i would like to nurse but my milk supply has drastically diminshed...i got really ill and lazy because formula is so easy...i would like to just be able to do it even half the time ...i'm thinking of fenugreek..any suggestions??

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Leslie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Fenugreek can help, but for some women Including myself, nursing more frequently and pumping between doesn't always restore the supply.  If you have tried these methods, but still not getting enough of an increase, contact Jack Newman at Sick Kids in Toronto, (just Google him)  He recommends a drug called Domperidone and will email a script.  It is a drug used for stomch upset, ulcers and digestive problems.  It also increases your milk, almost over night.  It took it while nursing two of my children. 



My lactation consultant said that some women for some reason have a drastic decrease that is not always fixable.  Sometimes due to stress, diet, hormones, or illness.



Certainly this is a last resort, but it does work, and I'm so gald that i had his help.  I also took Fenugreek (2 capsules 3X daily) , Blessed Thistle (2 capsules 2X daily) and a tea (but I can't remember what it was called).



 

Kacie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Dosage is 2 capsules 4 times a day.  You can increase it to 5 capsules 4 times a day.

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Sara - posted on 04/06/2016

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Healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea was a great help that boosted my supply. It's also safe due to preservative-free ingredients.

Tracey - posted on 02/25/2009

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Fenugreek WORKED FOR ME!!!!! I took 3 capsules 3 times a day and pumped at least twice a day along with all the regular feedings, it took about a week or so but it increased my milk suooly noticably, Just dont stop pumping!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2009

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My sister had this problem and she would feed 4 hourly but expressed at the 2 hour mark for 24 hours and was able to build up her milk supply. Her little man was 9pd 1 and was a very hungry little fella so this has worked for her.....now she is feeding very well and has breastmilk frozen if she ever needs to top him up at the night feeds.

Nichole - posted on 02/18/2009

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I only got to nurse for about 2 months. My supply dropped drastically too. I tried the herbal supplement More Milk Plus and it only worked for a couple days so my lactation consultant gave me a prescription and I used that but it had a lot of side affects that I couldn't handle like dizziness, nausea, and headaches. It also gave my baby diahrea so bad that she got a second degree burn from all the acid in it. I even tried pumping every couple of hours and within a week after it slowed down it was completely dried up. I did hear that one beer a day helps with the supply but I never tried that.

Marlene - posted on 02/18/2009

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Fenugreek works best when taken with Blessed Thistle.  Google "Dr. Jack Newman" for more info on increasing milk supply.  He is the north American medical expert on breastfeeding.

Marlene - posted on 02/18/2009

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Fenugreek works best when taken with Blessed Thistle.  Google "Dr. Jack Newman" for more info on increasing milk supply.  He is the north American medical expert on breastfeeding.

Alicia - posted on 02/18/2009

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My doctor gave me a presciption of Domperidone to increase my supply. Within 3-4 days I noticed a difference.

Michelle - posted on 02/18/2009

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First, how old is your baby?  I have heard all of the fenugreek, beer, reglan, etc, but the best way to increase milk supply on your own is to feed frequently and pump.  Some mothers can bring back their supply, others have trouble if it has been too long since you stopped breastfeeding regularly.  A good latch when you nurse every 2-3 hours for a couple of days should start to make changes in your supply.  For my first, I had to use Goat's Rue (increases the amount of milk ducts you have) along with Fenugreek.  I changed the Fenugreek to More Milk Plus and then to Domperidone ( all increase the milk supply)  along with the Goat's Rue and it seemed to work.  My supply decreased after 12 weeks from the stress of having to go back to work. 



 

Samn - posted on 02/17/2009

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Fenugreek worked for me.  I took the capsules.  I didn't try the tea but that may work too.  Even at 12 months, I tried going off Fenugreek and found that my milk supply went down.  Make sure you drinks lots of water all day long and lots of protein.  A lactation specialist told me that protein was important for keeping up the milk supply.   Best wishes.

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This might sound terrible, but drinking a good stout beer (like Guinness) helped me a lot when my milk supply was dwindling. I drank a bottle of it at night after my last pumping for the evening and the next morning I was brimming over. (You just need to give you body time to metabolize out the alcohol. So do formula feeding the night you drink it. By the morning time the milk should be fine.) I heard oatmeal is also a milk booster. Good luck!

