Any advice to increase breast milk?

Chand - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My son is only 6 months old and from last few weeks he is not getting enough milk from my breast. My breast looks like there is plenty of milk but he is not getting enough after couple of minutes of sucking. Any advice?

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Brandie - posted on 10/04/2009

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1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

4 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons flax seed meal

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups oats

1 cup chocolate chips

2-4 tablespoons brewer's yeast

Directions

1Preheat oven to 350°.

2Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

3Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.

4Add eggs and mix well.

5Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.

6Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.

7Add dry ingredients to butter mix.

8Stir in oats and chips.

9Scoop onto baking sheet.

10Bake for 12 minutes.

11Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.



NO SUBSTITUTIONS...the ingredient list is very specific...won't work without brewers yeast and oatmeal! ENJOY :)

Mel - posted on 10/04/2009

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Hi, we have found for the past six months that fennel tea has helped with my milk supply. Not only has it helped with milk, these are the following benefits -



helped reduce her wind when she was in pain, no more upset tummies and wake up through the nights in pain

helped us with no coughs/colds or flus through winter, and everyone around us was sick

acts as a sleep aid, makes you and bub drowsy ( i have also bought this for my 82 yr old nan and she is for the first time sleeping through the night in years

it supposed to help athsma suffers not sure about this, but also my nan suffers asthma and has said she feels like she does not need the puffa that much now



I had three cups had a day for six months, now I occasionally have a tea every two days, but it really reallyhelps with the milk

Theresa - posted on 10/17/2009

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i try to drink a ton of water and also pump for like 5-10 min after you feed your baby-this signals to your body to produce more milk. That's what I have done when I have had a low supply. Stress and lack of sleep will do it, just try to relax and try the pumping. hope that helps

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I am nursing my third child and have found with this one that eating one to two servings of oatmeal a day has helped. Also, I have pumped between feedings on days when it seems baby doesn't seem as interesting in nursing. I only pump for 5-10 minutes and I don't expect a lot but it does increase my supply. I've always been told by my doctor that as long as baby has enough wet diapers and is gaining weight, they are getting enough milk. Drink your water and RELAX!!! One more thing, maybe he is getting enough, my baby is done after about 7 minutes, both breasts, not 7 minutes each. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 10/03/2009

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Make sure you are drinking plenty of water! I know it sounds cliche, but atleast 8 glasses is what you need, especially if you are breastfeeding. Also continue taking your prenatal vitamins. I am still nursing my daughter and I've noticed that eating oatmeal helps increase milk production, also.

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Kate - posted on 10/20/2009

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Sometimes when they get older and don't eat as often milk supply does go down. The drinking water and prenatals can help but what I was told that even when he doesn't want to eat have him suck, or you can try and pump, the more you simulate the more milk should produce. Don't feel sad if you just can't it happens all the time. Remember what you really want is a healthy happy baby no matter how you have to get that! Good luck!

User - posted on 10/15/2009

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i'm drinking plenty of water but it seems that my baby is not getting enough milk and she prefers the bottled milk, how will increase my milk production for my baby

Amy - posted on 10/13/2009

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After a few minutes does he still seem hungry, or satisfied? My son only nurses for 10 minutes and then is satisfied. If he is still hungry, you could try pumping in between feedings, that way your body thinks it need to produce more milk. Also most babies have growth spurs at 6 and 9 months and then usually need more milk. I know with my older son my body never increased production at those time, and I ended up having to supplement with formula around 9 months because I was not making enough milk.

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2009

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At price chopper there is organic mother's milk tea that works wonders, but relaxation is the #1 way to make more milk. The hormone that makes milk is relaxion.......good luck!!

Kaila - posted on 10/08/2009

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There is something called More Milk Plus made by motherlove.You get it from whole food stores(central market here in Austin) It has Fenugreek, Fennel, thistle leaf and nettle leaf. I took it and it noticed a difference but really I think Oatmeal and a ton of water worked the best..The cookies sound great to try!

Rebecca - posted on 10/08/2009

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You can get Fenugreek at any Health Food Store.. And the med. that the doctors prescribe is called REGLAN.. and it seems to help but there is some bad side effects.. They would only let me take it for 3 months and that was it, due to the side effects.

