Increasing milk supply

Carri - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 44 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to increase my milk supply? I am taking fenugreek and I think it has helped some, but I am looking for any other ideas. Thanks!

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Kristie - posted on 10/09/2009

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Lots of water and pumping, even if it's just a little bit between feedings it will help when your baby is ready to eat. Plus you can save the milk for a baby sitter or when he/she starts eating rice or oatmeal. There's also a tea called "mothers milk" it doesn't taste very good, I'm not sure if that's what the fenugreek is, but it's suppose to help too.

Frances - posted on 10/09/2009

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Stout, my sister drank a glass when her supply dropped and had milk dripping from her that evening.

Tatiana - posted on 10/08/2009

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Everybody is different. Try to see a lactation consultant (if your OBGYN or pediatrician writes you a prescription your insurance might reimburse). I literally tried absolutely everything and still have to supplement with formula. I'm not really sure if the fenugreek, goats rue, mother's milk tea, the supplemental nutritional system (SNS), the excessive pumping or prescription for reglan ever really increased my milk production. I tried everything listed above under the advisement of a private lactation consultant over three sessions in a month. I know it can be hard. Just don't be hard on yourself if it dooesn't work the way you anticipated. Best of luck to you.

Frances - posted on 10/12/2009

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keep pumping...at the same time everyday. the more you pump the more your body will know it needs to make more...even if you do not pump much, do not be discouraged.it will kick in sooner or later. Also you need to be relaxed, that is very important. don't try to pump when someone is talking to you, especially about stressful things.. good luck!

Tatiana - posted on 10/09/2009

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Trish, unfortunately it is not as simple as supply and demand for many women. 

My daughter had 24 hour access and nursed constantly , with a proper latch, superived by lactation consultants and my body still did not supply enough milk to properly nourish my baby. I also drank copious amounts of water and pumped.  Although the general idea is the more the body epxresses the more it produces, every persons body is different and unfortunatley supply and demand in regards to milk supply is not always the case.



 



 



Quoting Trish:

I agree with Tammy for increasing, But I have to ask, "why are you trying to increase supply? Are you trying to get a good amount for storage?" It's all supply and demand. Your body will produce more as your baby needs it. I tandem nursed both my girls while I pregnant with my son..my girls are two years apart and my last was 13 months after 2nd. I nursed for 5 years straight through the three of them. Rule of thumb: the more you nurse/express, the more you will produce.





 

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Heather - posted on 04/16/2013

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My lo is 2 months old and my milk is pretty much gone, I have been trying to bring my supply back. I have tried fenugreek, more milk plus, blessed thistle, and mother's milk. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get it back for her, I don't want to quit. Plus I pump every 2 hrs when I get the chance.

Cindy - posted on 10/12/2009

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Well my experience with nursing was the more they nurse the more you produce. If my baby was sleeping a lot I would pump to relieve myself, and to keep producing the same amounts. Hope this can be of some help!

Samantha - posted on 10/12/2009

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Drink a ton of water. Try pumping right after feeding and in between feedings. I pump for about 20-30 min. every 2 hours during the day and 4 hours at night, BUT I have to pump more then nurse do to my daughters strict feeding needs.

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2009

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If you have a breast pump, pump often. The more you pump/nurse, the more milk you will produce.

Joey - posted on 10/10/2009

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I've been there! I heard that oatmeal once a day helps and it did for me, but other than that, pump and nurse like a maniac. Good luck!

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Hello and congratulations. I used 'Gaia Hebs' Liquid Phyto-Caps Fenugreek Seed with great success. Not all brands work the same, as I learned. Also eating yogurt or oatmeal is good to increase milk supply. Use a pump to stimulate milk as well as taking hot showers. Good luck and don't give up...

Maya - posted on 10/10/2009

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Wow! There was a lot of good info here from a lot of caring moms. I read every single one because I didn't want to repeat what was already said while I comment.

I do want to comment on a few things... I agree that for some people it is not as easy to expect supply and demand to work for you just because it is suppose to.

I would definitely stay away from Raglan. My doctor prescribed it for me, but with the crazy side effects I had read about before he prescribed it, I was feeling skeptical. Then my lactation consultant also advised that I not take the Raglan because it was very common to become depressed amongst other things and side effects for the baby too. It's been awhile, so I don't recall exactly what I read.