Patty - posted on 02/17/2009

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The same thing happened to me.  I spoke with my pediatrician and a bunch of friends....all my friends seemed to take some type of herbal pill but my pediatrician advised me to stay away from herbal remedies....he advised me to pump every 2 hours or try feeding every 2 hours if you can't pump or don't have one.  It's frustrating at first because you won't see changes for about 24-48 hours.  You can supplement formula in the meantime...but after about 2 days of pumping faithfully or feeding ....BOOM....milk supply will double.  It happened to me 3 times...and everytime it works.  Good luck!



 

Christine - posted on 02/17/2009

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I've never taken fenugreek straight, but drink mothers milk tea when my supply seems to be on the lower end.  The tea has both fenugreek and blessed thistle in it.  It is all about supply and demand.  Try to cut out as much formula as you can, and just nurse, nurse, and nurse some more.  Keep up your nutrients with good healthy food, and drink lots of water.  Oatmeal and an ocassional dark beer are both good at boosting your supply as well.  Hang in there...it can be tough, but it is a fantastic gift for your baby.

Christine - posted on 02/17/2009

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I've never taken fenugreek straight, but drink mothers milk tea when my supply seems to be on the lower end.  The tea has both fenugreek and blessed thistle in it.  It is all about supply and demand.  Try to cut out as much formula as you can, and just nurse, nurse, and nurse some more.  Keep up your nutrients with good healthy food, and drink lots of water.  Oatmeal and an ocassional dark beer are both good at boosting your supply as well.  Hang in there...it can be tough, but it is a fantastic gift for your baby.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had a similar problem also the midwife said that my milk was not rich enough, like Angela I was eating  enough or drinking enough I had to drink almost 3 litres of fluid a day  and I nursed my son more frequently it was a rough little while but I kept at it and managed to get my milk supply back up. Pumping  and frequent feeds seem to work for the majority.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had a similar problem also the midwife said that my milk was not rich enough, like Angela I was eating  enough or drinking enough I had to drink almost 3 litres of fluid a day  and I nursed my son more frequently it was a rough little while but I kept at it and managed to get my milk supply back up. Pumping  and frequent feeds seem to work for the majority.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had a similar problem also the midwife said that my milk was not rich enough, like Angela I was eating  enough or drinking enough I had to drink almost 3 litres of fluid a day  and I nursed my son more frequently it was a rough little while but I kept at it and managed to get my milk supply back up. Pumping  and frequent feeds seem to work for the majority.

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had a similar problem also the midwife said that my milk was not rich enough, like Angela I was eating  enough or drinking enough I had to drink almost 3 litres of fluid a day  and I nursed my son more frequently it was a rough little while but I kept at it and managed to get my milk supply back up. Pumping  and frequent feeds seem to work for the majority.

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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i had the same problem with my daughter. i would nurse her and then she would have 4ozs of formula. this happened at around 6mons. when i took her in to see a lactation consultant she told me that she was nipple sucking. as soon as i made sure we were belly to belly and that she was getting right on the nipple we were ok again. it took about a day for my milk supply to catch up. our bodies are amazing.

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had this problem. I used Fenugreek, Mother's Milk tea and Mother's Milk capsuls. My doctor ended putting me on Reglan which did help some but left me with a dose of post partum depression. Everything I have read since then, links Reglan to depression. Pumping around the clock including in the middle of the night and frequent feedings is the best and safest way to go.

Emily - posted on 02/17/2009

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I have been taking Fenugreek since my baby was 2 weeks old (he's 8 weeks now), and have notice a drastic increase in my milk production. I swear by it! I had had a breast reduction 6 years ago, and it affected my ability to produce enough milk to satisfy his appetite. Once I started taking the supplements, I more than doubled the amount I was able to pump each session. I also notice my baby is more satisfied and nurses less often. Hope this helps!

Jamie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I used fenugreek and took 3 3 times a day. This is what they told me to do at the MS Breastfeeding Clinic. Also, you always want to nurse first then supplement with formula if your baby is still hungry. The more milk your baby drinks the more you will make.

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Taneeka:

i would like to nurse but my milk supply has drastically diminshed...i got really ill and lazy because formula is so easy...i would like to just be able to do it even half the time ...i'm thinking of fenugreek..any suggestions??



Fenugreek worked really well for me, and I'm also pumping too - helps stimulate the breasts to make more milk :)  Ask, also, if the hospital you gave birth in has a lactation nurse that you can go see - they can help you out considerably with increasing your milk supply.

Pauline - posted on 02/17/2009

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You can use fenugreek and many people find it is helpful.  The most important thing is to nurse.  Every feeding nurse first, both sides before offering formula and your supply will increase. 

