I need to produce more breastmilk

Kelli - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 170 moms have responded )

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When my milk came in I was super engorged and pumped the extra out for a few days. I stopped pumping and now a few weeks later I have started again but cant seem to make enough to store any. When is a good time to pump and how often so I can have enough for my son but also make extra to store?

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Kristin - posted on 01/01/2010

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I found that if I pumped one side while I was feeding on the other, I had the best luck at getting enough milk to store. I usually could get a few ounces this way and by the end of the day, I would have almost a bottle and a half that I could freeze to save for later.

Erin - posted on 01/01/2010

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I used Fenugreek and it worked well.... but you have to take so much that your skin starts to smell like maple syrup... its not a bad smell but it is not fragrance I'd normally choose. :)

Jaci - posted on 01/01/2010

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I had the same problem. If I needed to leave my baby i had to pump at least 5 days before and I still could barley get enough. try pumping every two hours, in between feedings, also there is a great organic tea called mothers milk, you can get it at the health store. It helps with healthy lactation! Make sure your eating enough too! Good luck

Monica - posted on 01/01/2010

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i pump in the morning, sometimes with tommy on one side and the pump on the other

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I had a hard time producing milk also. I started taking Fenugreek and it didn't really help at first.Then I was told that each body is different, and some women require a higher dose than recommended. When your underarm sweat smells like Maple syrup, then you know you are taking the right amount (weird, but true). I had to take 2-3 capsules 3x a day for it to work for me. After a few days, my milk really flowed. It can cause some babies to get gassy. I didn't have that problem, but if you decide to try it, keep an eye out for that. good luck

Michelle - posted on 01/01/2010

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I pumped as a full time working mom for both of my boys until they were a year old, then continued nursing them until the oldest was 2 1/2 and the youngest decided on his own he was done at 15 months. When I was pumping at work, I did these things to keep my milk supply coming 1-drink lots of water 2-set a schedule so my breasts would be ready for the pump at a certian time of day 3-hum a song and look at a picture of my baby to help letdown of the milk 4-when you think there is no more milk coming out, keep pumping for about 5 minutes. Sometimes your breasts get a "second wind." 5- Try fenugreek capsules. They seemed to help and my son really liked the taste (smells like maple syrup). 6-Relax and don't pressure yourself to make any certain amount. I couldn't tell whether you are nursing exclusively AND pumping or working and pumping from your post, but either of those can be emotionally stressful so give yourself (and your breasts) time to adjust to a pumping routine. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Jessica :

Eat Corn- corn on the cob, canned corn, corn chips. Try it just once and you will see the difference. It will increase your milk supply and help get more out of pumping. Your body will adjust. There is also a lot of information on the web look it up.


You should always try to avoid ANY corn in your diet - I don't care what it does for your milk production. There is a reason they do not feed corn to cows and other animals for slaughter on a regular diet until they are preparing to kill them. Studies have been done on the subject - animals fed corn for a solid year - DIE from eating the corn. Corn is not good for you and does terrible things to your body, not the least of which is mess up your PH balance and causes oil buildups in you skin.



 



Also, on the word of three doctors, you CAN eat junk food all day and your body will still produce healthy breastmilk. Of course it's not recommended, but your body will not give your child something that will harm it, barring your child being allergic to your breastmilk - which my sister-in-law is currently having problems with.



I breastfed my daughter for 9 months, after my initial intentions of only going 6 weeks. My milk came fairly easily (I thought about being a wet nurse, I had so much!) and I just couldn't see stopping, because it was not only good for her - but cheaper than formula. I pumped at work and constantly had a 32 oz. bottle of water with me, drinking about a gallon of water a day. I know it sounds like a lot, but I never thought about it because I just always had the bottle with me and kept refilling it. After 6 months, my milk production started to wane and I tried the fenugreek drops - YUCK! - that stuff tastes just aweful and never helped.



