did anyone else have trouble with a low milk supply? i take the fenugreek and pump. but maybe i need to pump more often i'm not sure. any advice?

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Naomi - posted on 03/07/2009

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Grab a bottle. you can comp with a bottle after you have breast feed. what ever you decide to do just remember it is better to have a happy mother than a breast feed baby.  I had to pump with my first because i was going back to work and i felt like molly moo cow. did not help my PPD.



good luck.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/07/2009

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Quoting Lauren:

did anyone else have trouble with a low milk supply? i take the fenugreek and pump. but maybe i need to pump more often i'm not sure. any advice?




My daughter was born at 26 week I am just about to stop feeding after 6 months.  To help what i done was a lot of skin to skin with your baby.  Also drink loads of water, rest  and I pumped every hour to keep my milk going.  You only need to do about 10 mins but dont do it at night if baby is sleeping.  This worked for me.

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I just read some of the other responses. Brewer's Yeast is what is used to make beer without the alcohol of course....so sounds like a little safer than actually drinking a beer.....It comes in capsule form so you just take it with a sip of water....

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I was told by my babies doctor to take Brewer's Yeast. This was great! Within a couple of days the lil one was gaining weight. You can find this at a health food store like GNC.

Stefanie - posted on 03/06/2009

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I just found a herbal organic tea called , " Mother's Milk". it's by Traditional Medicinals. I found it at Safeway. You are suppose to drink it it three to five times a day. I needed it because I'm still breast feeding my ten month old and started prducing less because she doesn't eat as often. I wish I knew about it when I first had her. So what I hear is that you are suppose to pump after every feeding and make sure you drink lots of water also. I found that water also just made a huge difference. Oh and the tea cost about five bucks and it come with16 bags. Good luck.

Amie - posted on 03/06/2009

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I had this problem but took no natural or prescribed meds to help with it. My problem was I wasn't eating regularly or enough. What mom with a newborn can though? So I started nibbling on food throughout the day as my doctor recommended. What you put into your body your baby does get through your breast milk so if you're not feeding yourself enough or properly how can your body produce enough milk? Is what she said to me, which makes sense. Could this be why?

Britni - posted on 03/06/2009

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Yeah..it is definitely okay for you to drink one beer a day. The yeast in it makes you produce more milk, but make sure that you drink a lot of water too b/c the beer can dehydrate you, and in turn make you produce less. Are you sure that you aren't producing enough? Also you need to make sure that you are intaking enough calories. That is very important too and could make a huge difference in your supply. Hope you get this figured out. It is awesome to hear that you are trying, instead of just giving up, which seems to be the trend. :)

Lauren - posted on 03/06/2009

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im hearing some of you saying to drink a beer. i thought we werent suppose to drink one. my boyfriend will be like no you can't do that ahh

Lea - posted on 03/06/2009

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I had a terrible time. I took the fenugreek and pumped. What helped most though was drinking one dark import beer a day. Don't ask me why, but it helped ALOT. I learned about this from one of the nurses I work with and I had my doubts about it. Plus I really hate beer!!! Out of desperation I tried it and WOW it helped. Hang in there! I know it's hard!

Jody - posted on 03/06/2009

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I had to take fenugreek, blessed thistle and Domperidone to help. I was never able to make quite enough for my little one so I gave 3-4 oz of my milk and the rest was formula.
Good Luck.

Esta - posted on 03/05/2009

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You need to nurse him more offten then after he is done then pump for about 10mins you can ask you ob doctor to give you meds plus take the fenugreek to help you get a better milk flow but what helps the most is to have him nurse don't just pump. You can drink a beer that might help too.

Julie - posted on 03/05/2009

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How do you know if you are taking enough Fenugreek? I was taking it and my MD who worked in a lactation clinic recommended that I take it 3 times a day, 2-3 capsules, depending on the strength. If you can smell a maple syrup like odor on yourself (others, too) you have enough. If not, increase your dose. The domperidone worked well for me and I never tried Reglan. Because of the new "black box" warning issued for Reglan, I'd be hesitant to use it.



BTW, I pumped for 14 weeks for my 3-month premature baby in the NICU. I became ill and was put on meds he could not get, that is the only reason I stopped.



When pumping, there IS such a thing as TOO MUCH. Frequency is important, but if you turn up the suction too high, you can severely damage the tissues that make milk. If you can find a good lactation clinic near you, it would be worth it. Also remember, no pump can effectively drain the breast like a baby, so you will never pump as much as your baby can take from you. You'd probably have to figure out if your problem is in production or let down to find out what you need to do differently.

Paulette - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hey Lauren, I had trouble with low supply too and took fenugreek. I also used a Medela electric pump. I saw that the fenugreek did help but when I learned first hand was you can take too much when you take it for too long. It ended up killing off the healthy stuff in my intestines and gave me chronic diarehia. I found this out when I went to the doctor, he then told me to take a probiotic to correct the intestinal problem. I was glad he had me use something natural. The things that affect the supply are stress, caffeine and how often they baby nurses plus how your posture is when nursing. Check out www.mybrestfriend.com it is a great nursing pillow which encourages good posture and is recommended by lactation consultants.

