Milk supply fading, What do I do??
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Debbie - posted on 01/26/2010
My milk supply started drying up when Abby was around 4 months. She is now 7 months old and I'm still nursing.
I'm not sure how much of the ingrediants you can get where you are. In South Africa it is readily available. I drank what we call Jungle Juice. It's made as follows:
45ml of Blackthorn Berry Elixir ( helps with the production of milk)
1 Sachet of Rehydrate (keeps you hydrated)
10 drops of Rescue remedy ( keeps you calm which is necessary for the production of oxytocin, the milk making hormone)
1 litre of either Apple, Grape or Berry fruit juice
2 litres water.
Drink this with in 24 hours of making it.
You'll soon feel like a dairy cow again :-)
Also, here in SA, my gynea prescribed Espiride tablets (sometimes also called Eglynol).
Milk stout also helps. It contains alot of Iron which is apparently necessary for milk production. You eventually get used to the taste. It's a dark type of beer similar to what the locals get served in an Irish pub. This was also suggested by my gynea.
I kept pumping after every feed, drank my jungle juice, Espiride tablets and the milk stout and my supply is once again what it was.
Good luck and just keep feeding on demand. I'm holding thumbs your supply increases.
Fiona-louise - posted on 02/04/2010
I was recommended Tigers Milk by my midwife, 2 pints of whole milk, 3 bananas, 2 brewers yeast tablets, mix in a blender an drink over the course of the day, do this 2 or 3 times a week in conjunction with the fenugreek an your baby will have more than enough!!! Keep up the good work!! XXX
Lisa - posted on 02/04/2010
Hi. I'm a RN who works with kids. On that note - I have had the doctors prescribe beer to increase the milk supply. I had a Mom who only made 2 oz every 4 hours and they started the beer- one 8 oz glass a day (preferably at night) - and she pumped 6 oz the following morning when I came back. A darker beer will work better but it has to do with the ingredients of the beer- yeast and hops I think. It does work if you want to try - if you're concerned about the alcohol then drink immediately after feeding - the alcohol leaves the system in about 2 hours for each 8 oz alcohol drank
Debbie - posted on 01/28/2010
why do you think your supply is dropping? it might just be that your body has regulate to what your baby needs? I got to a point that I never feel full any more nor do I feel a let donw by my daughter is always satisfied.
Best way to increase your supply is to breastfeed whenever the baby wants. Pumping is not nearly as efficient as your baby's sucking. You can try all the fenugreek and herbal remedies but they won't be as effective as frequent breastfeeding. Most of the remedies people suggest are possibly helpful because they contain lots of fruit and juice - probably just as easy to eat plenty of fruit and drink lots of liquids.
Naomi - posted on 01/26/2010
Breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. If the body thinks there is plenty of demand (this signal is sent from lots of sucking) then it will adjust by increasing the supply. So, the simplest way to increase your supply is to increase the amount of stimulation to the nipple, either by letting the baby feed and suck for as long as possible and as much as they want to. Or by using a breastpump. Try and freeze the milk that you get from the breastpump, it lasts for ages (months and months) and may come in handy down the track.
Shana - posted on 01/26/2010
I was told by the lactation consultant to drink non alcoholic beer three times a day, it's revolting but mere hours after drinking the first one I was already seeing an increase in milk, and I woke up the next morning dripping from both sides from being so full, which hadn't happened to me since my daughter was about a week old.
Alina - posted on 01/25/2010
you can get the fenugreek at most health food stores. it is not real expensive either. let them know you want the tablets and not the powder that you have to make into tea. when i first started thats what i accidentally did and it is a pain in the rump. the tablets are way easier. congrats on the increase already! let us know how it goes after the tablets get a few days to kick in. im rooting for you!
Ashlea - posted on 01/25/2010
I was told to eat old fashion oatmeal. So I gave it a try and for a week now I eat it every morning and I have seen and increase in my milk supply. For a couple of weeks I wasnt producing enough to keep my daughter satisfied and a friend told me about the oatmeal and it has made a big difference.
Alina - posted on 01/25/2010
there are tons of herbs you can try. fenugreek is one of the best. start with one tablet 3 times a day and if thats not enough try 2 tabs 3 times a day. you can up it to 3, 3 times a day. it works wonders. also dont just pump, do it after you feed the baby. that demands more so your body will make more. another thing i have learned along the way (i am currently pumping for my 6th baby who is in the nicu, so im a veteran breast feeder.) is drinking gatoraid or poweraid really seems to help with hydration and keeps the milk supply up. the better hydrated you are the better the supply. also, relax. if you are stressing about it then its not going to help. it will decrase if you are stressed about it. at your babies age you can give him other things to eat that will fill the gaps till yours comes in more the way you want it to. but it could just be a normal lull due to him wanting other foods now too. so relax. its ok. at 10 months babies start to want other food too. and its normal. you are doing great mommy! keep up the good work. you have fed him liquid gold for a good amount of time now.
Candice - posted on 01/25/2010
Mother's milk tea(available at grocery stores and organic food shops).Drink LOTS of water. Nurse on demand. Pump frequently.There also some herbs and supplements to increase supply,call your ped. to get in touch w/ a lactation nurse. Whatever you do keep nursing!
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