What worked for me was drinking one 12 oz beer a day - I like Killian's Red, no aftertaste. My milk production skyrocketed! And don't worry about the alcohol, your body processes it out before it ever has a chance to get to your milk. Avoid all sodas and anything with caffeine, especially tea, coffee and, sadly, chocolate, because the caffeine will reduce milk production. At my peak I was getting 8 ozs per breast when I pumped and was able to freeze a couple weeks worth of milk, but after 6 months it tapered off to 4 ozs, even drinking the beer. When it got down to 2 ozs per pumping we supplemented with formula and then stopped at 9 months.



I pumped after feeding my daughter also, because that signaled my breasts that more milk was needed so they produced more. Also, if your child only feeds on one breast at a time, definitely pump the other breast until it's empty.



 



Good luck!!

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Breastfeed longer and pump longer. The pink around the nipple, is the stimulation of the breast and the more stimulation it has the more the breast will produce milk. The longer you pump, and the longer you breast feed (let's say 20 minutes instead of 15 minutes) the more production of breast milk. This will tell the breast that your baby is growing and the baby needs more milk so the more the breast will produce milk. Make sure you do it on both sides equally. I hope this helps!

Kathy - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hello Kelli! It looks like you have gotten a lot of advice, but much of it is opinion based and not evidence based! I am a IBCLC, and I will share with you the information I share with the patients I help at the hospital I work at. The number one thing to do is to either breastfeed more often or pump more often or both if you can. Milk is produced by your body when the demand is made to your body...so more demand by the pump or baby, then more milk! Try to have your baby nurse longer (I always encourage at least 15-20 minutes on each breast at each feeding if your baby will do that). If you use the pump at a feeding, continue to pump another 15 minutes AFTER you see milk coming out...this tells your brain/body to make more milk. After doing this for even a couple of days you should see an increase in your milk supply. Concentrating on mostly nursing frequently (or pumping frequently) which means at least every 2 hours...will tremendously increase your supply. Drink for how thirsty you are...you do not need to drink beyond thirst. I stay away from recommending herbal products.

As far as pumping extra milk, usually waiting an hour after a feeding or pumping session is a good amount of time to wait to pump for extra milk. But you have to keep in mind that it will take a couple of days of pumping this extra milk before you notice a bigger increase in your supply. Here's an example of what you can do! Feed your baby 15-20 minutes on each side for a feeding (or longer if your baby wants to nurse longer) Then about one hour later pump for 20 minutes on both breasts. Continue this pattern at least every three hours. Keep in mind that you are going to be spending a lot of time pumping and nursing, but this extra stimulation to your body is going to help increase your supply. You should not be going more than 3-4 hours at night without nursing, if you are doing this you are essentially telling your brain/body that your baby doesnt need as much milk...also not emptying your breasts at all overnight can lead to an uncomfortable fullness that can cause plugged milk ducts and perhaps mastitis.

The basic "formula" for making more milk is increasing the demand for it...so increase nursing time and always empty the breast, or increase pumping time, at least 15 minutes past seeing milk come out. I hope this helps!!

Gretchen - posted on 01/01/2010

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i agree that what you eat doesn't alter the nutrients of breast milk. the mother's nutrition may suffer but not baby until the mom is seriously deprived. the mom does need enough fluid intake.

also if the baby is sick, even if mom hasn't ever had the illness the breast will begin to manufacture antibodies for it (regardless of age) it is a miraculous design!

Nadia - posted on 01/01/2010

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i take fennugreek tablets and blessed thistle that help to produce milk and i think it really helps this is my 3rd baby and i have a huge supply compared to my 1st 2 babies good luck

Lucie - posted on 12/31/2009

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After trying a bunch of supplements and products supposed to help increase production, I finally found the best thing to do was simply forcing myself to drink more. It was that simple for me. I have to drink 2 tall glasses of liquid every time I breastfeed, and it guarantees there will be sufficient milk the next feeding. I'm drinking tons of caffeine-free diet sodas, Crystal Light and water, and it works.

