milk supply is low..any suggestions?

Diana - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my son will be 3 months tomorrow and i started working last monday. since then I have noticed that my milk supply is decreasing. When I searched online for ways to increase my milk I read something about mothers milk tea. Has anyone tried this? Does it really work? Any other suggestions would be helpful too.

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Rita - posted on 02/08/2010

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Thanks Barbara...This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I really think breast milk is the best stuff on earth. I am BF my 3 rd baby, however the first was unsucessful, and I felt awful so the second one I was as determined as can be. Now my 3rd one, I was having a milk supply issue when he was young, but he just didnt nurse as much as my last one...but he is bigger. Go figure, he must be getting plenty, cause now he is ginormous! 7 months and 21 pounds!
Any way, you will definately need to pump at work, and companies have to allow you to do that. When I went bak, I pumped for 10 minutes, every 3 hours. I would bring a lunch bag or something to store it in at work, even though I am a nurse, my coworkers had an issue with looking at my breast milk in the fridge.....seriously women do this sort of thing to other women. I put the bottles in a lunch bag in the fridge, so no one would know...unless they looked.
To increase supply.....Increase demand. Oh, after baby is done nursing, if you pump for an additional 10 mins it is helping too.

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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Simple answer is to pump more. Your body makes milk on a supply/demand basis. But also keep in mind that the amount you pump is NOT necessarily equal to the amount of milk your baby gets. Babies are waaaaay better at getting milk out than a pump. So don't let your pump fool you. Nurse as much as you can while you're home, and pump as many times as you are able to at work. Some moms have to pump on the weekends too in order to get enough while they're at work. Sometimes I have to add more pumping sessions in in order to have enough at work.

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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All good advice. Visit Dr. Jack Newman's website. He's a breast feeding spcialist. Take Fenugreek and blessed Thistle 4 tabs each 4 times a day. YES! That's 32 tabs a day and your milk supply will not go away (2 side effects #1 - you'll smell sweet like maple syrup and #2 - you won't have any menstruation at all!). Dr. Newman has taught women how to feed their adopted babies so even going back to work - there's no reason to stop. DON t GIVE UP - it's worth it to keep going. Breastfeed as often as you can and pump while at work - - that's the best thing you can do! Take Care Amy RN

Louise - posted on 02/08/2010

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I agree with Rita...If you want your milk supply to increase, increase the amount of time nursing (or pumping). Your breasts are NEVER empty as long as you are nursing

Rita - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hello
Milk supply is decreasing as demand has decreased. If you pump for a full 10 minutes more frequently, drink tons of water...tons, and I took the fenugreek.
Just be warned.....it is derrived from the stuff that makes maple syrup, so you may smell sweet, like syrup...as a side effect. I did nto take much, and had an increase in my supply by 1 cap per day with pumping the breasts for a full 10 mins...even if you think they are empty, it signals the milk glands that there is more of a demand needed. You have to make your body think there is a hungry baby wanting more! LOL
Read up on the fenugreek, and the maple syrup. I never tried the other one.
Seriously....Pump, pump, pump as much as you can...and right after baby nurses too.It will come back, but you may have to continue the routine to keep the supply. Mine is seriously diminishing again, but my little guy is almost 8 months and really drinking alot less.mHe just may wean at 1 year....
Good luck to you.

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Alvina - posted on 12/23/2015

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I drank Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea during breastfeeding..It`s delicious and worked quickly;)

Diana - posted on 02/13/2010

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You guys were all so helpful...Thank You! I followed what each of you said and my supply is so much better now. I pump 3 times at work for an 8-hour day and nurse my son when i get home and all night. I'm going to hold off on the tea because i am actually making enough milk and have some stored in the freezer just in case.
Thank you all so much for your support. I too had a hard time with my daughter and stopped breastfeeding her at 3 months,i was crushed and felt like i wasn't taking good care of her. Thankfully, she is very healthy and really never gets sick(knock on wood). I want to nurse my son for as long as i possibly can,and with help and good advise from other moms,i feel i can really do that.
You guys are great..thank you again

Barbara - posted on 02/07/2010

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My mother lost a breast at 13 years so only had one to feed her babies. The doc encouraged her to drink beer and for her it worked aplenty because we were healthy well-fed babies. Pumping and fenugreek have worked well for friends of mine. And Rita is correct in that your body has to believe there is a need to stimulate its supply.

Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 02/07/2010

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You don't say how long you are leaving your baby for while you are at work or how many times you are feeding your baby while you are at home. There is nothing magical you can eat or drink that will increase milk supply, beyond making sure you have enough to eat and drink (now is not the time to diet). If you are leaving your baby for a full eight hour work day, you will need to feed before you go, pump at least once while you are away, and feed as soon as you get home. If you can keep your pumped milk in a fridge at work and take an insulated bag to transport it, you can bring your pumped milk home and leave it in the fridge for the sitter to give next day. You would need to feed your baby during the evening and night as well, and several times a day during non-work days if you are fully breastfeeding. If you are substituting formula while you are at work, it would be normal for your breast milk supply to decrease to match the decreased demand. It's also normal for breasts to feel less full while feeding an older baby, even though the supply is good, because the baby feeds more efficiently than a newborn and the breasts have adjusted to the baby's needs.

Jean - posted on 02/07/2010

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I Never had to pump much so don't have any big ideas for you. Just want to encourage you in your search and your wonderful mothering !!

Tara - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have heard that both mothers milk teas and fenugreek both have worked for some people. The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor or consult la leche leaguge breast feeding consultant or website. If for some reason your milk supply does not increse, you made it to three months and that is more than some do !!! :)

Cheryl - posted on 02/07/2010

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Beer, a small amount of beer wil lhelp, it has barley which will help with your milk.

Angela - posted on 02/07/2010

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Mother's milk works, and also Fenugreek. I had to use it when my BC turned out to cut my supply. The tea is more expensive, but fenugreek makes you reek of celery.

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