The best way to induce or increase lactation is not one thing, it's multiple things. Some of which others comments quite a bit on already, so I won't repeat all that. But you also need to be taking Motilium (domperidone) and Blessed Thistle in addition to the Fenugreek. You can ask your lactation consultant about this, mine said to definitely use the Motilium over Raglan if I could get it (which I already had). She said it was safer, worked better, but that it is hard to get. You have to buy it from a compound pharmacy or from another country (as I did), so it is not as easy to get a hold of as Raglan. I think I remember reading it is a pharmaceutical competition thing. I bought mine online from a pharmacy in New Zealand, but you could get it from Canada, Mexico or just about any other country. I did a ton of research before making my decision. If you'd like I can send you all the links so that you can read exactly how to increase your supply without spending the weeks I did looking for the information, I still have the pharmacy info too (I chose a pharmacy that was the cheapest).

I noticed that one person said that you need 1000 extra calories in a day while nursing, that may be true if one is 'extremely' thin/underweight. The average person needs about 300-500 more calories than they need pre-pregnacy. It's usually about the same that you needed during your last trimester of pregnancy. Here is a link about this, plus it's a great website for nursing moms and answers many questions:
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mo...

Hope this helps and is enlightening. You can increase your supply! Don't give up, it is so worth it. Please don't hesitate to contact me and I can e-mail you all of my research.

Sandi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Fresh peaches. A friend of mine was told that by her midwife - she had more milk than she knew what to do with. She wasn't storing it, but at first she just wasn't producing enough for the baby. After eating peaches - more than enough!!!

Gulcin - posted on 10/10/2009

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the esasiest way to increase brestmil supply is to breast on demand, that is whenever your baby demands it and forget about the time . Never check the clock and never try to express milk to see howmuch you have because every mother has just the right amount for her baby.
at 15 months stiil brestfeeding mum:)
some nice links:
http://www.lightlink.com/hilinda/Parenti...
http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html...
http://www.kellymom.com/

Ginny - posted on 10/09/2009

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frequent feedings, warm compresses prior to feedings. Reglan is an option that may increase milk supply. Mother's Milk tea ( taste horrible) but lots of people swear by it!

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2009

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I understand your question but I would also have some questions for you. (1) How long have you been nursing? (2) How long have you been feeling that you are short of milk? (3) How long have you been taking fenugreek?

My experience as a nursing mother of four children I can tell you that nature usually takes care of the supply and demand after a few days to a month. One can over produce or under produce but you need to be patient during this time to let nature catch up with the proper demand. According to what I have read about fenugreek it can increase your milk supply by 900%, I find that to be amazing and if you find it is ONLY helping a little bit then why take it at all. The bottom line here is stimulation will aide in production.

Tanya - posted on 10/09/2009

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You can go to your family doctor and they can prescribe you a prescription to help increase your milk supply.

Kerri - posted on 10/09/2009

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When I was breastfeeding my son I found certain foods helped out like Chicken and Noodles (I made homemade), oatmeal cookies and warm drinks like teas and spiced ciders. Hope that helps :-)

Nella-Maud - posted on 10/09/2009

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The best and surest way to increase your breast milk supply is to feed or pump more often. Try pumping 15 minutes on a dual pump every 2 hrs to increase supply. Make sure your drinking enough water and other healthy liquids. Its very important that your eating a well balanced and healthy diet and get the correct amount of calories everyday.

Shasta - posted on 10/09/2009

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Some homeopathic tips for increasing milk supply which really helped me was to drink Mother's Milk tea which is made by Traditional Medicinals. Whenever I feel like my milk is is getting low, I drink the tea a couple times a day and it seems to help. Other ideas which are hard for moms, is to make sure you get some rest and drink lot's of water.

Amber - posted on 10/09/2009

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Yes. There is a supplement called "More Milk Plus". I used it for a short while but it def increased my milk supply. My baby had to go off of breastmilk so that's why I stopped using it. It takes about 3-4 days to see the increase but I felt it was substantial. It contains fenugreek and some other stuff. Search it online and order from Amazon (better deal). Good luck!

Suzanne - posted on 10/09/2009

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You could try making some semolina porridge, just boil the semolina in milk add sugar and it is ready to eat. I have a 5 month old baby girl and this really helped

Maureen - posted on 10/09/2009

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I found that letting her stay latched and suckling even after she had emptied the breast helped to build my supply. My obgyn prescribed reglan for me. It worked but I had some unpleasant side effects. Also a beer a day will help. The middle of the night feedings, while tiresome, really helped too.

Ginnetta - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Carri,



I used to see and increase in my supply whenever I ate whole grains. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice. I have even heard that a little beer has helped some moms. Also drinking lots of water and milk helped keep my supply up. I sucessfully nursed my daughter exclusively until she was put on whole milk.

Richelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Carri:

Increasing milk supply

Does anyone have any ideas on how to increase my milk supply? I am taking fenugreek and I think it has helped some, but I am looking for any other ideas. Thanks!