Melissa - posted on 12/31/2009

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BEWARE of Reglan, esp if you have a pre-disposition for depression. gah. Everything in your milk goes into baby--and Reglan was not developed for nursing--they just realized that it can help with nursing, BUT at what cost.... Natural is best when it comes to breastfeeding and blessed thistle and fenugreek have been approved by certified midwives and certified lactation consultants for YEARS, DECADES, and maybe even a few CENTURIES... lol. my classes were taught by certified NURSES in major, recognized hospitals and they recommended these things wholeheartedly. If you are worried about overdoing it with herbs (some people take too much and get sick) buy some of the pre-prepared teas or mommy-tinctures (i.e.-Motherlove's Mother's Milk Plus--you can get it @ Whole Foods Market or similar places) Oatmeal also helps... beware of some medications that may make your milk supply go down--the mini pill (estrogen-free birth control) causes that in some nursing mommies.



pump in the mornings, I've been told the following the first feeding just before the sun comes is a good time--your most filling or fatty milk is produced between 10pm & 5am. That's a good time to get the lactation stoked again. Then, follow the advice that someone mentioned about pumping on each breast in between feedings if you can. You'll feel like a mommy cow, but that works much better than pumping immediately after the baby feeding because you could make yourself over produce on foremilk... Too much foremilk causes the baby to NOT gain enough weight--the foremilk is what fills baby up and the hindmilk is what gets them all the goodies they need to pack on the weight like they should. If you pump a bunch right after baby is finished, you'll be telling your brain to lengthen feedings--essentially stretching out your milk content. If you pump in-between feedings, you'll be telling your brain that baby is merely feeding more frequently--thereby making sure that foremilk & hindmilk are in check. Don't be discouraged by the amount you are initially pumping--it will start out quite small. For the first few days, try to pump each side ONLY for the amount that baby feeds on each side--take into consideration that let-down takes about 5-7 minutes. My own added advice: keep a picture of baby nearby when pumping--OR (this works amazing for me) get a recording of your baby's hungry cry. I kind of came up with this idea on my own when I realized how much I leaked milk when I heard my girls cry, so I tried it and it worked like a charm. I admit, it is awful listening to your lil bean cry, BUT.. the letdown is AMAZING... lol.



ANY liquid, as long as it is not caffeinated or containing too much sugar, is fine. Some folks can't drink a lot of water (I am one of them--for lack of trying), so just make sure you drink a LOT of something as long as it is healthy. Although it is debated, even though your body may not have enough of certain nutrients at certain times, your milk does still produce with those nutrients present. I am lactose-intolerant and worried about passing that allergy on to my girls because I wouldn't be drinking regular milk. I was told not to worry and that they would still get the lactose they need and the vitamin D, protein, and calcium they need from me. My 6 year old drinks regular milk and eats TONS of dairy (could a kid LOVE cheese more?! lol. ) and she is fine. :)



good luck & happy nursing ♥

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looks like you got lots of help with this question. I had some issues with supply too and I found that my supply fluctuated a little throughout the month. The first thing to do is not get too anxious about it, I did that and it doesn't help. The second thing is to make sure you are drinking enough water and eating well. In my opinion pumping didn't help increase my supply as much as nursing did so, if you can, nurse more often. If you can nurse more often pump right after you nurse. The most important thing to do is not worry. Your body will provide for the baby - don't worry. Try to get into a routine and it will be fine. There's a great website called Kellymom.com that really helped me when I first had my son. Good luck!

Char - posted on 12/31/2009

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What I did and found worked everytime I was done feeding I would pump on a double pump for 10 mins even in the middle of the night.. I was a major commitment but it worked!!! I have abt 10 gallons in the freezer .. no joke...

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Stay with a natural nutritional diet, skip the supplements and teas. Water works just fine. I breastfed all five of my kids. Your body knows what it needs to do, so stressing right now is your only enemy. Relax and enjoy the moment, they don't stay babies for long.

