Does anyone have any advice about increasing your milk supply? I have currently been supplementing a lot of my 4 month olds feeds with formula as I have found it to be more convenient but noticed a dramatic decrease in my supply. I have started taking Fenugreek and been pumping when I can after she feeds. Maybe I am being impatient as I have only been doing it for a day. But was just wondering if anybody had any other suggestion.

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Amanda - posted on 12/26/2008

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Okay, I'm going to give an unpopular answer here, but it's my experience so here it goes. Some bodies do not work that way, the supply and demand thing just doesn't cut it. I tried and tried and tried, but with both of my kids, my milk supply dwindled massively after 3 months. I tried fenugreek, and reglan, and nothing worked. I pumped and pumped, and still the supply did not increase. I eventually went to every other feeding on formula, by about 9 months, and by 12 months was just having one feed first thing in the morning. With my daughter... my son was a whole different story. The first time I had to give him a bottle there was no going back... I pumped for a long time, but he was a greedy little sucker (pardon the pun) and was not going to put up with my slow boob when he could have a bottle.



By all means try every means necessary to keep on breastfeeding, I know that I did, but if in the end it doesn't work out for you, do not feel guilty, 4 months is a great job, and while I know that 6 months or 9 months or 12 months is better... healthy, well fed baby is what's best. My daughter basically starved for 3 months getting by on just the bare minimum that I was producing because I believed that it wasn't possible for a woman's breast to not meet the demand. Unfortunatly, our bodies aren't perfect, and some women's boobs just do stop producing the necessar amount. Hope this isn't your case. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/12/2009

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Don't supplement.  AT ALL.  If your baby is hungry, he/she will suck and suck and suck.  The more your baby sucks, the more milk your body will produce.  It's all supply and demand, so if you are supplementing, your body doesn't think there is a demand for your milk, and will slow down the production.  Be patient, ramping up supply can take a week until you meet your babies' needs.  But keep the baby on the booby!!!!  If your baby wants to nurse every hour, DO IT until your little one seems satisfied after feedings.  Don't worry, your body will catch up to your babies' needs quickly; you are not starving him/her.



 



If you continue supplementing, be prepared to stop breastfeeding.  It does NOT work.

User - posted on 01/07/2009

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DRINK lots of water and pump pump pump!  Demand equals supply!  Good luck.

Myndi - posted on 12/26/2008

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Ok, I'm breastfeeding stupid, so I don't know if this will work or not, but someone once told me to pump first, then nurse baby. The pump will pull out all your foremilk (the watery stuff), then baby will pull out the milk that is more filling and empty your breast more completely, thus telling your body that it needs to produce more milk.

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Your supply is directly related to how much your baby nurses. If you give her formula your supply will go down. The more you breastfeed the more milk you will have. Try to cut the formula to near zero to establish your milk supply at the level your baby needs. Some days it will feel, especially in the early months, that all you are doing is breastfeeding. Hang in there. It goes so fast, and it is so important for the baby that she get your milk. It is so good for her. My daughter is 16 months old now and I still breastfeed her for her nap and at bedtime. Good luck!

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User - posted on 01/24/2012

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My baby is 15days old and sucks like she hadn't had anything since she was born.sucks voraciously like she isn't satisfied.she sucks for 20mins and stops and then continues again.is she actually getting enough?

Laurie - posted on 01/12/2009

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I got pregnant again when my daughter was 5 months old, and my mild supply decreased. A few people had told me to eat a bowl of oatmeal everyday. It worked...and it's a lot cheaper than other supplements available.

Sanober - posted on 01/12/2009

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well..the more u feed, the more will be the supply is the rule of thumb. supplementing it wid formula will even decrease it more..take a cup of hot milk with honey.

User - posted on 01/07/2009

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DRINK lots of water and pump pump pump!  Demand equals supply!  Good luck.

User - posted on 01/07/2009

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DRINK lots of water and pump pump pump!  Demand equals supply!  Good luck.

