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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Katie - posted on 12/30/2009

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The fenugreek herbal supplements REALLY work - I was OVERFLOWING with milk - we actually had too much, and were throwing some away!

Katherine - posted on 12/30/2009

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i used to feed my son, then pump out the remaining milk. after a week or two i solely pumped and fed my son thru Playtex drop-ins. it works great because your body produces as much milk as the baby needs, so the more often you pump, the more milk your body will produce. its also convenient because you can store the milk in the fridge until baby is redy to drink, so you always have a steady supply - especially if you aren't comfortable with breastfeeding in public. drink lots of liquids like soups, tea, and broth. as my son got older, i spaced out the time it took before i pumped again. ie. i started pumping every 2 hours, then as the days went by, i'd wait 3 hours before pumping and so on. its a bit hard at first becuase your breast do become engorged, but with time they'll adjust - meaning they won't become so engorged so fast. eventually, i was pumping 3 times a day, but producing about 40 oz each time! we had soo much milk, we ran out of space in the deep freezer and started donating to a milk bank.

Kelly - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hey, when I was pumping I was told that to make more you can take a pill that your midwife can give you, or maybe from the chemist, don't know what the name is, but it helps you produce way more, but you have to pump regularly. Also you should be pumping at every feed, even if you don't get much or enough out, you are still stimulating your flow. Goodluck

Shanna - posted on 12/30/2009

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Every two to three hours either pump or feed and your supply will increase accordingly after two days. Eat well and drinking a lot is very important. Also continue to pump for 10 minutes after the last drop, it will help trick your body into producing more faster

Natasha - posted on 12/30/2009

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I pumped a little before every feeding. And I drank a ton of Milk and Apple Juice. I'm not to sure if it will work for you, but it worked for all the woman in my family.

Myrtis - posted on 12/30/2009

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Keep pumping, the more you pump the more you make. Try pumping during baby's morning nap, I found that to be a pretty good time. Also, try consulting a local La Leche League, they have tons of good advice.

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i use mothers milk tea by Yogi Tea. it helps me keep producing. but check with your doctor first. While baby is eating on one side, I pump the opposite side and when she switches, i switch to the opposite side. I work 8+ hours a day, so it's hard to always pump on a schedule. Some weeks I barely have enough milk for her and other weeks i'm waking up engorged. i guess my lack of free time to pump has a big effect on production. does your hospital have a lactation specialist or you can always try la leche league. i think you can look them up online.

Dione - posted on 12/30/2009

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In my experience, just pump every time you can. When your baby finishes eating, pump whatever is left and then pump regularly every 3 or so hours, even if your baby doesn't eat, so your brain gets the message that you need more milk. The more you pump, the more you'll start getting.
Once you get more milk, the best time to pump to store is in the morning.

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I found that the best time to pump is before the morning feed and make sure that you are at least drinking your 2 litres of water a day.

Rachel - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Randi:

i know this sounds bad, but drink a beer, dont know what it is but something in the yeast i guess causes major production, i dont like beer thats what ive been told numourous times to do



 



She's right, my nurse told me to that, and beer is not my favorite.  The yeast does help, in some cases.  I nursed my twin girls for 19-1/2 months, and I also agree with pumping one side, while you feed on the other.  I nursed my twins at the same time, they always had enough, because I fed them together. I did not pump, since I was at home with them all the time and didn't need to, but the theory behind it is the same.  If you pump one side,while feeding on the other, as many extra feedings as you need, you should have a larger milk supply.  It is like a supply-and-demand thing.  For instance, pump while feeding twice a day, if you need two extra meals.  Someone above mentioned something like you can pump more effectively while nursing, since the baby being with you helps to stimulate the production of milk.  That does sound about right, and I still use the nursing twins example to show that you can make what is needed.  Currently, I am nursing my nearly 7-month-old son, and I nurse without any problems, in addition to solids he now eats.  Of course, every woman is different, but the fact is that breastmilk is the best for your baby, and it is natural and the original way to feed babies.  The only other thing I wanted to say is that it can be normal to want to give up, from frustration, but keep trying... you're doing the right thing trying to get advice.  Ask lactation consultants near you, to get advice from them, too.