Anna - posted on 12/31/2009

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When I had our first child 28 years ago, I was told to drink plenty of fluids. I also pumped right after breastfeeding as well

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I'd try a natural approach first. Have the baby nurse on one side way longer (5-10 min) than you'd normally do without switching (could also feed baby on one side and pump the other. If pumping the other at the same time, stil have baby nurse on the pumped breast afterwards!) then switch sides. Then pump both. When no more milk is coming out, keep pumping for at least 10 min. Basically your body will start producing more if it feels it is "short" so you have to make yourself short for a few days to get it up to a higher level.

Marty - posted on 12/31/2009

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Add malt to the milk you are drinking it will help to produce more milk as well.

Carmen - posted on 12/31/2009

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I had to stop nursing my son for a week because of medication I was taking. When I wanted to start nursing again, I didn't have enough milk. At my mother-in-law's suggestion, I made a hot drink using oatmeal. Basically, I cooked oatmeal on the stove for 30 minutes. Use enough water that it makes a drink--not cereal--and add some sweetener. I drank it at night and by morning the milk was gushing! I was so surprised.

Susannah - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi I found it best to pump while feeding and by a couple of days I had enough again to store for evenings out but also for when I started wheening. The other way was to increase my milk before pumping by switching breast everytime the baby stopped the constant sucking to stimulate the let down reflex. Good luck.

Suzy - posted on 12/31/2009

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Well, the best advice I think is to increase your supply you should feed your baby more frequently for 24 hours, around every hour and half to two hours- this stimulates milk production for you and increases your secretion of prolactin which causes ou to create milk, Fenugreek does help some moms but start with only minor dose and see how it affects you- Also the advice to drink fluids is helpful, as many moms don't drink enough \water and get dehydrated when nursing. Also just putting your baby skin to skin on your chest will stimulate prolactin as well, so you can do that in between feedings. I would not be pumping unless you are about four weeks into nursing, as you want to have plenty of milk for baby - and pumping can interfere with your supply in the ealry stages as it confuse your body as to how much milk to make, I was not clear how old your baby was, but if it is older that should not be problem, as your milk supply for baby should be established.
Hope that is helpful.

Jackie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi Kelli,
You've gotten lots of advice here. What I want to add is simply congratulations on making the commitment to doing what is best for your baby. Supply=demand. You will find that by pumping after feedings to empty your breasts your body will begin to produce more within a few days. As you continue nursing and baby hits growth spurts, baby's demands will cause your body to produce more to meet their growing needs. Oh, lots of skin to skin time helps let your milk down before feeings and can help while you are pumping (releases good mommy hormones and relaxes you). Best of Luck!!

Kim - posted on 12/31/2009

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Research actually shows that alcohol consumption can actually decrease your milk supply.

Kevin - posted on 12/31/2009

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I read through the comments and all are good. However, two things other than food or supplements greatly effect breastmilk. Sleep and stress. Stop stressing about the milk and get rest, relaxation, and know that supplementing is not the worse thing that can happen to a baby. You are doing well and need to relax.

Kim - posted on 12/31/2009

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The best time to pump is in the morning after the babys first feed. You have the best milk supply in the AM. Then if your baby feeds from only one side at a time, you can try pumping from the other. Good luck

Dawn - posted on 12/31/2009

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Pump at the same time every day - don't worry about not having enough for your son. Booby juice is like a restraunt reservation and an all you can eat buffet - your boobs know when your son (or pumping) creates a demand and supplies accordingly, also your boobs can produce as your son feeds. Boobs rock!

Try fenugreek - but be perpared to smell like you've been eating Asian food or mothers tea to help boost in the begining.

dxx

Judy - posted on 12/31/2009

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My mom work's in labor and delivery and has for some 40 years.. she told me to Drink a beer, it actually works. If you don't want to go that route there is a tea called mothers milk..

