Producing Milk

Jasmin - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I feel that I'm not producing enough milk for my 2 month old. I started out fine and with more then enough then just like i'm not anymore. How do I increase the milk flow?

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Jerita - posted on 06/12/2009

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is baby latching on? the more bub sucks on your breast the more milk he/she will produce also eating rich foods, drinking a cup of milo before and after breastfeeding these are a couple of things that worked for my first child again everyone is diffrent and alot of the time a bit of trial and error would do the job

Emily - posted on 06/12/2009

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There could be two things going on here at the same time. Your body by now has adjusted to producing milk so your breasts won't feel as full. Also, 2mo is a growth spurt time. Baby will eat more frequently and seem unsatisfied for up to a week. I felt this way at this point as well and was told that this is when many women give up nursing bc they start to supplement in fear that they are not producing enough. Just keep nursing and trust your body to do what it was meant to do. Think of all the living things that nurse their young. They don't do anything to increase their supply...it just works...nurse, nurse, nurse and you will have enough. That being said every time I worried about this with my twins I nursed every two hours for a few days and would see an increase in my supply.

Vicky - posted on 06/12/2009

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It may seem that with the initial engorged feeling gone that you first had when the milk came in, you aren't producing enough milk for your little one but like all the other mums pointed out, as long as your baby is gaining weight and having regular wet nappies, they're getting everything they need. Also, breastmilk increases or decreases according to supply and demand so if you feel that you don't have enough, try breastfeeding more often or if your baby isn't hungry, try pumping to increase your supply.

Another thing to check is that the baby is latched on correctly. If he/she is but you're not sure if milk is coming out, listen to your baby. There should be a gulping sound, much like the sound you make if you're drinking very quickly. If your baby seems to be making a lot of noisy suckling or constantly keeps trying to adjust the position of his mouth, he/she might not be latched on correctly and as a result, a lot of air goes in along with the little bit of milk and it may make for a rather gassy baby.

Marilyn - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree with the other mums, as long as your bubby is gaining weight and producing plenty of wet nappies then you are doing fine. I took fenugeek as well and it helped somewhat - however I was also prescribed motillium and it made me very ill so just be aware of the side effects if you choose to take this one. Your bub will get more and more efficient at feeding and will take less time as you go along. Mine is 7 months now and feeds for 5 minutes each side - I was certain she was not getting enough but she is gaining weight as she should be and the health nurse is perfectly happy with her. They are smart little things!!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2009

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If your baby is continuing to gain weight and is satisfied, you are producing enough milk. Keep in mind that babies will naturally cluster feed when they are going through growth spurts. At about 6 weeks, the initial engorged feeling that women get disappears, this does not mean you are having a decreased amount of milk supply, only that your body is regulating the production better. As long as your baby is nursing and gaining well, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Antoinette - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi Jasmine, are you eating and drinking enough? I know that makes a huge difference...you may even put on a little weight, I did, not everyone does though...I drink a lot of water and I eat plenty and I make sure I have snacks with me while I'm at work. I try to eat all the right foods, I splurge every now and then but not a whole lot because she will definetly let me know by being uncomfortable or fussy...and because I also work I pump 4 times a day, early in the morning before I get the day started and on both my 15 minute breaks and my 45 minute lunch and let me tell you I make at least 8-10 bags of milk a day...try checking your eating and drinking habits and see if that changes your production...

Antoinette - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi Jasmine, are you eating and drinking enough? I know that makes a huge difference...you may even put on a little weight, I did, not everyone does though...I drink a lot of water and I eat plenty and I make sure I have snacks with me while I'm at work. I try to eat all the right foods, I splurge every now and then but not a whole lot because she will definetly let me know by being uncomfortable or fussy...and because I also work I pump 4 times a day, early in the morning before I get the day started and on both my 15 minute breaks and my 45 minute lunch and let me tell you I make at least 8-10 bags of milk a day...try checking your eating and drinking habits and see if that changes your production...

Louise - posted on 06/11/2009

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You can take a herbal vitamin called fenugreek. You can also get medicine prescribed (travel sickness) tablets called motillium. Also if you feed three hourly it increases your milk supply. Drink plenty of water too. But honestly sometimes you feel like you are not producing enough milk but its just that the baby sucks better and it doesnt take as long. If the baby keeps putting on weight then you are doing fine.

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