suggestions for increasing milk supply?

Abby - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




I am trying to feed and pump as much as I can as well as drink as much water as I am able...any other suggestions? Thanks!


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Rachelle - posted on 05/07/2009




How old is your baby? How often are you feeding her? You should be nursing her every two to three hours tops if she is less than four months. If you don't like the beer idea, you can take brewers yeast, a herbal suppliment avialable in the vitamin isle. I would suggest buying the tablets that you swallow and not the powder. The yeast in it will do the same as a beer without the booze! Hope this helps.

Jenny - posted on 05/07/2009




Also try to increase skin to skin contact and co-sleep/nap nurse to increase supply. Both are great ways to get you to relax as well to get whatever milk you do have to flow. Something else I want to throw out there is, how do you know you have low supply? What is happening with baby to make you think that?

Leah Van - posted on 05/06/2009




i was also told about the one beer thing, it does work so that's a great idea to try! Also, to increase my supply, the lactation specialist I was seeing suggested to pump for 15 min. after a feeding for 8 of the feedings each day...that was the first couple weeks and although it was time consuming, it worked and my daughter is now 7 mo. and I'm still breastfeeding, so I guess it will depend on how devoted and patient you want to be through it all. Also, when i was pumping, my husband was told to feed her the stuff I pumped the time before to get her tummy used to more food. Hope this is helpful

Christi - posted on 05/06/2009




so I just recived an email about Reglan and how the side effects are so bad It worked for me but does have side effect after reading the e-mail I would never recomend it sorry!

Gretchen - posted on 05/01/2009




Fenugreek (3 capsules 3 times/day), relaxation, hops (dark beer), double stimulation (pump while nursing or double pump), exercise, good sleep (hard, I know but fatigue REALLY plays a role in milk production), emptying your breasts completely at each feeding/pumping session. Feed/pump AT LEAST 8 times per 24 hour (depending on how old your baby is). General guidelines for pumping: pump 10-15 minutes if double pumping, then pump 2 minutes beyond your last drop of milk. Hope these help!

Amber - posted on 05/01/2009




Quoting Danielle:

I know this sounds wrong especially while your breastfeeding but I was told by my grandma that they used to drink one can of beer a day for a week ...

Try to relax a little more, if you seem to be a little stressed. Stress can reduce/eliminate breast milk. Also talk with a lactation consultant if you haven't already.

When I was breast feeding, my lactation consultant told me "For every alcohol drink I have, I must wait two hours before breast feeding." two beers=4 hours of waiting/pumping and dumping.

Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2009




I used the fenugreek and mothers milk tea (got them from native sun), they worked well. but you have to take them three times a day for a couple weeks to see a big difference. I tried the beer thing once night for a week and it did the trick! even after having some medical issues which made me have to stop nursing for 10 days!

Casey - posted on 05/01/2009




I use the mothers milk tea as suggested above...I notice a difference. Also if your pumping it could be your pump. I had to get the hospital grade pump (medela) i am using he lactina and it has helped tremdously!!!

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I've been taking Fenugreek capsules. You can buy them from GNC or Rite Aid, other places too I'm sure. They do seem to help a bit. They increase my pumping sessions by about 1.5 to 2 ounces each time. Which definitely helps! I'm also trying to pump as close to 3 hour intervals at work as I can. My son is 5.5 months now and he's never had formula. I'm determined to keep it that way.

Christi - posted on 05/01/2009




I've heard eatting sweet potatoes helps, I drink allot of the mothers tea, but My Obgyn also gave me a prescription of reglan that helped in a day. good luck

Aileen - posted on 05/01/2009




switch feeding ...feed a little on one side then swap to next ..feed a little more then swap. midwife suggested it to me. it worked for me. I was pumping 4 times a day after feed to increase supply hard going though good luckX

Leslie - posted on 05/01/2009




What I did was eat as much oatmeal as i could. Homemade that is and with whole milk. I have also done the beer thing and it worked for me.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/01/2009




Other than trying to cram in as many pumping sessions as I could to increase my supply, the only other thing that worked for me was exercise...I don't know any medical reason why but after just 10-15 minutes of running around i could feel the rush of milk!

Danielle - posted on 04/30/2009




I know this sounds wrong especially while your breastfeeding but I was told by my grandma that they used to drink one can of beer a day for a week and the yeast in the beer actually helps increase your milk alot. I haven't tried it for a week but I did breast feed my daughter than put her to bed and drank a beer and by the time she woke up to eat the alcohol was out of my system but I did notice a increase of breastmilk that came in

Amy - posted on 04/30/2009




There are some herbal supplements that can help with increasing milk production, such as fenugreek, alfalfa, and anise. There's a fantastic hot tea by Traditional Medicinals called Mother's Milk, and it helps quite a bit. Also, I've read that drinking too much water can actually have the opposite effect!

Here are a couple of websites that really help:

They both have tons of info about breastfeeding. Good luck!

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