Gerri - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Kelli:

I need to produce more breastmilk

When my milk came in I was super engorged and pumped the extra out for a few days. I stopped pumping and now a few weeks later I have started again but cant seem to make enough to store any. When is a good time to pump and how often so I can have enough for my son but also make extra to store?


Hi geri here, I remember when I breastfed my baby, I was told that there were two ways. One was breastfeeding  by time and breastfeeding on demand. Our breasts work like a clock. If we breastfeed by time it produces milk by time , If we breastfeed by demand it produces milk all the time. Milk is produced through stimulation and that is the more the baby sucks the more the breast produces and I used to have so much of milk that every morning i would have to squeeze so much out because my baby would be so full just from one breast!! I even had milk sis twice. Squeezing or pumping the milk out is fine but the sucking has to go on if not the breast just will stop producing if there is no stimulation. I say this out of experience as I continued to breastfeed for at least 5 years.

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Quoting Allie:

 increasing the milk by herbal supplements is not reccomended. Herbal substances are not reccomended by the FDA nor is it controled by the FDA. They will probably be willing to give you a script of Reglan (normally an anti-nausea drug with the unlabeled use of increasing milk production).



 



Taking herbs is a natural way to increase your milk supply, like talking vitamin c when you are sick, I dont know how it is not recommended, we eat and drink herbs all the time. And has to be far better then geting a script for a drug from the doctor? I find that ironic?! I took herbs and they were a great help, there is no way I would have taking a drug - that goes though your milk.



But everyone is different, to each their own, I just prefer a more natural approach :-)



Allie - posted on 12/31/2009

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There is a lot of good advice on pumping, but the increasing the milk by herbal supplements is not reccomended. Herbal substances are not reccomended by the FDA nor is it controled by the FDA. If you are really worried about your milk supply and do not feel as if pumping is helping increase your supply talk to your OB/GYN. They will probably be willing to give you a script of Reglan (normally an anti-nausea drug with the unlabeled use of increasing milk production). This information is both through personal experience and also through training in the RN program. I hope this helps and good luck to you! It is always good to see mothers who are breastfeeding!

Kimberly - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Emily:



Quoting Alexandra:




Quoting Emily:












 Remember also breast feeding is only as healthy as the foods you are consuming!!!!
















This is actually not true. You can eat donuts all day and your breastmilk will still be healthy for your baby. I'm not advocating eating donuts all day, just saying that breastmilk is breastmilk. It is healthy regardless.. you do not have to have a perfect diet.










 










To the original question.. I agree that morning is a great time to pump. It sounds as though your body is used to producing exactly enough for your baby and not much more (this is normal!). If you want to have extra each day, simply add one pumping session each day. It may take a few days for your body to up the amount. Also remember that the amount of milk you pump has nothing to do with how much milk you are making or how much your baby is getting. Some women just do not respond well to pumps, but babies are the experts at getting milk out!












Sorry to disagree, but breastmilk is as good as what you eat. I f you eat Mcdonalds all day, your milk will be full of fat and without calcium and vitamins.Just an example. Also, breastmilk gives the child all the mom's imunity but only up to 6 months, after that the child starts creating his own imune system.








Also, pumping must happen all day, otherwise your body understands your child doesn't need feeding anymore. I only pumped in the morning when I decided to stop breastfeeding my son at 8 months. I needed to pump all this time because my son couldn't suck on my breasts and after that he got used to the bottle feeling and didn't want to try anymore. So, not only I was adviced by a doctor and a midwife, but I have my own experience. If you want to keep having milk, pump as many times as your baby eats. In a few days your body gets used to the rythm and quantities.









I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but it is simply incorrect. Breastmilk is breastmilk.. it does not get fattier or lose nutrients depending on what you eat.






http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mo...






Also, breastmilk CONTINUES to provide immunities to babies beyond 6 months. That is just ridiculous that it would suddenly stop at 6 months. A child will continue to reap the benefits of breastmilk as long as they continue to breastfeed.






