Scared about milk supply

Taren - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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This is my 3rd. I've breastfed all three, however 1 & 2 didn't get enough milk from me I had to supplement. This one has very full diapers somedays and then the next day she has not so full diapers. She is 2 months she's happy, I'm just scared on those days when her diapers aren't very full that she's not getting enough. My husband said that everyday is different and she might not be as hungry on those days thus not eating as much. But he's a man and has never breastfed. So I just wanted advice.

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Helen - posted on 01/21/2009

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Babies have growth spurts and when they are having a growth spurt they feed furiously for a few days. They do this to build up the milk supply and then they will feed less again as your body is producing enough milk. If you are worried she isnt getting enough get her weighed at the clinic. I stopped feeding after a few weeks with my first as i didnt think he was getting enough its because i didnt know about growth spurts.

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Alvina - posted on 03/05/2017

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I was producing barely one oz of breast milk and was struggling to increase my stash. Tried fenugreek, Reglan and power pumping but nothing changed my output. A friend suggested a lactation tea called Healthy nursing tea that was a great help and I started producing enough to satisfy my child.

Nichole - posted on 01/21/2009

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i was afraid my little girl wasn't getting enough, however the dr & public health nurses assured me that as long as they are having (i think its at least 6 wet diapers a day) and bowel movements look normal. and she seems content & is still growing (as apposed to losing weight). you should be ok.

Kerri - posted on 01/21/2009

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The rule of thumb is if she's content and making enough dirty/wet diapers daily, then things are fine. It's so easy to lose perspective b/c you can't actually see what they're consuming. If you truly feel as though your supply is waning, you could also use fenugreek or blessed thistle; I have used them and noticed a difference in my supply when things were maybe a little on the low side (I work as a nurse and don't always get to pump as I "should", so if i'm working a few in a row, I sometimes feel "emptier" than if I'm home for a few in a row.). Check out Dr. Jack Newman's website and his book is also helpful for helping increase production other than by increasing demand.

Taren - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Helen:

Babies have growth spurts and when they are having a growth spurt they feed furiously for a few days. They do this to build up the milk supply and then they will feed less again as your body is producing enough milk. If you are worried she isnt getting enough get her weighed at the clinic. I stopped feeding after a few weeks with my first as i didnt think he was getting enough its because i didnt know about growth spurts.



This is very helpful, because a few days ago she was crazy feeding and had plenty of full diapers, and now she eats off one and has 1 full diaper and 2 small ones.  So I'm going to give it a few more days.  Thanks!



 

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I would suggest making it a point to keep a nursing journal that includes how often you are BFing, on which side and the number of wet diapers. They should be averaging about 6-8 wet a day. If you are worried about your supply, then you need to increase your demand. It's all about supply and demand. If you supplement, that is a feeding that is NOT being demanded of your body and your body will never produce it. Never. So you need to stay away from supplementing and when you need to increase your supply do so by increasing the demand on your body. You can do this by pumping in between nursing sessions if needed even. Also cluster feeding.
Best wishes!
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