how to boost milk supply?

Brooke - posted on 08/22/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 week old son, I have been breast feeding from birth with a bit of trouble in the beginning involving a PPH so I had to comp feed in the first week. Now at 8 weeks he has started to be quite unsettled after a feed, after 30 mins or so of trying the breast he will happily drink a 100ml bottle.
I have medication to boost supply but that doesn't seem to be working, I have also been drinking water, eating oats, eating all through the day... nothing seems t be working.

I know there is a huge misconception of believing you have a low milk supply when you dont, but I really believe I do..

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Brooke - posted on 08/24/2011

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so I went and saw the Dr for my overdue 6 week check up.. I told him about everything and he said that he thinks my low milk supply is due to the PPH which in a matter of minutes I lost just over 2 litres of blood... so he has got me on 6 tablets of motilium a day.

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 08/23/2011

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I agree I disliked pumping...I only recommended it as something to try if other things weren't working. If you aren't able to get your supply up there is nothing wrong with supplementing with formula. I hope something works and if not at least there is always that option. Take care and good luck!

Krista - posted on 08/23/2011

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Fenugreek IS in the same family as peanuts and chickpeas, so yes, if you have a peanut allergy, it may not be the best option for you.

Personally, I found pumping to be a huge waste of time. It did nothing for me, and only stressed me out, because I was always either nursing, or pumping, or cleaning the frigging pump out. Plus, a lot of times, pumping isn't an indicator of your true supply anyway, because even the best pumps still can't replicate a suckling baby.

But your mileage may vary, of course...

Mimi - posted on 08/23/2011

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I actually started taking Fenugreek today. I'm going to take it for a few days to see how it goes. I was in the hospital for 4 days with no food/water due to 2 gallbladder surgeries and that really decreased my milk supply. I still pumped in the hospital as much as i could, but nothing really came out when i was in there, ever since I haven't had as much.

I've tried pumping like every 3-4 hours to increase supply and after a month nothing has worked. So my last resort is this Fenugreek. I've heard mixed things about it so I will report back. The only thing i'm worried about is the possibility of a peanut allergy-has anyone heard of this?

Brooke - posted on 08/22/2011

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I went an bought a hospital grade pump.. At first i could pump over a 100ml each side now its down to about 40ml.. I always use it and always have my son on the boob.. I dont comp feed very much.. only twice in the last couple of weeks. last night and this morning.. through the night he was constantly latched on then would pull off crying?? I had the same problem with my daughter at the same age and ended up putting her on formula.. this time I refuse to do that and want to try my absolute hardest to keep Noah on the breast but something needs to happen cause its not normal to have him starving after I have already fed him for so long..

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 08/22/2011

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Have you tried pumping to see how much milk you have? Also, if you do have a low supply you could pump after each time you feed your baby to try to stimulate your body to produce more. I would try to breastfeed your baby as often as possible to try to let your body know you need to produce more milk. (With my first baby I never seemed to have enough milk but with my second I had a ton...the main difference for me was I simply breastfed my second baby more and I supplemented more with my first baby).

For some more tips, please refer to this article - http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott... Good luck!

Krista - posted on 08/22/2011

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Have you tried Fenugreek? I tried nursing my son, but was BFAR (breastfeeding after a reduction), and so my supply was minimal. Taking the Fenugreek really increased my supply quite a bit. I still wasn't able to breastfeed exclusively, but I did notice a difference. Plus, it's just food, so it's very safe.

The only thing is that you and the baby will smell like pancakes. Fenugreek is used to make artificial maple flavouring, and the scent will start coming out of your pores. But if you don't mind your armpits smelling like an IHOP, it's a pretty effective way to increase your milk.

Here's some information on it, with links to other herbal ways to increase your milk:

http://www.lowmilksupply.org/fenugreek.s...

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