Is there things I can do to boost my milk supply??

Nicole - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )




My baby boy is 3.5months old he is exclusively breast fed. He seems cranky and hungry alot more the last few weeks. My breast also feel empty all the time. I started pumping inbetween feeds and that has seemed to bring my production up but I dont want to have to do that everyday just so that I have the supply I need. Is there other ways to increase it or should I talk to my GP about maybe some meds that will increase it???


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Artemis - posted on 02/19/2016




Healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea is the wonderful home remedy that helped me increasing my low milk supply.

Lina - posted on 05/05/2009




I remember being told that drinking aveena fresca ( the drinkable oatmeal ) a few times a day help.

Juanita - posted on 05/05/2009




The more you breastfeed your baby and the more you drink water & milk the more milk you will have for your baby. I know that from breastfeeding my children. When I skip a feeding I noticed I didn't have as much milk to feed my baby. Sometimes just let the baby suck on your breasts a bit longer even if there is no milk, so there will be more milk for the next feeding. Also I was told from the Dr. if I had a 1 glass of wine for dinner right before the baby's feeding that my baby will be more relaxed during the night. It's when I went back to work when my baby was 6 mos. old and I wanted to continue with breastfeeding, I used a pump, but when my baby was 7 mos old, my milk just dried up.

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I think you're doing the right thing by breastfeeding exclusively and pumping between feeds - it is all supply and demand. That said, you're at the right time for your supply to level off a bit and for baby to have a growth spurt, so your supply might be just fine. I no longer get that "full" breast feeling like I did early on. As long as he's still having enough wet and dirty diapers, his nutritional needs are being met. In addition to the pumping, eating oatmeal and drinking lots and lots of water has worked for me. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 05/05/2009




Babies go through growth spurts at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. I used fenugreek the week of the growth spurt (my boys were always like clockwork) which helped my body to keep up with them until it could increase the supply on its own. I breast-fed my triplets for 14 months so it might work for you too. Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 05/05/2009




i had twins and took fenugreek as a tea. it worked awesome. results w/in 3 days for me. i also had a friend who took the pill form(which was a LOT of pills, i like the tea better) and nursed her triplets and still had to pump off the excess!!!

Debbie - posted on 05/05/2009




Pay attention to your diet and caloric intake. My girlfriend is going through something similiar and she checked her calories for a week and averaged about 1100 when she needed to be closer to 1800+. Also make sure that you are getting adequate fat in your diet. If you don't, it will decrease the calorie amount for your milk. Fenugreek works. Contact a lactation dept. There is a prescription med that you can take to that is harmless to the baby.

Pam - posted on 05/05/2009




I have heard that Oatmeal helps. I orginally didn't know this, but at one point is was all that I would eat, and noticed a serious increase in production

Cheryl - posted on 05/05/2009




What I would do is instead of pumping just breastfeed more often through the day, and you drink as much as you can and eat as much as you can, also for babys growth spurts and you will notice a big difference in a few days, your baby is doing it for you, just offer the breast a little more. If you stick with bf, after a few growth spurts you will be seeing the signs earlier and be able to prepare your body. Also a huge factor in milk production is stress, if anyone is stressing you out maybe just ignore them a few days.

good luck it is so worth the pain

Melissa - posted on 05/05/2009




Sometimes soy milk can help boost supply. Also there are teas with fenugreek, an herb that can increase milk production. Keep in mind that this is likely a growth spurt and his demands will decrease again as soon as it's over. Good luck to you!

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Drink Mother's Milk Tea (it's an herbal tea that my lactation consultant recommended). Most health food stores sell it and I also found it at a Safeway grocery store. It contains fenugreek in addition to some other herbs. I know it's time consuming, but keep pumping inbetween feedings. Good luck and hang in there. I had a very difficult time increasing my milk supply and know how frustrating it is. Your son is approaching 4 months and may also be ready for rice cereal soon.

Michelle - posted on 05/05/2009




Hi Nicole... I breastfed all five of my kids... my last child til 2....!

Try to give him some boiled water at times.... but supply meets demand love...

Put him on as often as you can stand..... if your nipples get sore... use a mexican hat for protection (ask a chemist) and remember... to keep your nipples DRY... leave them a little in the air to dry.... and express sojme hind milk and rub it around your nipples... It is healing... Use it for little scratches on bubby too.... It is medicinal...

Bubby may be having a growth spurt... the only way to increase supply is to latch him/her on....

Try to rest a lot for a whole day, drinks lots of water and relax...... Breastfeeding is also in the mind honey....

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Julia - posted on 05/05/2009




Here are a few ideas...

- Mothers Milk Herbal Tea

- Fenugreek

- Raspberry Leaf Tea

Make sure you are taking good quality prenatal vitmains. You need to be well nurished in order to produce breastmilk. Drink plenty of caffeine though. I hope this helps. Breastfeeding was so easy for me and I really admire poeple who stick with breastfeeding even when they are having some trouble. Good luck!

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I remember that the more you latch them on, the more your body will produce. Your body is producing what they need- and if he is hungry more- you may feel empty- but you will catch up to him and his needs. Also, drink as much water as possible.

Carolyn - posted on 05/05/2009




Hi Nicole I had a very hungry baby for 14 months and I manage to feed..I had rasberry leaf tablets and keep up with the breastfeeding supplements also you will laugh but I had a glass of stout with with teaspoon of sugar and raw egg mixed in with it ..taste like hell but manage to do the trick, my boy would feed excessfully at night every 4-6 weeks when he was trying to increase my supply. A lactating consultant is very handy to have also. They help you understand the whole concept of feeding and stages the little people go through...good luck and continue to eat healthy and lots of rest and sleep when you can x

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