Breast Feeding

Samantha - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My milk is drying up after only two weeks of feeding and I would love any advice of things I can do to increase my supply as it’s almost down to nothing and feel its getting worse. It's my third baby and with the fist two I never had a problem with my milk however with this birth I was very sick after my c section and ended up in the ICU with an infection and could not feed my daughter for 2 days then over the next five days they would take her when I could not take care of her resulting in less feeds. I know that this has had a definite effect coupled with the stress of being sick. If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it?

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Lisa - posted on 01/28/2009

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I had issues with milk supply at the start, my health nurse had me do a course of a drug called don perindone( not sure if this is spelled correct, but it is close )  She also had me check out the web site for Jack Newman, he is a breast feeding guru from Ontario, I found the information very helpful.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi,
I had problems breastfeeding at the beginning and I did not breastfeed often.
Make sure you breastfeed at night, the more your baby is on your breast the more you supply will increase.
Good luck

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P.S.  I also used the fenuugreek, The occupational therapist at the hospital tld me about it.  She went out of her way to purchase it and bring it to me.  Between this and the reglan I was able to keep my milk production adequate using a pump, because my daughter never nursed.  

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My daughter was very sick after she was born, and I had to use a pump.  Even though it was a hospital pump my milk production was not very sufficient ( I was only pumping about three or four times per day with little results).  My daughter's pediatric gastro doctor advised me to contact my ob/gyn and have them phone in a prescription of Reglan.  Reglan is used to spped up stomach emptying and is often used to treat gastric reflux, but an unlabeled use for it due to it's side effects is an increase in milk production in lactating moms.   It helped me!

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2009

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Fennugreek and blessed thistle are herbs you can get @ the helth food store and work like a charm. They recommended to me by my midwives following my first son. Remember to always check with your health care provider

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Everyone had great advice.  The Mother's Milk Tea or just taking Fenugreek can be helpful.  Eat lots of oatmeal and drink LOTS of water/fluids.  Non-alcoholic beer can help as well.  Nurse often and pump a lot too.  Good luck! 

Marcy - posted on 01/27/2009

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there is a herbal tea that you can drink 3-4 times a day that will help. My doctor recommended it to me, You can purchase it at a birth shop, such as serenity birthing studio in barrie. It is called nursing tea.

Wendy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Pump, pump, pump! It's going to be a commitment, but the more the boobies are used the more milk you will make. Also, drink lots of water and make sure you are eating enough calories. Get your protien.

Angel - posted on 01/27/2009

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Are you on hormonal birth control by any chance? Sometimes that can have a negative effect on supply. If not,the very best thing you can do is to nurse on demand, even if that means the baby is literally nursing all day long. Good luck, mama!

Rebecca - posted on 01/27/2009

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I'm currently BF an 11 month old, and have had a couple times where I almost lost my supply.  What worked for me is to drink a lot of liquids and pump every 2 hours, even after your baby nurses.  You may not get any milk out when you pump, but the stimulation should signal your body to produce more milk in the future.  Also let your baby nurse for as long as they want, don't take them off just because the time is up or you think they are done, this too signals your body to produce more milk and is more effective than the pump.



As far as supplements, I drink an organic mother's milk tea that has fenugreek in it.  Not sure if it truly helped or not, but was a nice relaxing cup of tea.  good luck

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Hi! I would call the local WIC office, they have lactation consultants that can give you great advice. I did this and she told me to try an herbal suppliment called fenugreek. It helped some, also she said drink lots and lots of water and try eating a lot of oatmeal. Of course you should talk to a proffessional before starting any kind of suppliment. But those things did help me! Good luck, I know it's so frustrating to have to work so hard to do something so good for your baby. Hang in there!!

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