MotherLove, More Milk Plus herbal tablets- Good, bad, indifferent ?

Victoria - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi Mummies,



I am a little concerned that my milk maybe drying up so I ordered some MotherLove, More Milk Plus herbal tablets and then freaked out when they arrived and haven't actually used them as I am scared they are bad for me, or that they will cause a reaction to my 11 week old Daughter, Willow.



Has anyone tried these ? Did they work ?



Many thanks



Oh before I go, does anyone know how you actually know if you milk is indeed drying up- what do I need to look for ? Willow seems to be tugging at my breasts and seems irritated. A week or so ago she used to have to pull away as my flow was too much for her and my milk would spurt all over her face (yes sorry abit graphic ), this doesn't appear to be happening at the moment !



Can you tell I am a first time Mum ? LOL



Many thanks Mummies xxx

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Hi Victoria, the best way to tell if your milk supply is adequate is:
6-8 wet nappies a day;
some pooey ones (even one a week, or one every 10 days is OK);
some weight gain, however tiny.

Babies can get fussy and irritated for a variety of reasons - a growth spurt? Feeling uncomfortable? Remember just as you're just getting used to being a new mum, Willow is just getting used to being in this strange new world instead of a nice comfy womb.

Breastfeeding is a supply and demand system - the more your baby demands (ie feeds) the more milk your body will make.She is the one who determines how much milk you make. She's regulating your supply for her needs alone.

As for the galactagogues (yes, there's a name for substances that are claimed to increase milk supply) Many women swear by them, although in many cases little research has been done to prove or disprove their efficiency. Here is a link from the Australian Breastfeeding Association!

Generally, frequent feeding and care with latching an positioning will ensure that the supply is adequate. If you choose to take one of the additives, it might be an idea to talk with your doctor.

All the best!
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/g...

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Hannah - posted on 05/14/2010

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I would get very full and spray my baby for the first couple months and I agree with the others that your milk is just regulating to what you baby needs! The more you feed the more milk you will make!

April - posted on 05/14/2010

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your body is now only producing what willow demands, most likely. this is what is meant by your supply being 'regulated'. it is totally normal!

Francine - posted on 05/13/2010

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I am in Australia and was noticing the "Mummies" instead of "Mommies". Is this an Australian product? My daughter is 8 months, and I am beggining to struggle to keep up the bottle a day that I pump for her to have at day-care. Plus at least once a month it is nice to get out for a day & be able to have some "me time". I like to leave her with Daddy for the day but for that she needs her bottle as well.

I REALLY don't want to have to supplement with formula. I am planning on feeding her until at least 18 months at the moment, so I am hoping to find a way to increase my supply. I drink plenty of water (minimum 2-3 litres a day) so water intake is not my issue :-)

Camille - posted on 05/13/2010

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Your milk is most likely starting to regulate itself. Your body will adjust to how much your baby needs. I know its hard, but try not to worry about it. Keep an eye on babies diapers to make sure she is peeing. There could be lots of reasons she is tugging at your breast. She could be trying to fight sleep, or get milk faster than it is coming. If she gets really irritated try switching breasts. Just make sure you are nursing lots to keep your supply up. I highly doubt you need to take anything. Also, how much milk you can pump has nothing to do with how much you are producing. Your body is smarter than you think and wont always allow you to pump out milk. Some moms (including myself) cannot pump even a drop of milk. Just keep up the good work and keep at it!

Lisbeth - posted on 05/13/2010

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So if you can pump three ounces you are fine. I suggest that you bf more often if it is a worrie as the more she feeds the more you will produce but it is normal not to have as much milk as in the beginning b/c your body is getting used to her and how much milk she needs. So don't worrie to much. I am a first time mom too but my daughter is now 19 months and we are still going at it. B4 you take anything talk to your doc.

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