I am having to pump and feed my baby girl completely by bottle. What is the best way to increase my milk supply and how do I keep it from decreasing?

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Kristi - posted on 03/13/2009

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Get brewer's yeast (I used KAL brand) and take it daily with fruit juice. I did this when I had to start pumping and my milk supply never faltered. It also makes your skin super soft!

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Tara - posted on 03/19/2009

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You can also take Alfalfa tablets. Sounds crazy but it seemed to help me when my supply went down. And pump as often as you can.

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You have to stimulate your milk glands!  if you continue to stimulate your breast by your child  or by pumping ( which I did after six months).  Your breast will continue to produce milk.    Your breast will decrease it's milk base on usage.  ( I know it sounds bad)  But if you do not "use " it the body will thibk you do not need it.  



 



 

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Drink a beer - I was also an exclusive pumper and it worked for me. Along with regular pumping for at least twenty minutes on each side and lots of fluids.
Good luck!

User - posted on 03/14/2009

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Mothers milk tea seems to work pretty well. My local GNC did not have it but I was able to get it at the Vitamin Shoppe.

Becky - posted on 03/14/2009

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I had to do this with both my babies for different reasons. I purchased a double electric breast pump from Medela. Made life so much easier and was able to express for six months with my daughter but only four wiht my son.



Drink lots of water, express often. Also i had a hand held pump to take out with me and would either pump in a baby change room or sometimes in a changing room of a shop! Then i would either discard the milk or give straight to the kids.

Andrea - posted on 03/13/2009

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Fluids, oatmeal, healthy foods and sleep (I know this one can be hard). I think getting more sleep helped me the most. Try to stay on a schedule. If you skip a pumping session this could decrease your supply.

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2009

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There are some foods you can try to increase your supply.  Unfortunately they didn't work for me, but I just couldn't produce enough milk.  Try almonds (a few handfulls a day), oats (like oatmeal, or oatmeal cookies made with whole oats), papaya (a few slices a day), coconut oil (I found capsules at GNC).  This website has a lot more than I mentioned



http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article...



Also, make sure you have a pump designed for exclusive pumping (a hospital grade pump like the Medela Symphony).  Make sure you are pumping as often as she is eating, and pumping both breasts at the same time is good too.  I also tried Reglan, a prescription medication.  I hope you have better luck than I did.

Kristen - posted on 03/13/2009

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I called the lactation consultant at the hospital, and she requested a couple herbs. I can't remember what now, but you can probably call yours or maybe even look online. I purchased them at the health food store and they seemed to help!

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Drink a lot of fluid......lots.  Water, milk, juices.  Pumping frequently will keep the supply going.  You may want to also check with your ob-gyn or lactation support about Mother's Milk tea and fenugreek supplements.  These are non-prescription but check with them if you need these. 



I am not aware of your situation but you can latch your baby when you are together, before or after bottle-feeding, or even just let her stay at your breast if she doesn't seem interested or cant latch.  It's a great way to nourish the bond too.  Good luck.

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