How to get more breastmilk?

Uppa - posted on 11/28/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a four months old baby girl. I am little bit frustrated because i am not being able to produce enough milk for her. I am taking Fennugreek, Fennel, and Mullungay but still I get only like 4oz on my left and on the right one I hardly get 1oz. I will really appreciate if you guys can give me any suggestions.

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Dove - posted on 11/28/2012

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Is that in one pumping? Or all day? I'm assuming you are talking about pumping, otherwise you wouldn't know ounces... Baby is WAY more efficient at removing milk from your breasts than a pump. If you are talking about 4 ounces from one breast in one pumping... that is actually REALLY good (so I hear... never pumped).



If you need to pump for work or something... just keep pumping, but if you don't need to pump... let baby do all the work.



There is a good breastfeeding community on COM that can help you more. :)

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/29/2012

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Also, to add to Doves response which is right, the baby is more efficient at getting the breastmilk out than a pump, if she is going through a growth spurt she will be feeding more often. This does not mean you do not have an ample supply. This means she needs more so is feeding more often and in turn will bring up your milk supply.

Marian - posted on 11/29/2012

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If you can pump for a few minutes after baby nurses, try that. Then if baby is nursing every 4 hours, pump again at hour 2. The extra demand will trick your body into producing more. Couple tips, make sure that you are alternating which side baby starts nursing on, do the same for pumping. Make sure that baby is nursing at both sides during one nursing session. Make sure your calorie intake is high enough to feed both you and baby. And drink, drink, drink water. Keep your stress level low, that can affect your production. Get some sleep. Your body needs rest to produce more milk.

My best advice is don't over think it. If you have concerns consult a lactation specialist. You're doing a great job, keep up the good work.

Dawn - posted on 11/28/2012

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Just keep feeding and pumping as much as possible. The more you stimulate and use the breast, the more milk will produce.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/28/2012

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Well, here is one thing that worked for me. After she is in bed for the night, or during her nap, drink a guiness beer. You will notice an increase the next day. I cannot remember what is in it that does it, but man.....it works like magic. You don't need to pump your breasts after you drink. The alcohol in breastmilk is like the alcohol in your bloodstream. It is something like for every alcoholic drink you have, it is one hour before it leaves your system, including your breastmilk.

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