Jane - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had the same problem in January when I got sick. Fenugreek made me increadibly naseaus and I threw it all up. I also hated having to take so many capsules per day. My lactation consultant told me to go to the doctor and ask for Domperidone. It worked fast and extremely well (along with the increased nursing/pumping schedule. If I gave a bottle I always feed her at the breast first for as long as she will nurse and only gave her the supplement if she was screaming because she'd drained the breast. Then I would pump after giving her the bottle. After a very tiring week the medication and the increased stimulation brought my milk back even more than it was before I got sick. It's great because I can pump now and save it whereas before I was only producing enough to statisfy her for the day (no extra). Good luck. It's very tiring and emotional to feel like you aren't producing enough.

Angela - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had trouble with my milk supply, too, but it was because I wasn't eating enough. I was trying too hard to drop my baby weight instead of making sure my body had enough nourishment for me AND my baby! If you're eating enough and drinking enough water but still not producing enough milk, try the fenugreek or some other herbs that worked for me -- marshmallow root and blessed thistle. Also try pumping after each feeding. The more you demand of your body the more it will produce. If all else fails, go see a lactation consultant and see if she will give you a prescription for a drug that will increase milk production. Good luck and keep trying -- nursing is hard work but SO worth it!

Malinda - posted on 02/17/2009

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The thing that helps in beer is the hops - so if you chose to try this make sure it is a *very* "hopy" beer (which is probably why Guiness was recommended). I personally hate beer so I never tried this.



Fenugreek really did not work for me, but again every woman is different. Definitely nurse and pump more often if you can.

I had success with Domperidone, but it can be difficult to come by. If you can't find it in your area and your LC/doctor approve that you try it you can get it from a website in New Zeland. This is illegal in some places, so it is possible that a shipment won't get through customs. I had no issues getting it, though of course I would never encourage anyone to do anything illegal....

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:

I used fenugreek and it maybe helped a little but I couldn't stand smelling like Maple Syrup all day. I also found for me that drinking -A- beer would help me and the lactation specialist told me that there was nothing wrong with having a beer. I've also been told that you can take metaclopramide and that can increase your supple but I never wanted to really get that extreme.



I was told the same thing about the beer from my lactation consultant but she said only Guiness.   I dont know why but that is her suggestion.  I couldnt do it though I cant stand the taste, lol.  I also forgot about the fact of the maple syrup smell that is so funny I started laughing when I read that such fond memories.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2009

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When I got sick 3x in a row with the flu, fenugreek brought my milk supply right back up there.

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2009

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i did a mix of fenugreek and pumping, and let me tell you it worked really well for me. I agree with giving less formula during that time also so baby will want to nurse more often. hope it works for ya!

Crystal - posted on 02/17/2009

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Take Fenugreek in combination with Blessed Thistle. You will need to take a lot of fenugreek. The blessed thistle, if you found a good brand, you probably need to take two or three, I don't remember if it's each day or each dose (three times a day) you can always start out and increase as you go along. Don't do the beer unless you really love it, you can take Brewer's Yeast in capsules instead. Get lots of rest, drink lots of water, and get plenty of protein.

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I used fenugreek and it maybe helped a little but I couldn't stand smelling like Maple Syrup all day. I also found for me that drinking -A- beer would help me and the lactation specialist told me that there was nothing wrong with having a beer. I've also been told that you can take metaclopramide and that can increase your supple but I never wanted to really get that extreme.

Melinda - posted on 02/17/2009

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Nurse more often (every 2 hours) or pump if the baby is not hungry at the time over 2-3 days and then go to every 3 hours you'll see your body will start to produce more milk. As it does reduce the amount of formula fed to the baby so that he/she is more likely to nurse from you. Fenugreek doesn't work for everyone it didn't help me. But staying on a regular routine of feeding and pumping worked well for me.

Kacie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I'm having the same problem right now.  I had been sick for over a week and my milk supply had diminshed.  I've started to pump at least one time a day and I try to feed him more frequently.  I also started to take fenugreek 4 times a day.  It seems to be helping.  I don't think I'm back to my normal yet, but it seemed to help.

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Fenugreek worked for me. Remember our bodys are amazing and will make what is needed in most cases, you may think it has diminished but the more you nurse the more you produce. I used Fenugreek to enlarge my supply because I was nursing twins and it really works if you need a jump start, I dont remember the doseage though. Good luck you will be fine and you are doing the best thing for your baby.

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