 






Mom does not have to pump all day. From what she stated, she is nursing most of the day, so why would she need to also pump all day long? Babies nursing is way better for your supply than pumping.





breast milk is just that breast milk After I had my son I asked the nurse in the hospital if any thing I eat would affect my milk and make the baby gassy because my first was so colic I had trhe fear of that a second time and the nurse told me eating gassy foods would not make my baby gassy and that was a myth. I always had trouble producing milk so I used to have to supplement and aftyer your baby is three months old it is very hard to try and increae your supply because I went to my doctor to try and get help with increasing my supply and my OB told me that three months after the birth it is very hard to increase your supply and the longer you wait the more difficult it will get. So, if you have to start supplement don't feel guilty I did it and it was fine. The way I looked at it my baby got the benefit of both:the nutrients from Breast milk and because I used formula to put him to sleep at night he slept longer through the night because he was fuller longer. We co-sleep so I used to nurse in the middle of the night when he did wake up but for the most part he has slept through the night since two days old. Good luck!

Caryn - posted on 12/30/2009

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After the morning feeding. You can also try nursing your baby every two hours for about three days, that'll bring your supply up. Also any stout beer/lager. Also eating oatmeal.

Sandra - posted on 12/30/2009

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at nights, drink warm milk and then put a warm towel over breast, you must also intake alot of milk to produce milk, good luck

Lara - posted on 12/30/2009

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Fenugreek or fennel is great - also blessed thistle, you take them as capsules. And eat lots of protein as that is what makes your milk. I was told by my midwife to eat lots of hot food, though what really worked for me was the fenugreek and blessed thistle. I expressed exclusively for my son for 4 months as breastfeeding didnt work out for us unfortunately :( My supply got low for a while, but after taking the herbs for a short time I was able to express 400 - 500mls in one go! Definately try the herbs - they are the most "drama free" option that really work.

Vonda - posted on 12/30/2009

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When you stopped pumping, you signaled your body that there was no longer a super hungry baby (or twins) to feed anymore. The likelyhood that your production will increase at this point is not good. You could try eating a lot, (and I mean a lot) of fatty foods. Ofcourse you would want them to be nutricious like avocados and nuts, really good quality meats, such as fatty lamb, duck, prime-rib. That would signal your body that you are craving high fat foods due to the baby still nursing. That MIGHT help get back some of what you lost when you stopped pumping. Another alternative would be to contact La Leche League. They may have better options. Another alternative would be to simply supplement with a good formula. My daugher did that because no matter what she tried, she was unable to produce the quantity that her first child needed. There are benefits in that, you can be sure they are getting the nutrition they need and the daddy gets to bond with the baby while feeding. Hope this helps in some way. Good luck!

Vickie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I would pump in the middle of the night cause that's when he drank less from me. Make sure to drink lots of milk and water that also gives you extra milk. While your baby is feeding make sure your messaging the breast to move the milk around that also helps. Hope it works!!

S - posted on 12/30/2009

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Wow, already posted once and I see a lot of other responses as well. Everyone's experiences are different as are their needs. Some women no matter what have a low supply and need additional help (such as women like myself with PCOS).



Choosing to use a supplement whether natural or a prescription is the mother's decision and is between her and her doctor (or lactation specialist). They will tell you what is safe versus what is not. Most will tell you if you take a supplement to see how your child responds to it, obviously you would need to change or try something else if your baby does not like it



I have read about the dark (specifically) beer and it is the yeast that helps a woman produce more milk however for those who are uncomfortable with introducing alcohol in their system there is something called mother's milk cookies made with a specific yeast similar to what is in beer. I have not tried them as yet but I have heard raving reviews about them. Oatmeal is also a really great tool, one I still use myself daily.



I hope everyone realizes that some things should be taken with a grain of salt. The best of luck to us all in our breastfeeding/pumping endeavors. The recipe is posted below and most of the ingredients can be found at the health foods store.