Krista - posted on 03/05/2009

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oatmeal oatmeal oatmeal. Works wonders for supply. Have also heard toasted sesame seeds, but harder to incorporate into your diet, or at least was for me so I don't know how much affect they had. Also, relax! You could never believe how your mental state can affect your production. I hate all of the pressure that is put on us as nursing moms and how frequently the whole "low milk supply" conclusion is jumped to. If your baby is thriving, then your supply likely is fine.

Lauren - posted on 03/05/2009

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my doctor said that she use to pump before she nursed her kids and it made her have a lot of milk. too much milk she said she had so she was thinking if i pumped before the feedings i'd make more milk because he'd empty me better. does anyone think that would work?

Lauren - posted on 03/05/2009

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thanks for the help. i have been supplementing but now he's on cereal too since he's over 4 months. he wants less bottles now from the cereal. now i just think it would be nice if he didnt need formula. i go to a lactation class but i think sometimes other moms know some things that the lactation nurses don't know

Mary - posted on 03/05/2009

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention to watch for things that decrease your milk supply....like caffeine, and off course don't smoke. These things can decrease milk, and always make sure your baby is latched on properly, a poor latch will decrease milk. Keep up the good work, it is worth it, if you stay with it it will get better/easier. Most hospitals have lactation consultants that will talk to you free of charge, never hesitate to call your local lactation nurse. Nothing against doctors, but lactation nurses have more training and info on the subject.

Mary - posted on 03/05/2009

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How much Fenugreek are you taking? It may not be enough, look up the proper dosage online for milk production and compare it, usually the dose listed on the bottle is not nearly enough. Also, when you pump, are you pumping both sides at the same time or one at a time? Both sides at once will increase your prolactin levels and in turn increase milk.

Kara - posted on 03/05/2009

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I dried up after only 3 weeks, and I had been pumping like crazy for most of that time. It was really hard on my, but reality wasn't something I could argue with. I'd say do your best, but if you have to supplement, you are not a bad Mom!

Jomarie - posted on 03/05/2009

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also, have you tried pumping WHILE feeding? i only gave my daughter breast milk till she was 9 months while working full time. i did this by pumping on one side while feeding her on the other. i found that if you pump while feeding you definitly get more.

Christina - posted on 03/05/2009

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I agree with the stopping the pump comment. Let yourself get full and have the baby empty you. This will stimulate your breasts more than the pump. The pump is a great resource to maintaining your supply and providing milk for your little one while you are away from him/her. You can also take an herbal supplement called Goat's Rue. This is the strongest natural remedy out there to increase your supply. (you can take this in addition to the Feugreek and Blessed thislte) If that's not cutting it, you can ask your OBGYN to prescribe you Reglan. It will increase prolactin and oxytocin and provides no side effects to your baby. This will help with your supply.
Keep it up, you are doing the best thing for your baby! Also...drink lots and lots of water. Try seltzer if you have a hard time with regular water (I hate reg. water, so this helped me)
I had a terrible time with my supply at first for many reasons, and i have finally gotten it to where it needs to be. i am so happy I kept at it b/c it's so worth it.

Christine - posted on 03/05/2009

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I've had a problem with milk supply off and on... tried the extra pumping etc. And really the only thing that helped was the domperidone that my lactation consultant prescribed... it bumped up my milk production alot. Now that my son (7 months) is on solids though, my milk supply is decreasing again, he definitely takes less and won't sit still to bf for more than 5 minutes, and I find I'm having to supplement with formula (tried pumping, but get almost nothing during the day and after he's had his initial feeds) after his solids meals to ensure he gets the right amount of fluids.



Sounds like you are trying natural alternatives compared to my prescription remedy, so perhaps this isn't that helpful. I'd say talk to a lactation consultant and see if there are additional natural remedies out there.

Adrienne - posted on 03/05/2009

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I had trouble with a low milk supply for my second child. I couldn't breastfeed my first due to medical reasons. I took fenugreek but when I went and got it they said it works better when you take it with Blessed Thistle. The Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek worked for me plus pumping in between the feedings. A month or two after I was able to stop taking it because I was making enough for my son. Also drink lots and lots of water. Oh I also got nursing tea that helps bring your milk in as well. So I drank the tea (sorry i forget the name of it), and also took the Blessed Thistle and Fenugreek. I hope this might have helped you out. I was so worried that I was never going to be able to breastfeed any of my sons. My aunt who has breastfed all six of her kids also said breastfed every hour on the dot to help bring it in better because your body will think you need more and make more. Good Luck! Hope it works out for you!

Jomarie - posted on 03/05/2009

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do you have to pump? i would stop pumping all together if you are having trouble with your supply. milk is supply and demand. once the breast is emptied it will produce more and the best way to empty it is that little one of yours. unless you need to for feedings when you are away i would stop pumping. drink lots of water, take your fenugreek and feed your little one. as long as the diapers are wet and dirtied you are making enough.

Sharon - posted on 03/05/2009

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I had a low supply of milk to the point I had to supplement w/formula at bed time. I was always under the impression, the more you nurse, the more you produce.But I would suggest talking to a lactation consultant or even your baby's doc can direct you to the right person.

Erica - posted on 03/05/2009

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I totally had that problem! I was told (by my doctor) that the more often you pump the more milk you are supposed to produce. However, I felt like all I was doing was pumping! After my son was three months old, I couldn't produce anymore!

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