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If you're pumping after feeding already, try double-pumping. Twice the milk in half the time, plus it dramatically increases your milk-producing hormone levels! Worked like a charm for me. And no added substances with unknown biological effects.

Dawn - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi. I am an older mum and my mild supply was never adequate so the doctor put me on a prescription called "Donperidone", or something close to that spelling. It works really well, but I still use formula as well. Good luck

Lori - posted on 12/31/2008

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I've eaten oatmeal once a day to help with it and noticed a real difference, however the best thing is to nurse ALL THE TIME!!! when you pump, do both breasts at the same time, it produced more of the hormone that stimulates milk. Also, www.kellymom.com is a good website all on nursing. I was sick and in teh hospital for 4 days and wasn't able to nurse/pump. I had a lactation consultant give me Reglan, it did help but made me very tired. Nursing is the best, skin to skin stimulates milk production the best!!!

Adina - posted on 12/31/2008

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Suppementing will NOT help. More frequent feedings for a little while will help. I nursed my babies on demand and my supply always increased accordingly. Adequate fluid intake will help too.

Janet - posted on 12/31/2008

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It's all about supply and demand, and the body adjusts to meet the baby's needs. The more you pump, the more your body will supply.

Claudine - posted on 12/31/2008

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I see this post all the time, these things work for me all the time, and these have helped others too....
Oatmeal (any kind) apparently it has the yeast in it which helps to produce milk, have a few bowls per day, it's good fiber for you too.
Mothers Milk tea, by Traditional Medicinals GNC carries this or you can order it from drugstore.com it says to drink 3-5 cups a day, but I find that 1-2 usually does the trick
Do not diet, this decreases your milk supply, you need to eat just enough to keep your body healthy while producing milk, otherwise your body will choose your health over the milk. Supplementing with formula decreases your supply because your baby is not eating as much from you, your body will only produce as much as you need (supply-and-demand)
Lastly, pump every two-four hours, if your body thinks it needs to produce that much milk it will increase your supply.

Vassi - posted on 12/31/2008

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I did the same thing with the Fenugreek and pumping and it took about a week...then I got engorged! HA..

Joanne - posted on 12/31/2008

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You must stop supplementing as it is a supply and demand thing.Your breasts willonly produce more milk if stimulated to do so and baby is best for that. I am a nurse who has worked with pregnant and new mothers for over 27 years. Also breastfed all my own children and know this will help.Please breastfeed for as long as you can the benefits are enormous!!!

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stop supplementing...at least for a while. your breasts HAVE to be stimulated to produce. if you keep supplementing, that's one more time they aren't being stimulated. it's supply and demand, and pumping will never be as efficient as your baby.

Charlene - posted on 12/31/2008

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feed feed feed, give the breast as often as you can and your body will naturally catch up

Lori - posted on 12/31/2008

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The more you pump, the more you'll produce...supply and demand. The fenugreek works great too. I think I took 2-3 capsuls 3-4 times per day. It makes you (and your milk) smell like maple...like a pancake! Anyway...you won't notice an increase right away, maybe after about a week of extra pumping and taking the fenugreek. Don't get caught in the formula supplement trap. Keep your baby at the breast or pump every two to three hours...it's worth it in the long run.

Erica - posted on 12/31/2008

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There's a prescription medication that you can get from your OBGYN called Reglan. My husband is an OBGYN, and he told me that it usually doesn't have side effects except for leaking breast milk.

Megan - posted on 12/31/2008

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I went back to work when my son was five weeks old and in order to keep up I have to pump while I was at work and then pump in between every feeding when I was at home with Marcus! Eventually I found it was too hard for me to keep up but if you are still at home you could def. pump nurse pump nurse and so on which will tell your body to produce more to keep up! Good luck!

Grace - posted on 12/31/2008

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One thing to remember is constantly drink fluids, and pump an hour or so after feeding as well. The supply and demand is the most important thing to remember. Ususally the 1st month you nurse your baby about every 2 hours to bring in your supply, if it drops go back to pumping inbetween feedings and increase fluids. Also with the holidays watch out eating too much sage, heard this can decrease milk. Hope things get better!

