What can I do to increase my milk supply?
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Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2009
How often is your baby nursing? The more he nurses the more milk your body will produce. I know my first month it seemed like I never had enough milk, slowly but gradually you will see an increase!
Something that worked for me is to have half a glass of beer, it brings in the milk!! The little bit of beer will have no effect on your baby ( for those who think its a bad idea)
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Kimberly - posted on 01/29/2009
Drink lots of fluids - it is easy to get dehyrated when you are nursing. Eat plenty of carbs -- this is not the time to be dieting. Breastmilk is very sweet and requires plenty of calories from simple carbs. Obviously fruit is best, but juice and baked goods can also be good. Pumpkin seems to work wonders for me (I pump for twins) -- I try to eat a pumpkin muffin every day. Friends of mine swear by oatmeal. Try not to drink too much coffee -- a cup or two is fine, but I find when I drink a lot more, my supply goes down.
And as others have said, do your best to get as much rest as possible. I definitely get less milk when I am overtired. Good luck!
I had an issue with not having enough of a supply. I tried Fenugreek at first and saw a little improvement. But what really helped me out was Reglan, it was prescribed to me by my daughter's pediatrician. It worked great and saw increased supply within a week. Only thing was that it also upset my stomach a little bit. But, as long as you can deal with a little bit of cramping its great. Also another thing to try if you don't want to take any medicines is what the Lactation Consultants at Duke University Hospital told me was to "Power Pump" what to do is pick one of your pump sessions were you can devote an hour to it. And you pump for 10 minutes then rest for 10 minutes, you repeat this for the hour. I wish you luck, I understand how frustrating it can be.
Beate - posted on 01/29/2009
I have also took fenugreek and within 2 days I could feel that there was lots more milk for the baby, the only side effect is that you sweat some and smell like maple sirup ... which is not too bad ;-) and you only have to take it until you think you are good on the supply. Also nurse often and let the baby end each nursing session. and yes it gets easier...the first 6-8 weeks are hard but its all worth it...my youngest is now 8,5 months and we are still nursing (he has his veggies and other baby food) and happy and healthy!! good luck
Sarah - posted on 01/29/2009
Make sure you are getting plenty of rest. The more worn out you are the more you will dry up. I pumped for twins and they said the more I pumped or they ate the more I would supply...supply and demand! Try pumping in between for just 15 mins or so if your baby isnt feeding that often. Also plenty of fluids!!!
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