The best way to increase your milk supply is water, keep yourself hydrated. Also drink a full glass of water about 15 min before nursing. Water not juice or soda

Vanessa - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi, I was told to eat almonds by my midwife - i ended up with more milk than I could deal with.

Rebecca - posted on 10/09/2009

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I found making sure that I ate good quality and regular meals, including plenty of protein and fluids helped with me. Good luck

Angela - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Carri,
There is a homeopathic supplement. Lactic something - I have forgotten the name but if you go to a Waleda pharmacy you can ask .....
Otherwise, expressing and feedings. The more baby drinks, the more you make .... the is 100% for sure. Good luck !

PAM - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Carri,
this is what worked for me: you need to drink at least 3 litres of fluids, take brewers yeast or alcohol free beer (because of the yeast). Additionally there are some teas, which aid in producing more milk (fennel). Hope that helped, good luck! Pam

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LOTS of good advice from all the moms!! Many breastfeeding moms feel that their baby isn't getting enough. As long as your baby is growing and having at least 1 poopy diaper a day and several wet ones you need not worry. You can try Mothers Milk Tea or brewers yeast instead of having a beer ;o)

Christine - posted on 10/08/2009

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Supply and demand is the key. I worked as a nurse in post-partum and learned a lot from the lactation specalists there. After having a hard time with my child not latching for three months and having to return to work after one month I had dwindling supply along with issues with mastitis. I learned that pumping with a hospital grade pump, Medela is best, after feeding on both sides if possible will help stimulate the supply. Other pumps don't stimulate, they just help keep the supply there. I also had to take Reglan, a prescription medication, to help with the supply. However there are always side effects of medications and I got slight depression from it. The fenugreek helped me little. Hope this helps!

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All the ideas above are great! I'm a breastfeeding mom of 4 kids...lol...I did the Fenugreek, which was awesome! And of course, it is supply & demand, so if you decided to pump in-between feedings, you need to do the 5-1 rule...pump for 5 minutes, stop for a minute, etc...a baby doesn't constantly suck, so neither should a pump. :o)

Rebecca - posted on 10/08/2009

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As you know, breastfeeding is based on supply and demand. The more you nurse, the more your body will make. So try to avoid supplementing. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating well. Call your OB/GYN and ask for Rx for Reglan (normally used to help with nausea and gastric emptying) but also works to increase milk supply.

Misty - posted on 10/08/2009

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I had that same problem with both of my daughters. Breast feeding is hard, its a science. What they failed to ell me BOTH times was to drink a lot of water, I mean a lot!

Edyta - posted on 10/08/2009

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MY grandmother use to tell me to drink tea with milk
for wahatever reason in old school poland that is what mother drank to increase their milk

Have no clue what else to tell you but form past advice from grandma she is always right
cant hurt to try

make yourself some hot tea and put milk in it

Lana - posted on 10/08/2009

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If you have a pump, use it! I used a professional grade hospital pump and I had more milk than I knew what to do with. ;)

Sevi - posted on 10/08/2009

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To increase milk supply increase both fluids and food intake and also put baby on to suck, the more they feed the more milk your body will produce. If baby is feeding constantly and you feel like your breast arent filling up just increase your calorie intake you need about 1000 more a day and plenty of water too. But yeah if you find that baby is feeding more than usual probably having a growth spurt my boy eats almost every hour and i know i have plenty of milk but hes 6 weeks old so i know it will pass he is just growing.

Charlene - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hops. It is an old Midwife secret. I used Hops tea or you could just drink one beer with lots of Hops (not Budweiser or American beer). I think darker beers have more hops.

Ruth - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hey Carri,

Apparently a combo of fenugreek and blessed thistle works best. But, a midwife friend of mine swears by homemade chicken soup. That and pumping helps apparently. Express a little after each feed, like 10 min. on each side. Good luck!

Trish - posted on 10/08/2009

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I agree with Tammy for increasing, But I have to ask, "why are you trying to increase supply? Are you trying to get a good amount for storage?" It's all supply and demand. Your body will produce more as your baby needs it. I tandem nursed both my girls while I pregnant with my son..my girls are two years apart and my last was 13 months after 2nd. I nursed for 5 years straight through the three of them. Rule of thumb: the more you nurse/express, the more you will produce.

Tammy - posted on 10/08/2009

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Try expressing in between feeds and after your baby has gone to bed at night, I expressed about 3 times a day on top of feeds. Make sure your baby is nursing frequently, at least every 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and that bub is draining your breast properly, cradle feeding and then football hold feeding worked for me. Massage your breasts alot. Drink plenty of water. Oatmeal and dried apricots also help. I also got a script for Domperidone to increase milk supply which helped alot. Continue taking fenugreek!

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