Michele - posted on 12/30/2008

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I took a herb called Blessed Thistle. It seemed to help. I also did extra pumping. I would nurse my baby, and would wait about 15 to 30 minutes and would try pumping. It took alot of patience and determination.

Melissa - posted on 12/30/2008

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i have heard there is something called reglan you might wanna look into it. but i agree w/ others its all about supply and demand. i breastfeed my first son and i noticed after 6months my supply went down. i tried pumping. even rented a hospital grade pump didnt find it helped very much. good liuck.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Its as simple as supply and demand. If you want to naturally increase the amount of your milk supply then you need to breast feed more. I used to breast feed more at night because it was easier. When I went out I would bottle feed. Don't feel pressured into producing more then what natural.

Noelle - posted on 12/26/2008

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Believe it or not Drinking beer can really help increase your milk supply! Good luck:)

Shakti - posted on 12/26/2008

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your boobs will only give what is used....if you decrease feedings, your milk flow will decrease....if baby feeds longer, you'll increase your milk.....drink lots of water

Antonia - posted on 12/26/2008

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have a glass of beer in the evening to up ur milk supply for the morning- always works for me, keep drinking plenty of water (not tea, fizzy drinks etc) and i also found ice cream helped my milk to flow :) ---- ah the pleasures of bf!!

User - posted on 12/25/2008

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Fenugreek is the way to go! You can get it at GNC. You take one to two pills a day. I only needed one. I only took it for a week. It's all I needed.

Ilhaam - posted on 12/25/2008

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Becky - posted on 12/24/2008

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Continue to pump and taking the fenugreek. Also try to add some mother's milk tea or better yet drink Red Raspberry leaf tea. Red raspberry is best as a leaf tea and not baged but both are going to help your body in producing. Remember to always stay hydrated too. If you aren't drinking enough water then your body can't make the milk you're asking it to. Then keep on pumping. I found that my pump just wasn't doing enough for my body to think I needed to produce so I had to switch to hand expressing (it does take longer but it gets the job done too). Good luck

User - posted on 12/24/2008

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Talk to your OB about putting you on Reglan. It's a drug that you use for 5-7 days and it's a miracle. I was on it twice with my son to increase my milk supply. Within about four days I was pumping almost twice as much. I was also a labor and delivery nurse and would highly reccomend it. I tried the Fenugreek and it did not work well for me but give it a shot too.

Rachel - posted on 12/24/2008

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keep up the fenugreek. it took 3 days for it to work for me, and when it did, wow did i get alot! also if you suppliment too much, it will go away no matter what you do. pumping helps, but having the baby there up against you helps with let down. if you can hold your baby for 20 mins before you pump that can help too. oh, and fenugreek doesnt work for everyone, if its not working after a week, try milk thistle.

Nancy - posted on 12/24/2008

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I breastfed twins and it took me a while before I had enough milk for both of them. You need to make sure you are eating enough calaries in a day, drinking lots of water and rest when you can. I also pumped after every feed and kept the pump on my breast 5 minutes after I was empty. Hopes this helps.

Dawn - posted on 12/24/2008

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I had the same problem and wasn't producing enough. I supplemented with formula; however, my doctor gave me a prescription of a drug called "donperidone", (spelling)? that I have to take 4 times a day, but it works great and my milk supply has doubled. Maybe you should ask your doctor. Good luck

Kristin - posted on 12/23/2008

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I take Domperidone aka Motillium. It is not sold in the US, but you can easily buy it from an online pharmacy plus it is very inexpensive. It is used for resolving gas and very little is passed on to the baby. It works within a week. I take it for 3 days and then, I don't need it for a couple of weeks. However, I am currently weaning, so I have stopped it and I am trying to reduce my supply at this time.

Holly - posted on 12/23/2008

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Eating yogurt and drinking beer....I'm not a beer drinker, but I hear this really works! I've done the yogurt and that has helped me.

