Breastfeeding milk production
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Sneaky - posted on 08/11/2010
Oh sigh . . i am going to get yelled at :o(
Beer. Particularity the dark stuff. But, of course, you can't drink it right before you feed! If you are comfortable with the idea, maybe try some right after you finish a feed so your body has time to process it before your next feed.
Nora - posted on 08/13/2010
I'm not sure about increasing milk, I have 2 month old twins and reckon I could feed another 2 babies, but I've always been told to avoid Coke as it will very quickly deplete your milk supply also any caffiene is said to do the same. needless to say I have'nt had any coke in the last couple of months, worth a try if you do drink coke STOP
Holly - posted on 08/12/2010
I thnk the drug is called dopermone (or some dirivetive like that. Your doctor has to perscribe it adn it works wonderfully. I had to pump with all 4 of my kids and whenever my supply would start to taper off I would take 3 and then 2 more (4 times a day I htink it was) and within 24 hours would have more than enough.
Mari - posted on 08/11/2010
hello I'm also nursing a 3 month baby and i totally recommend you to drink lots an lots of water I know is stressful at first because you probably don't get much milk but water will make you produce more milk and every 2 to 3 hours latch the baby to you that's a faster way to produce more milk. Honestly I hardly pump because when I'am going to breastfeed I latch the baby to me that is the best way too make your body use to, hot teas will also work go to a gmc store to get yest tablets , yest and all grains is another part in producing breastmilk. I will be going back to work and will be using now the breast pump and formula as well . Don't forget to eat healthy because breastfeeding takes all energy from you good luck.!
If you're not already doing this: BE A COW. Drink, rest, graze, nurse and repeat. You don't see cows getting worked up about politics, doing lots of housework, or going for jogs. Just - be a cow :) Picturing myself as a great big lazy black & white cow & trying to emulate one helps me a lot when my supply gets low. (PS If my suburban ideas about cows are mistaken - please don't anyone disillusion me!).
that is about it. There are a few teas out there that can help you can find them at just about any natures pantry type store. The doctor can prescribe a medication that will help, and just pump when you aren't breastfeeding. Like right before bed each night, or before you get out of bed in the morning. or a little after each breastfeeding session with your son.
good luck and god bless
Amy - posted on 08/11/2010
Here's what helped me, just this last week, actually! For at least 4 days, nurse every 2 1/2-3 hours, then offer 1-2 ounces of formula or breastmilk. Then pump for 10 minutes on each side, whether you get anything or not. It is incredibly time consuming, but it really works! Here's how it helped me: 2 Fridays ago, I left my son for a few hours while I went to work, and pumped while I was at work. I got 2 ounces - total! He's almost 6 months old, so 2 ounces is not enough! So the next Monday (just over a week ago) I started pumping after I nursed every time, and I nursed every 3 hours. I gave him 2 ounces of milk after I fed him each time, and he gulped it down. Thursday, I left him again for several hours, and pumped every 3 hours. Both times I pumped, I got 4 1/2 ounces. So in 6 days, my supply more than doubled. Also, when I started on Monday, after I had pumped like 5 or 6 times, at the end of the day, I only had 1/2 an ounce pumped. Friday when I pumped 5 or 6 times, I had 3 1/2 ounces. So this really does work.
You'll know your supply has increased because either your baby won't want the extra 1-2 ounces, or by the amount extra you pump. That's why you give the extra milk, so that if it seems like your supply hasn't increased because you're not pumping more, your baby won't want the extra. So you wouldn't be pumping more because your baby's eating it. But it's good idea to check every once and awhile by pumping and giving a bottle, just to see how much you've got.
Also, just pumping and nursing all the time isn't going to help. Feeding more often doesn't necessarily increase your supply, because most babies won't nurse if they're not getting anything. So they'll eat a little bit, but do it more frequently, so you're really not getting any more stimulation than you were if you were feeding less frequently.
Nellie - posted on 08/11/2010
There's a bunch of medicines you can take, such as mom's milk tea and some tablet thing that I forget the name of. They both work, but...they take a while to start working. I would recommend that you ask your doctor about domperidone mal. I take it and I noticed a huge difference after just several days. It's no miracle cure, I still have to use some formula, but way way less then what I had to before. It works a lot better then the tea or tablet. But it is a prescription so you do have to ask your doctor about it. Other things that help is make sure that you're eating regularly and healthy, drink plenty of fluids, get as much rest as you need. Oh, and if you're super stressed, your milk goes down. So try and not get stressed. Those are things that will help, but I know that it is extremely hard to find time for all those things. All you can do is eat the best you can, plenty of fluids, as much rest as you can manage, and try the prescription if you still need help.
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