How do you increase breast milk flow?

La'Vonne - posted on 08/25/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My sons 10mo old and currently I'm only able to produce 2oz if that per pumping. I work full time and take classes could this hav anything to do with it? Does anyone have any natural home remedys? Please help

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Charlie - posted on 08/26/2010

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Nicola i believe its called Maxolon my midwife advised it as my milk didn't come in for a week after birth .

Nicola - posted on 08/25/2010

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Hey, when my little boy was in the ICU I had to express. I didn't produce much so eventually the doctor prescribed what effectively were anti sickness tablet. I do know people who have just taken travel sickness pills. Hot flannel before and massage your boobs helps. Check with your GP first prob best. Obviously don't know your situation but rest, food and breastfeeding will get more milk flowing than a pump. It sounds like this may not be feasible though? The pump you can hire from the NHS are much harsher but do mean you get more milk. Hope things improve for you and congrats for pumping this long you should be proud of yourself.
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Charlie - posted on 08/25/2010

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The amount of milk that you can pump is not an accurate measure of your milk supply. A baby with a healthy suck milks your breast much more efficiently than any pump. Also, pumping is an acquired skill (different than nursing), and can be very dependent on the type of pump. Some women who have abundant milk supplies are unable to get any milk when they pump. In addition, it is very common and normal for pumping output to decrease over time.



OK, now on to things that can help increase your milk supply:



* Make sure that baby is nursing efficiently. This is the "remove more milk" part of increasing milk production. If milk is not effectively removed from the breast, then mom's milk supply decreases. If positioning and latch are "off" then baby is probably not transferring milk efficiently. A sleepy baby, use of nipple shields or various health or anatomical problems in baby can also interfere with baby's ability to transfer milk. For a baby who is not nursing efficiently, trying to adequately empty milk from the breast is like trying to empty a swimming pool through a drinking straw - it can take forever. Inefficient milk transfer can lead to baby not getting enough milk or needing to nurse almost constantly to get enough milk. If baby is not transferring milk well, then it is important for mom to express milk after and/or between nursings to maintain milk supply while the breastfeeding problems are being addressed.

* Nurse frequently, and for as long as your baby is actively nursing. Remember - you want to remove more milk from the breasts and do this frequently. If baby is having weight gain problems, aim to nurse at least every 1.5-2 hours during the day and at least every 3 hours at night.

* Take a nursing vacation. Take baby to bed with you for 2-3 days, and do nothing but nurse (frequently!) and rest (well, you can eat too!).

* Offer both sides at each feeding. Let baby finish the first side, then offer the second side.

* Switch nurse. Switch sides 3 or more times during each feeding, every time that baby falls asleep, switches to "comfort" sucking, or loses interest. Use each side at least twice per feeding. Use breast compression to keep baby feeding longer. For good instructions on how to do this, see Dr. Jack Newman's Protocol to manage breastmilk intake. This can be particularly helpful for sleepy or distractible babies.

* Avoid pacifiers and bottles. All of baby's sucking needs should be met at the breast (see above). If a temporary supplement is medically required, it can be given with a nursing supplementer or by spoon, cup or dropper (see Alternative Feeding Methods).

* Give baby only breastmilk. Avoid all solids, water, and formula if baby is younger than six months, and consider decreasing solids if baby is older. If you are using more than a few ounces of formula per day, wean from the supplements gradually to "challenge" your breasts to produce more milk.

* Take care of mom. Rest. Sleep when baby sleeps. Relax. Drink liquids to thirst (don't force liquids - drinking extra water does not increase supply), and eat a reasonably well-balanced diet.

* Consider pumping. Adding pumping sessions after or between nursing sessions can be very helpful - pumping is very important when baby is not nursing efficiently or frequently enough, and can speed things up in all situations. Your aim in pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to increase frequency of breast emptying. When pumping to increase milk supply, to ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. However, adding even a short pumping session (increasing frequency but perhaps not removing milk thoroughly) is helpful.

* Consider a galactagogue. A substance (herb, prescription medication, etc.) that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue.



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Bernice - posted on 02/19/2016

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Moms with low breast milk can produce more milk by drinking healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea. I had the issue of low milk and this tea did boost my supply.

Barb - posted on 08/26/2010

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now don't laugh but my mother was told to drink beer by her doctor. She swears it helped her. Only draw back is that my brother (the one that was breastfeed) loves beer...he's now 62.LOL Check with your doctor first

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