Amy - posted on 12/23/2008

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I agree with a lot of what other Moms are saying...fenugreek is good, unless you are anemic, it can cause problems with your iron levels. Also, my lactation consultant and OB told me that in order for the Mother's Milk tea to work, you would need to drink about a gallon a day...who has time time or the desire for that. The only thing that worked at all for me was pumping after everytime I nursed. My son only nursed for 4 weeks because my milk dried up and nothing was working. But pumping even for 10 min after he nursed helped at first. I tried Reglan, but it made me crazy...but i know others who it has been effective on. But know that if you cannot breastfeed, it is OK. The most important thing is your child's health. I felt like a failure not being able to breastfeed, but my son is 4 months old and extremely healthy. My Mom told me, "There are so many battles you will have to fight having a child...make sure you pick the right ones." Fighting the battle of breastfeeding wasn't one that I was able to fight. I am praying for you!

Kerri - posted on 12/23/2008

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Just keep going, but dont try to pump and supplement her with formula because pumping does not cause you to produce more, breast feeding only helps you to produce more, i learned that the hard way, talk to your doctor some women dont produce enough.. just make sure that girl is healthy. Good Luck!

Harriett - posted on 12/23/2008

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Actually, the more your baby nurses, the more milk you will produce. You are right that it won't happen overnight, give it a couple of days. Fenugreek helped me with my third child. There's also a tea called "Mother's Milk" tea that helps. I'm not a beer drinker, but supposedly, the yeast in beer helps with milk production. Hope this helps. Good Luck, breast-feeding is great for your baby.

Lynn - posted on 12/23/2008

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keep doing what you are doing if your aren't making enough then you do need to suplement my milk supply was next to nothing and I tryed everything I breast fed and pumped and tried all the herbal things you can think of my baby wasn't getting enough from just me no matter how much I breast fed and he was on me all the time he lost so much weight that he didn't even have the energy to suck any more so I had to supplement him and there is nothing wrong with that. If you really want to breast feed keep doing what you are doing and be patient but don't feel bad if it doesn't work not every one is lucky enough to be able to breast feed.

Allison - posted on 12/23/2008

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Both fenugreek and using the breastpump helped me increase my supply. I also learned a great trick from a lactation consultant in New Zealand. She suggested alternating breasts while feeding- right, left, right and left again. But yeah, anytime you don't feed her from your breasts, they adjust and stop making as much. Go with the boob, I say. It's easy (no sterilizing bottles) and cheap! Hope that all helps.

Maggie - posted on 12/23/2008

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I don't know how well that works but I've heard that if you eat black eyed peas it increases your milk supplies!

Claudine - posted on 12/23/2008

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I found that if you pump it also makes your milk less. The best way is to keep on breastfeeding and leave the supplementing. It will take about 3 - 5 days. Don't give up.

Mckenzie - posted on 12/23/2008

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BTW this is my 3rd day on fenugreek and it just started doing that today! but its amazing and i'm so excited!

Mckenzie - posted on 12/23/2008

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Fenugreek! It helped me, my daughter is 3 months and I was down 50 percent now my breast swell with milk again like they did in the begining and I produce more then she needs now so i can store it!

Claudine - posted on 12/23/2008

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The reason for the decrease in milk is because you started supplementing feeds. The more your baby drinks from you the more milk you will have. You must also remember to drink a lot of water while breastfeeding.

Heidi - posted on 12/23/2008

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I used fenugreek and it does take a bit for it to start helping. I started it when my daughter was a month old as she was in the hospital and I had to pump for a month and was unable to nurse her while she was in there. So it helped me to keep my milk in and to keep it rich, until I was able to nurse her again. I do know that if you use less formula and keep stimulating the breast it will produce more. God design a womens body to "know" the supply and demand of our children. So you could try that for a few days and see if it comes in more. Your little one might me cranking a bit but it will help you bringing it back in. That is what I did. Good Luck.

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2008

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I've had success with tinctures available at www.motherlove.com. More Milk Plus is a wonderful herbal tinctures, granted it tastes terrible. Also, Traditional Medicinals makes a tea for breastfeeding. If you like the taste of fennel then it's delicious.

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