Milk production boosters???

Mary - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am concerned that my milk production is quite poor. Is there any certain foods that help produce more milk? My son eats every 2 hours and acts so hungary and every time he goes to eat and I have to supplement 4 oz. of formula every day (which I hate doing)...:( He is 4 mths old in a couple days and I feel like my production should be larger than what it is. Are there any helpful suggestions? I heard that giving formula to your child is like giving them a milkshake but if I am not producing I feel it is necassary

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Yoke Wean - posted on 06/11/2011

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The most effective booster I found is pump 8 times a day-pump the other side while breastfeeding, continue pumping for 10 more minutes after u see no more milk coming down , compression during breastfeeding n pumping to make sure u empty your breast , make sure your baby do transfer milk out effectively, good latch is very important. Visit drjacknewman.com , it has few very good video clips that teach us how to have a good latch n etc.

Amy - posted on 06/03/2011

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I started getting my period three months postpartum and i was exclusively bfing...this decreased my supply big time but i just ate oatmeal every morning and drank this tea by traditionalmedicinals called mothers milk. It helps support healthy lactation it has fenugreek and blessed thistle in it. I had so much milk on that ! Now my nugget is 21 months and still going strong on the breast! Hope everything works out good luck!

Shay - posted on 06/03/2011

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Hi I actually breast pump bc my baby girl doesnt latch well and im on the go alot about 2 weeks ago my breast milk was lower than it normally was, so i went in search of something to help me produce more milk and found a mineral called Fenugreek, it helps alot but the side effect is that it makes your skin and sweat smell like maple syrup. Even though it helped me you can always ask your doctor about it! Hope it works for you!

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Yoke Wean - posted on 06/11/2011

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To add on, u need about 2 weeks of pumping to establish a good supply of milk. Don't give up if u got very little at first.get a good hospital grade electric breastpump.

Heather - posted on 06/04/2011

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keep yourself hydrated and keep good nutrition with lots of raw fruits and veggies, eat anise, take fenugreek, nurse frequently, use a supplimentary nursing device when supplimenting with formula, try to pump between feeds, drink mommas milk tea or nursing mom tea, suppliment as little as possible. Good luck stay strong relax and things should get better :o) Also if you like oatmeal that is a great food to eat every morning to help with production :o) and your babe is prob getting plenty but sometimes when they are in growth spurts it does not feel like they are getting enough because they are constantly wanting to nurse. :o) i bet things are not quite as bad as you t hink....

Mary - posted on 06/03/2011

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Wow, thank you everyone for all the replies. Very helpful! And good news, I love oatmeal haha...

Holly Janelle - posted on 06/03/2011

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Eating oatmeal everyday, taking fenugreek (2 capsules 3x a day) and blessed thistle (2 capsules 3x a day) they are more potent when taken together. Drinking at least 8 oz glasses of water for every hour your awake AT THE LEAST. All of these things have helped me boost my supply immensely!



Here is the website from where I get the fenugreek and blessed thistle from and they are very fast in getting it mailed to you and very affordable. You will need two bottles of each for 1 month:

fenugreek: http://www.lactationconnection.com/Searc...

blessed thistle:

http://www.lactationconnection.com/Searc...



I hope this helps!! Good luck :)) XX

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Mary, babies who are fussy after a breastfeed are not necessarily hungry. Many mums assume this is the case. He might be just - fussy. he might be uncomfortable. maybe he has a tooth coming through. perhaps your milk flows very quickly and you have, in fact, an oversupply.

The best way to check that he's getting enough is to count nappies - if he's having 6-8 very wet nappies per day, he's getting enough.

This link from Kellymom gives you some information about what to look for if a fast letdown is the problem:'http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html
It also gives suggestions as to how to cope with the situation.

If this is not the case, perhaps he just needs comforting and relaxing. Do check for other causes of fussiness. Hunger is not always the cause.

All the best.

Topping up with formula is almost inevitably going to decrease your own milk production.

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Is there a reason for thinking you don't have enough milk other than the fact he nurses every 2 hours and acts hungry? Because that's totally normal.

Mary - posted on 06/02/2011

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Thank you Sarah! I forgot to mention, I am lactose intolerant so I can't have much dairy, maybe that is the problem. I take prenatals and calcium vitamins every day. Also, I struggle getting enough protein just cause it costs so much for our budget. thank you for the advice:)

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2011

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I'm sure you are producing enough milk for your baby..Maybe he is just having a growth spurt... Nursing alone requires about an extra 500 calories each day on top of what you would normally need to eat. You need foods high in calcium, iron and protein. Eat 3 healthy meals per day and regular snack such as yogurt, cheese and fruit throughout the day. Avoid junk food.

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