What to do while prego to make sure you will have nuff Milk

Dionne - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My first baby was premature and it seemed like I could not increase my supply of milk no matter what I tried and I felt I tried everything. I had to supplement with formula. For my second baby I want to know if there are things I am supposed to be doing during my pregnancy to make sure enough milk will be produced.

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Jessica - posted on 06/26/2010

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Buy a big ol water jug that's easy to fill, easy to drink from, which you should really have now anyway to keep that pesky cankle-causin swelling at bay :)

Nursing on demand right from the start (like I mean right after the start - delivery, count fingers and toes, nurse and recount fingers and toes) room in with baby, make sure you tell all the nurses that you will exclusively breastfeed.

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I think the best thing you could would be to go to breastfeeding classes, read up as much as you can about breastfeeding. We all know it's terrific stuff, but it's important to know how to do it.

Successful breastfeeding doesn't just happen. It's an art that has to be learned.
This is a great site:
http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/
And another one:
http://www.kellymom.com/
Go through these sites, explore the links - there's lots of great information.
Join a breastfeeding support group. Surround yourself with breastfeeding mums.

As Angie said, follow a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and when the baby arrives - feed as soon as possible and as often as possible.

Good luck!

Angie - posted on 06/22/2010

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There really isn't anything you can do aside from being sure to eat a well balanced healthy diet and staying well hydrated. The best way to insure an abundant milk supply is to nurse your baby early (as close to delivery as absolutely possibly) and often. If she sits on your breast nursing for many hours at a time that's ok those first few days, that's going to signal your body to keep making that milk.

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