - posted on 02/17/2010

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I had a low milk supply for a little while when he started sleeping through night. I found that Fenegreek...which is you can find at any GNC store works the best. They come in a capsule form and you take three, three times a day and you notice a big difference in 24 hrs! I swear by it and nuse it anytime i have a drop in my milk supply. You can use it as just a boost when you need it or you can take it throughout breastfeeding. You will notice a huge differnce when taking it.

Brianna - posted on 02/15/2010

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More nursing, more water, more rest, and more vitamins. Worked every time for me!

Alicia - posted on 02/15/2010

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I've recently tried Fenugreek which I got from the health food store. I have found it to help tremendously. Also it is critical to make sure you drink enough water each day.

Amanda - posted on 02/15/2010

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Fenugreek and blessed thistle. Lots and lots of skin to skin cuddle time and nursing on demand. Good hydration also helps.

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2010

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Fenugreek tabletsand mothers milk tea not expensive also oatmeal! I ve nursed 4 and am nursing my 5th. It works! good luck

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2010

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I have 5 children and nursed 4 and am nursing my 5th. He is 10 1/2 months. I also am a childcare provider so I can't always cut out stress or eat or nurse often enough so my milk supply went down. I would nurse and he would cry for more. I have been having oatmeal with "Mother's milk Tea" for breakfast and been taking Fenugreek tablets. You can get them at any GNC or vitamin store. They are not very expensive the tea was 5.99 and the tablets were 8.50. There is also liquid drops but they run like 20 bucks. It has only been a week and my milk is back and he doesn't cry for more after nursing anymore. I don't think the tea tastes bad but you can put honey in it to sweeten it if you like.

Johana - posted on 02/12/2010

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i have found drinking more milk and takimg 2 calcium pills a day feeding when she is ready and staying calm works best for me

Lisa - posted on 02/11/2010

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frequent feedings, beer (not just any alcohol, the darker the better), lots of water, and in my case because all of the above just wasn't good enough, a prescription for domperidone.

Michaelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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contact a good lactation consultant, mine was able to provide me with an herbal vitamin that increased my supply

Bridget - posted on 02/11/2010

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i use kellymom.com for resources like this, it suggestes fenugreek and ive also heard blssed thistle

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2010

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My left breast had mastitis around new years and the supply is less ever since. It's really hard to get it going again. My son gets really frustrated nursing on it because it doesn't have the high flow like righty does. I tried pumping after every feed on that one side but it doesn't seem to help only make the nipple hyper sensitive. I got some blessed thistle but haven't been on it long enough to see any difference plus it will / should work for both sides not just one. Any suggestions?

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I had to pump every hour on the dot,even if nothing comes out for 10 min. on each side.When I breasfed my son , and hour later pump again. I did it fo a week and now I am a cow.=) just make sure you have any good cream to keep applying on your breast cuz it will get tender.but remember no pain is that bad after labor pain =) Good luck

Christy - posted on 02/10/2010

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I had alot of results using Juice Plus. I know it doesn't affect the baby at all cuz its just whole food! i thought this was an amazing concept. 17 fruits and veggies in a capsule? It is so. It allowed me to have more milk supply and reading all the research it had on it it was helping both of us at the cellular level become more healthy! Just love it so I have to share. www.bodycravejuiceplus.com

Leia - posted on 02/10/2010

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lots of oatmeal! full meals, or heavier meals, plenty of milk it all works really well

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The main thing is frequent breastfeeding, the baby tells your body how much milk he/she needs. If you feel herbal remedies are helpful, that's great (though I must admit I'd rather spend my money on fresh fruit and put the fenugreek in my curries!)



I'd be extremely wary of taking extra drugs. Domperidone is not approved by the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/Safet...

It's approved for use in Australia, but I would certainly not be keen totry anything that's had a question mark over it, except in extreme, extreme circumstances.



Feed, feed and fed again!

Katie - posted on 02/09/2010

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pump after a feeding... it tricks your body into thinking ur baby took that much and next time u will produce every bit the baby drank plus what you were able to pump... it probly wont be much the first couple days but for me the third day i was pumping at least 3-5 oz after a full feeding... drink a lot of water!

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AS others have said, more frequent breastfeeding and expressing will certainly help. Many people find various herbs etc very beneficial, but I certainly wouldn't be adding any drugs into the mix, especially drugs such as domperidone, which isn't approved by the FDA (which is why you have to get it from overseas.)

User - posted on 02/07/2010

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If Domperidone is not available in the US... Maxeran (metoclopromide) is another drug we use in Canada that also works well... it's traditional use to treat reflux/nausea. Not as good as domperidone, but a good alternative.

Tiffany - posted on 02/05/2010

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My lactation advisor told me about "power pumping". This is for the working Moms out there. You pump until you feel the let down and then stop the pump for I think 5 minutes or so and then start again to trigger another "let down". It tricks your body into thinking that you are using more and supposedly helps to increase the supply. Also WATER, WATER, WATER! Be religious with pumping..etc, etc...

Jenna - posted on 02/05/2010

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beer??? drink a beer?? thought u werent supposed to drink alcohol while breastfeeding....???

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Oatmeal and Beer... I don't know why oatmeal boosts supply but it works and the hops in beer mimicks the female hormone that produce milk. Of course this doesn't mean we have the ability to get drunk and breast feed but one beer after nursing can help boost supply.

Bridget - posted on 02/03/2010

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Food, sleep and rest. Not the easiest things to get with a baby in the house so be demanding and get friends and family to help out. Fenugreek does help but it makes your sweat smell like curry :-(

Sara - posted on 02/02/2010

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Almonds. They help out with the milk supply quite a bit. i just recently had surgery which in turn my my supply low, so i ate a handfull of almonds a day and took vitamins (for me it 2 flinstones) and my milk supply picked up not as much as i would have like or was used to but enough to where my son gets all that he needs.

Saera - posted on 02/01/2010

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My public health nurse suggested I try domperidone - It is a medication that, as a side effect, increases your milk supply. Has worked so far for me and the pills don't make me feel tired or sick.

Camille - posted on 02/01/2010

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I am blessed enough to say that I have great milk supply. I pump about 3-4 hours after my sons morning feeding when I work, and pump 8-11 ounces at that time. Each woman's body is different on how much they can actually produce, but they say your body will make what your baby needs. My recommendation would be to drink plenty of water, not just fluids, and feed your baby on demand. Anytime they want to eat, let them! About 30-60 minutes after feeding, pump and save.

Angela - posted on 02/01/2010

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My lactation consultant told me to drink a 32 oz glass of water everytime my baby breastfeeds. Haven't quite kept up with that, but I've also been hearing a lot about oatmeal and dark beer. My baby girl is 4 months now, and we have had to supplement (formula) occasionally, but her pediatrician wanted her to for the extra vitamins, but never more than 4 oz a day. Also, hand expressing after pumping i've heard can be effective. I'm going to go home and try that because when I pump i might get 2 oz per side if i'm lucky. there's a video on hand expressing at leron-line.com go to clinical updates and scroll down to Breast Pumping. very informative!

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