The ingredients that you will need are:



1 cup of butter, preferably Olivio or another olive oil type butter, one with flaxseed in it has added health benefits

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

4 tablespoons of water

2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (found at health food stores)

2 large eggs, using eggs with omega in it is beneficial, but not required

1 tsp of vanilla

2 cups of flour, whole wheat flour is recommended

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

3 cups of oats (oatmeal, not instant though), thick cut work best

1 cup or more of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or any that you like

2-4 tablespoons of brewers yeast, it must be brewers yeast (found in health food stores)



Preheat oven to 375 degrees



mix 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal with the water and set aside, you will need it a little later

beat butter and sugars well

add the eggs and mix

stir in flaxseed mix and add vanilla to the butter mix

beat well

sift together the flour, brewers yeast, salt and baking soda

add to butter mix

stir in oats and chips

scoop or drop onto baking sheet an inch apart

bake for 12-15 minutes



The key ingredients here for increasing breastmilk is the brewers yeast and oatmeal. Back in the day, doctors used to advise mothers to drink a beer a day because the yeast in the beer helped to increase breastmilk. Now, drinking alcohol isn't quite so advised so eating these cookies with brewers yeast in it will have the same effect, if not better. Oatmeal has been a long time remedy for low milk supply as well. Eating a bowl or two a day while nursing helps to increase.

Kate - posted on 12/30/2009

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Try taking fenugreek and drink about a gallon of water a day. The fenugreek also makes your sweat smell like maple syrup. Seriously. Try it out.

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting amanda:



Quoting Alexandra:

Just to clarify where I get my info:
- I took a parenting school (30 hours) before the baby was born
- I spoke to the kid's pediatrician
- I spoke to a proffessor doctor pediatrician at the University (he's a friend of my inlaws) about baby & mother feeding
- I have a pediatrician family friend with 2 kids of her own and 30 years of medicine experience
- I have 3 books on how to take care of a child up to 3 years where it specifies what and how to eat
- I have a very informative DVD from Phillips Avent on how to pump (came with the pump)
- I've also been surfing the net for information and remembered the one I thought was useful
- I have my own experience with my son
Also, just to clarify:
- I only pumped (not directly breast fed my son) for 8 months because my nibbles are not coming out and my son could not feed. So I needed to put the milk in the bottle each time I needed to feed him. I only started to use formula when I got tired of pumping after 7 months and decided to end "breastfeeding" (also I needed to go back to work)
Not to create more discussions on this subject, but I do believe that a mother's milk is only as good as she eats.
These are my own opinions and should be taken like this. I don't wish to impose them on anyone, just to make sure my explanations are understood.


not to be hatefull or rude but reading and research and movies and all that crap can be useful, but nothing beats expereience...and I had latching issues with my son and had to pump with him everytime he ate...with my little girl I have found that since she does nurse I can nurse her whenever she needs to and I also pump inbetween her 7 and 9 am feedings...usually I am getting ready for work then and she only misses one feeding anyway....there is no need to get upset...ur experience ws a little diffrent than most...


and as for the milk changing with what you eat, my ob and the pediatrician and my lactation consultation all told me that as long as I eat an appropriate amount of calories and they were not things that cause milk to dry(like caffine and things like that), that my little girl would be ok, and that it would be perfectly heathy for her, more so that formula...which is not bad if you need it.


but as for the main question I have heard though do not know personally that dark beer was good for milk production and oatmeal works great I seen results the same day. But most say with in 3-4 days. Just dont give up.