 

Alyssa - posted on 12/30/2009

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My daughter Ellie, 8 months, and I attended a Weekly Breastfeeding Support Group until it was canceled due to the H1N1 virus. The lactation consultant that was our group leader NEVER recommended supplements etc. She said a natural food that helps to boost milk supply is oatmeal (the real one NOT instant) and drinking lots of water. Pump after your baby has nursed as often as you can (especially in the morning and night) even if you don't get a lot...your body will then know you need that much milk and begin producing more! Ideas for pumping: be relaxed, look at a picture of your baby, or smell baby's blanket, have something warm to drink, massage your breasts, and warm wash clothes ca help when you are away from baby at work and pumping!

Tracy - posted on 12/30/2009

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The more you pump, the more milk your body will produce...I would try 1st thing in the morning before feeding the baby. Also, any time you plan to give the baby a bottle you should try to pump. When I went back to worl I would pump during my break at work and lunch because that is when I would have fed had I been home. I know you can't "every" time, but as often as you can. My youngest daughter nursed for 18 months and I returned to work when she was 3 months.

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For everything you need to know about breastfeeding go online to the La Leche League site. It is exclusively for breastfeeding moms, and it can hook you up with a leader who is in your area, they are available 24 hrs. a day. My three sons are grown up now, but it was invaluable to me when they were babies.

S - posted on 12/30/2009

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I will tell you now that it's difficult but well worth it. You might want to start with a pumping weekend (substitute for a nursing weekend). Stay at home all weekend and pump EVERY two hours no matter how little you may get. Keep it at 10-15 minutes unless you're getting a good amount then you may want to go longer.

Look into supplements. I take mothers milk tea and fenugreek three times a day. Milk of thistle (not sure if i said that right) also helps. Usually it takes as long to bring your supply back as the duration of time you stopped. You have to keep at it which is certainly time consuming but worth it. Try reglan you can get a prescription from your doctor if you are having serious problems.

Good luck and keep your head up.

G - posted on 12/30/2009

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My opinion is that while supplements and teas can indeed help in some women do not take them without speaking to your doctor and pedia first. At least this way you can be informed of any possible side effects and the doctor is aware in case he/she notices something with the baby. A mothers diet may or may not influence the health or nutrition of the milk but it can directly impact her ability to produce enough milk. If your diet is not healthy or if you do not take in enough calories then once the baby has sucked out all of your nutrition there is nothing else for your body to use to make the milk. Ex: third world countries with high starvation rates and high infant mortality rates that are due to mothers unable to breastfeed their babies. I wish you luck with your problem. :) I hope these links help. Talk to your doctor too.
http://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeedin...
http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/breastf...

Faten - posted on 12/30/2009

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I fed my baby until 14 months. Drink alot of water, eat enough, let your baby drink from each breast for enough time not less than 10 minuts each brast when he take more your breast will produce more, try to find somthing calld Taheena it's sasame oil mix it with sugar or tomato and cocumber salad and eat it its perfect

Kerry - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi Kelli,

I have had the same issue with both my babies....just couldnt produce enough milk. I tried everything....pumping every couple of hours plus feeding, Fenugreek and even prescription Domperidone but nothing worked...I was even getting up around 2am every morning and pumping as they say thats the best time to make your milk and make your body produce more. It has resulted in the same both times for me...losing sleep with no gain....but I didnt give up...up until 6 months with my daughter and still currently with my 4 month old son....I express every drop out of me and feed it to him in bottles the next day...what ever that doesnt cover he gets formula. In the end you need to do whats right for you and your son....a full baby is a content baby and that equals a happy mum.

Nadia - posted on 12/30/2009

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Fenugreek herb tablets and blessed thisle tablets available @ health food stores I swear by them ask your child maternal health nurse

Danielle - posted on 12/29/2009

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WOW it seems you have quite a list of things to try! here's another to add to the mix. Nuts

This worked for me, in particular walnuts or raw peanuts (they taste crappy though).

I found beer or wine did not work for me.



Good Luck

Jessica - posted on 12/29/2009

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If you can find fenugreek paired with thyme it works even better.
Pump first thing in the morning, especially, since you are not feeding as much over night.

Cynthia - posted on 12/29/2009

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It's a supply and demand thing...so keep up the efforts and drink a lot of water. There is no special time to pump, just every time you can or feel the need. Pump one side if you have fed on only one side....that will keep up the demand and therefore your supply. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Lina:

Try fenugreek seeds in capsules. It helps to boost mummy's milk production and it's proven! I am selling fenugreek seeds in Malaysia and it does help breastfed moms to enhance their milk production amazingly.


