Lactation consultation

Mary - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My milk is drying up no matter what I try to do. I'm a full time working mom and I pump 3 times 15-20 minutes each time while I'm at work. I also nurse the baby 3 times and once in the middle of the night. The baby is 7 months old and I have been pumping for 4 months. I have been taking large quantities of Fenugreek to try and increase my milk supply but it keeps decreasing. I was hoping to get the baby through the worst of the illnesses this winter before stopping. What do I do?

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Renee - posted on 12/08/2009




Get your doctor to prescribe domperidone. I have been on it since my daughter was one month old. She is 7 months now and I'm still taking it 3 pills 3 times a day. It really works and is safe to use.

Jodi - posted on 12/08/2009




What makes you think your milk is drying up? Perhaps your milk is decreasing simply because your son is eating some solids now and doesn't need as much breast milk? In any case I would find a local La Leche League, they have great lactation consultants. Also, your local WIC office should be able to get you in touch with a lactation consultant. Best of luck!

Minnie - posted on 12/08/2009




At seven months your son can have solids and water while you're at work and you can nurse him when you're together. Nurse him before you leave, frequently in the evening, and througout the night. Bedshare, as that is a great way to maintain prolactin levels and get in much-needed cuddles.

Pumping is not necessary.

Pumps are not as efficient at stimulating and draining your breasts as your baby is. Many women can't sustain much pumping later into their babies' first year. Once your supply is well-regulated you are just going to produce what is removed- and a pump isn't great at that. So- nurse your baby at your breast when you can- offer it- don't wait for your baby to ask for it, and send him to his care giver with what you can pump and/or solids and water.

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