 





 

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Alexandra:

Just to clarify where I get my info:
- I took a parenting school (30 hours) before the baby was born
- I spoke to the kid's pediatrician
- I spoke to a proffessor doctor pediatrician at the University (he's a friend of my inlaws) about baby & mother feeding
- I have a pediatrician family friend with 2 kids of her own and 30 years of medicine experience
- I have 3 books on how to take care of a child up to 3 years where it specifies what and how to eat
- I have a very informative DVD from Phillips Avent on how to pump (came with the pump)
- I've also been surfing the net for information and remembered the one I thought was useful
- I have my own experience with my son
Also, just to clarify:
- I only pumped (not directly breast fed my son) for 8 months because my nibbles are not coming out and my son could not feed. So I needed to put the milk in the bottle each time I needed to feed him. I only started to use formula when I got tired of pumping after 7 months and decided to end "breastfeeding" (also I needed to go back to work)
Not to create more discussions on this subject, but I do believe that a mother's milk is only as good as she eats.
These are my own opinions and should be taken like this. I don't wish to impose them on anyone, just to make sure my explanations are understood.


 

Kristina - posted on 12/30/2009

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Wow!! I see you've gotten tons of replies, and they all seems to run the gammut...you and only you can decide what's right for you, but all those herbalsupplement things...do you really want to go running around spending money on those things when all you really need to do is invest a little extra time? And what one woman swears by may not work for you, or it may make you and/or your baby really sick. Do you want to take the chance with your baby? I was told to eat oatmeal and drink lots of milk. The oatmeal worked great, but the milk made both me and my daughter sick...I'm sensitive to lactose, and she was too. So I kept eating the oatment, and stopped drinking the milk...If you're actively breastfeeding, and just want to use the pump to build up a freezer stash, pump after the baby's done eating, and maybe one or two extra times in between. Good times to do the extra pumping is the first couple of sessions in the am, about an hour after you've nursed. If you're strictly pumping and putting into a bottle, take 2 or 3 days, set your alarm, and pump every 3 hours. This will tell your body that your baby needs more milk. Your breasts don't know it isn't your baby doing the emptying, they simply know that the demand has gone up. And as always, drink lots of good-for-you fluids, eat a well balanced diet. This is more for you than for the milk. What's the point of going thru all this if you're worn out and tired because you aren't taking care of yourself, right? Good luck...I've pumped/nursed my daughter, 2, and now my son, who is 2 1/2 months. With both, I was really sore, so after nursing for the first couple of days, I pumped...I know what they say about nipple confusion, but with both, I went back to nursing after the boobies felt better, and we worked out the kinks. My daughter, and now my son will either nurse or bottle feed...I think after awhile, most kids don't care where it comes from, as long as they get it...lol...Good luck to you!!

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 12/30/2009

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If none of the herbs work try Zinc!!! really it made a huge difference to me.
P.S when my mum had me in England in the 70's they gave nursing women a bottle of stout every day to help with milk production.

Nerida - posted on 12/30/2009

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Fenugreek is good, also try blessed thistle (you can use both of them together). It takes eight weeks for breastfeeding to become established - it sounds like you are still in those eight weeks. Express as often as you can (5 - 10 minutes after each feed or even between feeds). Unfortunately, some women simply do not express well (I am one of these). Either they just produce enough for the baby, or the letdown mechanism doesn't work properly through artificial means. Don't worry about gaining a full feeds worth at a time, freeze whatever you do express into ice cube trays, use the individual cubes to make up the full feed when you need them. Breastmilk will keep in a normal freezer for three months, in a deep-freeze for six months. Hope this helps.

Dawnie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Drinks loads of water and ensure you eat nutritous meals. Also, encourage ur baby to suckle, it is nice to just cuddle with baby and let them nurse whenever. This stimulates teh breast to make more milk. Some people also advise pumping for alittle longer after your milk has stopped, this also works. Good luck

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Summer:

what does caffine do to your baby if you drink it while you breast feed?



I know in the early days with Jayde, now nearly 5 months, she didn't sleep much, and I'm guessing it would be because of the caffine I was consuming, she's good now though, sleeps really well, and I still consume caffine, so maybe she's immune to it, not sure...

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2009

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The more you use the more you make, so by pumping, you were essentially telling your body that you were using that much, now that you've stopped pumping, so's the demand on your supply, so to up your supply, start pumping again between feeds and within a day, your supply will be up again.

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