Depleting milk supply

Shagufta - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My milk supply has almost gone to zero since i've joined work... my baby doesn't want to breast feed, she is happy with the bottle and as a result even after pumping the milk level has gone down so much that i get almost nothing with the pump. Any advice on how to handle this? Any medicines that can boost milk production?

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Kimberly - posted on 02/14/2010

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The ones I got came in a capsule form--I ordered them from Puritan's Pride--they were very inexpensive. I'm just wondering if you aren't dried up already--how old is your baby? Do you feel like you still have milk-are you full and sore? When's the last time you either nursed or pumped milk out? I know that when I first started to pump, I didn't get much milk, but as the months went on, I would get about 8 or 9 oz in the morning and then more throughout the day. (maybe 20-25 oz per day, but this varies person to person). So your best chance of getting milk is in the the a.m. If you aren't getting any in the morning, I'm guessing there is non to get! :) And do you have a good electric pump? Like one of the Medela ones? I hope this works out for you, since it sounds like something you'd really like to do!! :0)

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Christina - posted on 03/10/2014

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I know from my situation, if I pumped on a more figurious pump setting for a longer period of time I would pump more milk. Some ppl may not be able to handle that setting but you get use to it after the first few min. Hope that helps.

Jacqueline - posted on 02/19/2010

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I had the same problem. When my daughter hit 5-6 months my milk supply diminished drastically. I took a supplement called More Milk Plus. It made a huge difference! There is also a rx medication - can't recall the name of it right now. Check with the lactation consultant at your hospital. It's only available through compounding pharmacies b/c it's not FDA approved. However, it's only b/c it caused medical problems for terminally ill patients receiving massive quantities in IV form. Most doctors will prescribe it and feel it is perfectly safe and very beneficial. You can also drink mother's milk tea (although it's disgusting if you're not a tea drinker). I wasn't eating enough or getting enough water and once I did all of the above and increased my caloric and water intake, my milk supply increased greatly! Good luck!

Jane - posted on 02/19/2010

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Remember, for the most part, breastfeeding is all about supply and demand. The more the demand, the better the supply. If she's not breastfeeding, then pump, pump, pump....every 2-3 hours. Eventually, if your body is in check, you should start supplying more.

Angela - posted on 02/17/2010

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SLEEP!!! Between work, carrying for a newborn & taking care of the house, it's easy to forget to rest & eat well yourself. Hang in there, it does take a period of adjustment, but your milk supply should pick up again. Good luck & hang in there!

Izzy - posted on 02/16/2010

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lots of dark green vegies, like spinach, Lots of fluids (water) and soups. Also, Non-alcoholic beer works extremely well. Try giving the baby about five minutes on each breast when hungry before the bottle to stimulate milk production. If they don't suckle you won't produce.
good luck

Lana - posted on 02/16/2010

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I hope you solved your problem. I was in the same situation. My daughter is now 4 months old and I have stoped nursing all together. I returned to work when she was 3 months old and I pumped every 2 hours and would get like one oz from both!! I tried Fenugreek pills, Drinking allot of water, pumping/nursing frequently and NOTHING seemed to work...So after making myself feel bad and stressed out I finaly decided to give up. I even went to the doctor to check my thyroid and he said everythings fine, I'm just one of those women who can't produce any more milk and that it's pretty common. Bottom line is, the babies had the BEST PART of our milk for the first few days of life and we should be proud :)

Bea - posted on 02/15/2010

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I had similar problem around 6months and frequent pumping (even with small results) helped keep up the b-feeding, also I would add milk to my tea all the time (this is what women in Polen do since generations :)) .....do not know if that something that is boosting the milk production....but anyhow I was able to b-feed my son until he was alsmost 13month. Try as long as you can do not give up....since it will pay back in the health of your baby! No asthma or allergy issues, and other ugly stuff. Good luck!

Shagufta - posted on 02/14/2010

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You guessed it right dear , I'm from India but my daughter makes sure i stay online in your time zone as well :D

Kimberly - posted on 02/14/2010

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I'm guessing you aren't from the U.S.?? :0) yes, let me know! Just make sure your pump is working properly--it should feel like there is a lot of pressure, it might even hurt a little when you first start... If you can start pumping away, it will be a piece of cake, and you and little Laaibah will be so happy!

Shagufta - posted on 02/14/2010

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The supply hasn't dried out completely. Laaibah turned 4 months yesterday. I use Pigeon Mini electric pump . let me try fenugreek, will let u know how it goes. thanks again for your help :)

Shagufta - posted on 02/14/2010

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Thanks a ton Kimberly. How do u take fenugreek seeds? in theri natural form or u soak them in water or anything else? A friend told me about Cumin seeds as well... i tried pumping, but no milk comes out, so 5 mins of pumping at each breast with no milk; is that ok? any experience on that?

Kimberly - posted on 02/13/2010

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Only advice I have to give is----make sure you're pumping frequently...every 3 to 4 hrs--it may take your body a couple wks. to become adjusted. I've read a lot about taking Fenugreek to boost milk production...when I actually took it (I'm terrible at remembering to take pills!), I think it worked. You can do your own research on the herb, and decide! good luck:) If nothing else, you tried your best!!

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