Produce more milk

Devin - posted on 03/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 months old and I have been breast feeding him. I breast feed my daughter till she was a year old and had no problems at all. For what ever reason I cannot seem to produce enough milk. I have tried the fenugreek tablets, I still take my prenatal vitamins, and I have tried pumping more. I have been under a lot more stress this go around. Could this be the reason that my milk supply has diminished? Does anyone have any suggestions to produce more milk?

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Michelle - posted on 03/20/2011

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B complex vitamins really help, too! I have been there with my first daughter, I know how frustrating it can be. I found that nursing her for fifteen minutes on each side and then pumping for ten increased my milk production. I would feed her the expressed milk as well. Also, increase the amount of water you are drinking. Hope this helps!

Jody - posted on 03/20/2011

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I guess my first question is, how do you know you are not producing enough?

And yes stress does affect your milk production. Is there anything other than stress that might be affecting your milk supply? certain foods etc can reduce our supply just like others can increase it.

Also, when are you pumping? pumping RIGHT after the baby feeds is the best way to increase production, I won't get into specific details here but if you need to know more then just let me know and I will explain the how's and why's :)



I found that fenugreek pills increased my milk a little but that a milk tea that contained fenugreek seeds and goats rue worked best, the only one I could find locally had a herb in it that I was sensitive to so I started making my own and it has worked great.

Not being stressed, eating well, drinking lots of water and taking your prenatal are very helpful. The links below talk about lots of other things that might help too. I also take a omega 3/6/9 pill with my liquid multivitamin since I know I don't get enough DHA from my diet.

Things like caffiene, cocoa, peppermint and many others tend to have a negative affect on many womens milk production,

I cut out the caffinated coffee but replaced it with hot chocolate and suddenly started having issues with supply, I stopped the hot chocolate and any chocolately snacks and taa daa lots of milk again. not saying no chocolate just saying keep to white or milk chocolate and not too much :)

http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/suppl...

http://www.babycenter.com/0_breast-milk-...

http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article...



and try kellymom.com too it's a great resource there :) If you are good with drinking tea I can give you my recipe for mothers milk tea if you cannot find a good commercial one :)



Good luck!!

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