Is it too late to increase my milk if my baby is 3 months? And if not please tell me how!

Melissa - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I work full time so its a little difficult but I really need to increase my milk! Im using way too much formula and its making me really sad, which increases my stress which I know doesnt help. Please let me know how I can do this and how long it takes!?!?

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Stout is supposed to be good. Don't know if it is, but it tastes good! But it's got to be Guiness! (Note: this is a personal suggestion, I haven't heard it from a health professional.) Maybe it relaxes you. Drink lots of water, eat healthy food, and breastfeed often. When you can't actually breastfeed, express.

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Jamie - posted on 03/14/2010

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FENUGREEK~ when ever my milk seems too low for my sons need I take 2 pills am & pm and the milk comes flowin!

Jeanette - posted on 03/13/2010

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Hi, I've notice that the more water or liquid i drink, the more milk i produced. So just try to drink as much water as possible, it has work for me. Good luck!!

Tracy - posted on 03/07/2010

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Hi Melissa. Sounds like you have gotten some really good advice from other moms. I am a WIC Nurse. Make sure you pump at work and put baby to the breast when you are at home, about every hour to two hours til your milk comes in. Since we don't give information on herbal supplements, I don't know about the tea's, but it sounds like the other mom's know, might not hurt to use them as well. Good luck and congratulations on wanting to give your baby the best nutrition and health.

Rebecca - posted on 03/05/2010

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Straight Fenugreek - at whole foods - and dark, dark beer. And lots of pumping, but you knew that. Works like a charm.

Melissa - posted on 03/05/2010

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You guys are all amazing thank you soo much! I knew I just needed to pump more and get some of those suplements but I guess it takes someone telling me to start actually believing myself and going for it! As for the beer, Im sure I can fit that in lol The sad part is is that I was producing A LOT and my STUPID STUPID nurse told me I was producing enough for the whole neighborhood (which was a total exageration) and so she told me to slow down on pumping! AGH I hate to even talk about it lol so you obviously all know that my milk supply dropped a huge amount :( AND it was right around the time I started working so Im limited to pumping every 4 hours or so and thats fine but it doesnt help me to increase my milk! Anyway, thank you ladies so much if anyone else has any more suggestions keep em coming!! :)

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No, it's not too late. Drink Mother's Milk Tea (health food stores carry it) and start pumping like crazy. You have to trick your body in to thinking your baby is going through a growth spurt.

Melissa - posted on 03/04/2010

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well believe it or not half a glass of beer. I heard about this so i asked a lactation consultant and she confirmed. I was having supply issues so for 2 days i tried a glass of beer and sure enough my milk was flowing.

Audra - posted on 03/04/2010

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Have you tried Mother's Milk tea? It really worked for me. I actually relacted myself after weaning for six weeks. I also pumped a lot!!! Fenegrek (not sure how to spell it) is a natural herb you can take that increases milk supply. It's in the Mother's Milk tea. And, above all, you can't be stressed--that is counteractive. No matter what you are doing, you are bonding with your baby. My first wouldn't nurse and I was devestated until my doctor told me it's better to have a mom who isn't stressed then to worry so much about nursing. That really helped relieve my guilt. I have four kids-one all formula, one 1/2 and 1/2, my third nursed till he was one, and my little girl had to be weaned at 9months cause I got sick....they are now 15, 12, 7 and 3 and doing GREAT.

Cheryl - posted on 03/04/2010

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Try pumping as often as possible. It may help to listen to a recording, on your phone or something, of your baby crying before you feed him/her. Milk is made on a supply / demand basis...in other words, the more you demand the more supply your body will make. Good luck!

Tiffani - posted on 03/04/2010

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There is a herb called Fenugreek (sp) that helps. There is a tea from "Traditional Medicinal Teas" called Organic Mother's milk that has the herb in it. I drank that a few times a day and ate a snack at midnight feeding. Had to stop trying to loose the baby weight (it was only a year) and took a nap in the day. And feed feed feed, or pump. It took me about a month to get enough milk that I didn't have to supplement with formula. Hope that helps.

Vickie - posted on 03/04/2010

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Are you able to pump while at work (like on breaks or at lunch)? The best that I can say is to pump as frequently as possible, sometimes you may get more then others, but your body will produce what it feels is needed to keep the baby feed properly. It is up to your body on how long it will take to produce more though. I know that there is a old wise tale that oatmeal will help to increase your supply. Needless to say I ate a lot of oatmeal (including oatmeal cookies) right after I had my kiddos. Although the were Breastfeed only I actually produced more then they would eat and had to pump to be able to relieve the pressure, sometimes I would have to pump so they could latch on.

Good Luck and God Bless!

Meghan - posted on 03/04/2010

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I didnt have this problem but a friend of mine did and the doctor put her on pills. I have also heard of moms having older children and wanting to return back to nursing and these pills restart lactation...maybe google this pills (because like I said I dont know anything other than what my friend has told me) and maybe make an appoinment with your doctor and ask them

Kassi - posted on 03/04/2010

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also it started helping right away. i was told the warmth helps bring it down

Kassi - posted on 03/04/2010

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i found that the more they latch on or the more u stand in the shower and let the warm water run on ur chest it makes the milk come more. i did that everyday and my milk came in a lot thicker after i did that! hope that helps!

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