My friend drank fenugreek tea most of the time she was breastfeeding.  She swears by it!!

Alena - posted on 12/29/2009

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because u stopped using the pump your supply would have gone dopwn considerably but you can work it back up again it just means sitting there with the pump again even if theres nothing coming out it will still stimulate for more milk in the end and make sure youre drinking plenty of water!! i also had this problem and am now bottle feeding but i used to try to express bottles for going out straight after i had already fed my daughter because then i knew that she wasnt due for a few more hours and because she had just fed i wouldnt be making her get not enough because of it....

Angela - posted on 12/29/2009

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I hope this helps. I have three children. All breastfed. The first child was the most difficult. She had to be in the NICU. I had to have a c-section so, I didn't get to see her for 24 hours. Since it was my first, my body took a while to figure out when to send the milk. My daughter started trying to nurse in the hospital and I was so scared my milk was not coming in because of the c-section or anesthesia. The lactation consultant told me not to give.up and drink plenty of fluids. The forth day my milk came in and I thought I would die. I felt like I had the flu. I was so engorged and I had no idea what to do. A friend told me to get in a warm shower to get the milk to let down and the feed my baby as soon as I got out. It worked and after a few days the milk came in on my baby's schedule. The surest way to get your milk in is too let the baby nurse. When the baby cries your body will respond. I also had to pump with the second baby. My body new the ropes by then so everything went much easier. By the third baby, your baby could nurse at the blink of an eye. Don't worry, your body knows what to do.

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Every two hours, even at night for three days and youll be set. You need to tell ur brain & you breast you need more.

Shirley - posted on 12/29/2009

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I am a mom of a 7 month old! I pumped and still do right after I feed to make sure I am empty and keep doing so then you will produce more. Also whatever you take out make sure you drink enough to replace it

Elaine - posted on 12/29/2009

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I take a herbal tea called "mother's milk". I take it 3xs a day and it helps me produce more milk.

Pam - posted on 12/29/2009

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Lots of good input here - only one thing I haven't seen mentioned - I'm not sure how old your son is, but you still need extra rest if he's pretty young, and particularly, if he's not sleeping through the night yet.

Abbie - posted on 12/29/2009

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I just rememberd after reading the post DRINK SOME WINE; actually my lactation nurse told me to drink a bottle of NON acohalic beer daily; there is something in the barley to increase milk supply. Maybe it will work foryou. It never did for me!

Deena - posted on 12/29/2009

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Oatmeal works wonders and is very healthy for you. I eat two bowls a day, it is a great source of fiber, tastes great and is low in fat.

Cassandra - posted on 12/29/2009

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This is going to sound super weird, but I assure you it's safe. Drink 1 beer. Just one can (or bottle, whatever.) One beer (looked it up) will not harm your baby, and it helps you produce milk. Worked for me, at least for a couple of days. (I dried up after 2 weeks.)

Also, make sure to keep very hydrated! Drink plenty of water when you're getting ready to pump. :3

Amanda - posted on 12/29/2009

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get in the shower and get h2o as hot as you can and just stand there this will help lots also the more you pump the better

Sheila - posted on 12/29/2009

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also very important start one side they call this the salad then the milk(main course starts flowing..switch breast but remember which breast was last and start on that brest on next feeding and back to the other one fisrt on nest feeding and so on..that is actually important. xoxo ♥

Sheila - posted on 12/29/2009

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drink drink drink water contantly,,,when u start to fill up and babay is not rady to feed yet,pump it, the more milk u supress the more your body will make....my first child didnt care how he got fd and every few months i had to suppliment with formula but pump in between, so i had a lil of the prob sometimes too finally at 11 months he said na just give me the bottle which i did not just gave sippy cup and he was fine with that thankfully...my second son would never take a bottle or pacifier so it was all me so really didnt have a prob h would not even eat his baby cereal if there was formula in it had to be breast milk so i would pump out what he didnt eat and sometimes pump a lil when it wasnt feeding time to store of cereal therfore i neve had problem w/ flow with him but finally at 15 months ...i know i know..lol...i had to just keep him away he would fight me soooo hard but finally weened him. the more u get out the more your body thinks it needs more. I studied this sooo much and had a childrens first nurse program who helped alot. after a certain time it was just compfort and go to sleep feeding and he would never sleep thru night so ijust put him in bed with me and nursed while laying down. All in all water water water i use to carry around 64 oz QT mug full of water(everyone lauphed at me) but i had to becaus he would not tak bottle even if it was my milk...lol...my booby boy. water nurse and pump even if u think its not time ur breast will once u start. dont ust the battery operated ones that have constant cuction as wic for one they have double breasted pumps that pump like a baby suppling. I hope this works. Good luck and God bless...ya know tho for some woman it just doesnt work....but it is alot of work...and u can do it because i can tell u want it to.

