Increasing my milk supply

Dorah - posted on 02/24/2013 ( 19 moms have responded )

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What supplements can I take to produce more milk?

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Liz - posted on 02/25/2013

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Try fenugreek. You have to take quite a number of tablets in a day and your skin ends up smelling like maple syrup, but it did seem to work a little bit for me. You can also find Mother's Milk tea on the internet.

Finally, there is some medication that can stimulate milk production, but this is for very short term use only as there is a risk of permanent side effects if the medication is taken for a longer period. Most doctors will only prescribe it for lactation stimulation for a couple of months.

Vanessa - posted on 03/05/2013

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Just wanted to let you know I tried fenugreek quite a bit with my first baby. And this is how it affected me:
1. Yes, I definitely produced more milk.
2. It was much waterier.
3. My child didn't appear to be fuller afterwards
4. I decided to use it kick-start my milk supply then would quit the next day or two and that seemed to work best.
Happy Nursing!

Lissy - posted on 03/04/2013

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I'm a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, and I've breastfed all four of my kiddos! This is a very common question!! More than supplements, there are several things that you can do to increase your milk supply. I'm new to this board, but if there is a way for you to privately message me - I'd love to help you more.
My generic advice is Fenugreek (which was already stated) and Blessed Thistle which can help. In addition, eating oatmeal helps a lot of moms - but you can't go with the instant kind or it won't work.
This might be more info than you're looking for, but also remember to:
*feed on demand
*don't go for long periods of time without BFing or expressing
*If you pump to increase your supply - pump first THEN offer the breast
Good luck!! :)

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Susan - posted on 06/08/2017

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My supply was incredibly low and I tried a bunch of things to increase it. Finally, I got luck with Healthy nursing tea which doubled my output.

Brinda - posted on 03/12/2013

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Natures Way Liquid Chlorophyll. You can get it inexpensively at Vitacost.com. I noticed a difference in my milk supply within a day. You just add it to a glass of water. It tastes kinda minty. Not over powering.

Cindy - posted on 03/10/2013

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You should look for a lactation consultant. It would help if she was also a doctor or nurse so she could prescribe meds if necessary. My pediatrician is a lactation consultant. Also a lot of hospitals have lactation consultants on staff or an entire lactation department. You could call your local la leche league chapter for recommendations.

Julie - posted on 03/09/2013

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Reglin was what I was prescribed. It should be off the market now? Severe post partum side effects :(

Julie - posted on 03/09/2013

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Milk thistle tea, or "mothers milk" can be drank as a supplement . Also, one beer a night is an old remedy some doctors still recommend. Pumping in between feeds also stimulates more milk. I was prescribed meds by my MD however it has since been taken off the market due to the severe post-pardon side effects.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2013

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fenugreek tablets 3 x a day for 7 days. Increase water intake to 64 oz. per day, increase number of feedings per day, a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, increase skin to skin, practice kangaroo care

Luvette - posted on 03/09/2013

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I look at the Tia and Tamara show and they where introducing this tea in a flavor that is good tasting. I think they were going to name it "Milky"

Geraldine - posted on 03/08/2013

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Be very careful! I quickly got mastitis from taking fenugreek. Best of luck.

Cindy - posted on 03/08/2013

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Get what? You need a prescription for the domperidone and have to get it at a compounding pharmacy (there are some mail order ones). The supplemental nursing system is a pain to use but is a good way to avoid nipple confusion and still be able to breastfeed. You can get that at a lot of places that sell breast pumps (like hospitals or specialty stores). They are also on amazon - http://amzn.com/B002ZKSZ82

Cindy - posted on 03/07/2013

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I had a lot of luck this time around with Mother's Milk tea and drinking tons of water! With my first child, I had to take Domperidone because my supply was super low and wasn't getting better. It helped but just barely enough. Pumping after every feeding helps a lot too. Then you can feed baby the milk with a cup (after normal breastfeeding) or using a supplemental nursing system.

Leah - posted on 03/07/2013

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I started taking one wheatgrass shot a day from whole foods. You can buy it fresh or frozen. (I use the frozen to thaw each day) It is said that the chlorophyll in the wheatgrass builds enzymes that rejuvenate the reproductive and sex hormones (mammary glands included). I feel it's helped me produce more milk (I started leaking 3 days after I had taken one shot per day). Recently I started pumping so I could give my breasts/nipples a rest and involve my husband in the feeding process. A combination of pumping and the wheatgrass has lead me to have an abundant supply. Feeding on demand is also very important to maintain a healthy amount of breast milk. The more stimulation you have, the more milk the body will make.

Lissy - posted on 03/04/2013

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Domperidone and Reglin are the drugs. :) They're normally only used in extreme cases and/or adoption. :)

Poppy - posted on 02/25/2013

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am not sure if there are any supplement out there. the chines have these ginger tea.sorry cant remember the name. i suggest you drink 2 litter a day and try and be relaxed before you breastfeed. not stressing helps you feel good and in turn your happy hormone goes into the milk.even if its just a little bit coming out,at least the bonding time with your baby is irreplaceable

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