Kellie - posted on 10/07/2009

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hi, i take Fenugreek tablets, you get them from the chemist, they're a herbal tablet. If all else fails the doctors can prescribe tablets that increase milk supply. Your maternal health nurse will be able to tell you what its called but you have to see a doc to get it.

Rebecca - posted on 10/07/2009

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THE FENUGREEK DOESNT WORK!! WELL AT LEAST IT DIDNT FOR ME.. I TRIED EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO TRY!!! AND NOTHING SEEMED TO WORK FOR ME.. WHICH I WASNT SLEEPING GOOD AND ENOUGH (WHICH U NEED!), BECAUSE I WENT BACK TO WORK A WEEK AFTER I HAD MY DAUGHTER, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER... AND ALSO I TOOK A STOMACH MEDICINE CALLED REGLAN THAT HELPS PRODUCE THE MILK! AND YES U SHOULD BE TAKING UR PRENATAL VITAMINS.. NONE OF THE "NATURAL HERBS" THAT THEY TELL U TO GET DIDNT HELP ME... HOPE U FIND THIS SOME HELPFUL :)

Meg - posted on 10/07/2009

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my baby is almost 6 months and I have noticed him getting distracted..It has helped to let him nurse and when he comes off burp and put him back on that side and I have more let downs (or put him on the other side and back to the side you start on) then put him back on the other side when he is ready. he would only suck for maybe 8 minutes and be done on one side...now he stays on longer...I guess he was impatient with the milk not coming down fast enough. I like the lactation cookies. I have tried Motherlove More Milk Plus..it works but the babies poop smells funny..and I have heard low blood sugar side affects for mom. Hope this helps! I guess just keep him sucking longer and he will be more satisfied.

Valerie - posted on 10/07/2009

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Keep giving him/her breast to suck,the more you give the better,the more often you give more milk will come

Bedoor - posted on 10/06/2009

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because u must start giving him some food starting with fruits then vegtables but be aware that not all fruits are ok u can start with apples and banana

and to increasre the breast milk my mother always asks me to eat almonds drink fluids

wish u the best :)

Linzi-Jane - posted on 10/06/2009

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Taking Brewers yeast tablets helps me whenever I feel a bit low on milk also lots of liquids (though I am very bad at this!)

KELLEY - posted on 10/06/2009

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Malt and barley is good for you...So fruit and barley squashes or I have found non alcoholic beer that tasts ok.

Natasha - posted on 10/05/2009

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I will have to remember all this info when i have another baby. I lost my milk when my baby was 8 weeks old. I didn't know how to get it back again. Thanks everyone will have to remember to give it a go!

Tina - posted on 10/05/2009

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When I was nursing my kids, I found that my milk production was strongly affected by how much sleep I got. If I got less than 7 hours of sleep the night before, my production fell dramatically and my son didn't get enough milk to satisfy him- so he would need to nurse for three times as long.

User - posted on 10/05/2009

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If you squeeze your nipple and there's milk coming out, then it means you have milk. My son went through that stage when he was 2 mos old. He will only nurse for 5 to 10 minutes then he don't want to take my breast anymore. As long as he's wetting a lot don't worry about it. He'll cry if he's hungry and if you still want to increase your milk just to be sure, get you some non alcoholic beer or Woman's Nursing Support Tea. Those things helped me a lot. Good luck!

Angelle - posted on 10/05/2009

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When I had my last baby, my lactation specialist told me Fenugreek is supposed to really help. It's a vitamin (I think Nature's Way makes it)...

Meg - posted on 10/05/2009

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i love the cookies!!! I MADE THEM THIS WEEKENED. i hope my milk will increase!!

i used butterscotch chips..

Chand - posted on 10/05/2009

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Wow that is great. I will surely try that. And let you know how did it worked.
Thank you very much.

Brandie - posted on 10/03/2009

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sounds like a growth spurt to me...but definitely lots of fluids...i'd suggest making lactation cookies but you can't eat oatmeal...hmm but you should get some prenatals too :)

Chand - posted on 10/03/2009

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I do drink lots of water. I am allergic to Oatmeals (I can't swallow it because I feel vomit).I don't have any prenatal vitamins. Doctor didn't subscribe me. Do I have to buy it? What are these?

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