Rose - posted on 12/29/2009

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I was struggling with this problem just last week. My daughter is 7 weeks old and I am trying to store breastmilk for when I return to work in a couple of weeks. Pumping after every feeding has worked really well in increasing my supply. After the first morning feeding, I can now pump an extra 2.5 - 3 oz. The first morning feeding is usually the most productive.

Randi - posted on 12/29/2009

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i know this sounds bad, but drink a beer, dont know what it is but something in the yeast i guess causes major production, i dont like beer thats what ive been told numourous times to do

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 12/29/2009

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I had a problem with milk supply for my 1st and 2nd and got the usual advice drink plenty and pump between feeds didn't help much. With the 3rd I consulted a naturpath and she put me on Zinc and recommended Fennel or lemon grass tea. The body needs Zinc to produce milk and most Iron supplements leach zinc from the body. Take a chealated Zinc supplement. If you can get a hold of it you can buy it on line Take Stille tee (german breast feeding tea contains fennel and a couple of other herb no German woman would go with out it when feeding). 3 cups Stille or Fennel tea a day should be enough. I'm still breast feeding my 6th and he is 17 months old.

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Plus you have to make sure you drink LOTS of fluids, water, ESPECIALLY when taking Fenugreek, I took it with one of my sons. Supply and demand, the more you pump to more your body will recognize the need to make more milk.

F.Y.I. The excretes through your pores so it makes your sweat and pee smell like syrup

Donna - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have read some of the replys you have had and wow. I breast feed both of my children. Your body will only peduce the milk your baby needs. If you want to express then the best time is when you are in the bath as your body is more relaxed, try and express at the some time each day so that your body get used to it and it will start to prduce more for you. But remember you should drink plent of fluids when breast feeding..
Hope this helps a bit x

Crystal - posted on 12/28/2009

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try the fenugreek and blessed thistle together, thats is what the nurses at CMH had me do and it worked but you have to keep urself hydrated so drink lots of water!

Hannah - posted on 12/28/2009

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In reguards to the RRLT... That is for the female reproductive system isn't it?

Jordan - posted on 12/28/2009

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Quoting DEANNE:

Raspberry leaf tea works so well. Just drink it like you would any other tea, you get it from the supermarket or health food shop. Try to relaxe, the more tense you are the worse your supply will be. Good luck.



Raspberry leaf tea and anything with Raspberry leaf tea is known to cause stomache pain and can cause constipation in a child.

Jordan - posted on 12/28/2009

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When I began to have this complication with my daughter because they told me I was making too much to back off pumping I was down to a real minimum I called the lactation consultant for northern michigan and she told me to go to a store that sells like healthy foods and organic stuff and get the pills called blessed thistle and fenugreek. They help make more breast milk and want to give you a heads up makes you smell like maple syrup lol. I did this and several people I know did this. It will help

Carolyn - posted on 12/28/2009

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I recently saw a program on this. She was a breastfeeding consultant. She said, after your child feeds from one side. You can actually pump the side he was on, while he feeds on the opposite side. And after his feeding is done, you may pump the last side after that. She says will help produce more production as time passes. Best of Luck!

Hannah - posted on 12/28/2009

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Mother's milk tea is good to drink. It tastes horrible IMO but it worked well for me.

Also, just because you aren't getting alot out when you pump doesn't mean a thing as far as how much milk you have.

:)

Wendy - posted on 12/28/2009

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i was told by my breast feeding consultant to pump in the mornings that is when the milk is more abundent wait 1 hour after feeding pump then wait 1 hour and nurse your baby you can do this all day if you wish. When I pump I only get a few ounces and was told that that was normal. I did try a tea from a health food store called mothers milk it seem to help a little but was not the best tasting I have also heard that fenugreek helps but have not tried it. good luck.

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2009

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I use either a natural herb Fenugreek or Stilltee ( a tea) that you drink either one is used to produce more milk

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