Breast milk

Antonia Kim - posted on 10/07/2013 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Help!! My breast milk supply is very low,what can I do to increase it?

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Sally - posted on 10/11/2013

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Why do you think your supply is low?
If you're not getting very much when you pump, that doesn't mean your supply is low. Pumps are not nearly as efficient as babies.
If your baby is fussy, it doesn't mean your supply is low. Being hungry is only one of many, many reasons babies can fuss. A fussy baby after eating is more likely to be a sign of their tummy reacting badly to something you ate than of them not eating enough.
If your baby is nursing more, it doesn't mean your supply is low. They could be having a growth spurt or be needing more comfort for some reason.
If your breasts aren't hard and leaky anymore, congratulations! They have figured things out. A hard, leaky breast is making more milk than is needed and will start making less to even out. A happy, producing-the-right-amount breast will be soft and only leak during let down.
As long as your baby is producing 6-8 wet diapers per day, growing normally, and meeting milestones, you are giving them plenty of milk.
If your supply actually is low, there are several teas, cookies, and pills full of herbs that boost milk production. Other methods are eating a bowl of oatmeal (the less processed forms are better) every day, staying hydrated but not overhydrating (too much water can slow your milk production as much at too little), the occasional dark beer (can also help you relax to aid let down), getting enough rest, and nursing more.
Do not let fear of low supply lead to supplementing with formula. Breastmilk operates under the law of supply and demand. Feeding your baby something else takes away the demand which takes away the supply.

Amena - posted on 11/12/2013

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Keep hydrated! Drinks lots of water, more than milk. I can say this confidently cuz my OBgyn advised me and it works. I went out of country for 6 days after 45 days my son was born. I took my pump with me and would regularly pump but even after all that hassle when I returned my supply was extremely LOW. I consulted my OBgyn and she told me to drink lots of water and FEED the baby. And just how she said it would take almost 7-10 days for my supply to regain, it took exactly that much time. And since then I never had a problem. Until today I feed my son (who is almost a year) 100% breast-milk and will continue until HE decides not to, lol.

Cassy - posted on 11/10/2013

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hi try porridge oats.i heard they help increase your milk supply.if you dont like them as a breakfat.make flapjacks with them.very yummy.eat one while nursing.not only will it help your milk supply but give you energy.hope this helps

Celeste - posted on 10/31/2013

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First, we need to figure out if your supply is truly low. Many times, moms who think their supply is low are looking at the wrong things. Can you tell me what's going on?

In general, as long as baby is getting enough diapers, supply is fine. Frequency of nursing, pump output, feel if breasts are not accurate ways to judge supply.

The best way to increase supply is by nursing often because supply works on supply and demand.

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Try fenugreek tabs. It helped me to a point where i had to stop taking becoz my supply was too much

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Brook - posted on 01/16/2018

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I had low supply with my first. I took "healthy nursing tea" and pumped a ton with a rented hospital grade pump. I did several pumps a day and drank plenty of tea as well. It took a few days but eventually, my milk supply was adequate to feed my baby.

Khyesha - posted on 06/12/2015

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This happens when the baby doesn't latch on right, which causes them to only suck on the nipple and that causes your nipples to hurt. Try cupping your breast like a c and make sure your baby's mouth is opened as wide as it goes and pull his head to your breast. Make sure he has the areola and nipple in his or her mouth and his or her lips should be flinged out. I hope this is helpful for you

Ing - posted on 03/02/2015

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Elline, try to go see lactation consultant. I had the pain, and sometimes it is because the baby is not latched on correctly. His/her mouth shall cover all the areola, then it wouldn't hurt. I also used Lansinoh lanolin cream. Gel pad (like Lansinoh therapearl) is for the breast not for the nipple, but it helped to in my case. Hope it gets better..
Amber, sometimes the type of pump you use also matters. I get less with the Ameda electric, get more with Medela electric, the 2 minutes in higher frequency does help. My friend used fenugreek supplement and it does help, she is oversupply now. You also need to drink a lot of water and soup. In Asia, this one is famous: http://www.foodmayhem.com/2011/04/pigs-f...

Elline - posted on 01/08/2015

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I am breast feeding but my nipples are sensitive and they hurt tremendously that I am almost giving up. Tried soothing cream and gel pad... Will this pain go away eventualy? Does this happen to everyone?

Amber - posted on 12/19/2014

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Even throughout the night? Should i set an alarm so i can wake up and pump or just when im awake

Andreak - posted on 12/19/2014

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You have to pump every 3 hours if you don't breastfeeding feed to let your body know it needs to make more milk. if your breasts are empty it will make more but if there still somewhat full then you need to either let baby empty or you need to pump the milk out. Hope this helps

Amber - posted on 12/18/2014

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Please let me know again how u increased your breastmilk supply to 50 ounces!!! I can barely get 2 into a bottle, thanks

Ahndrea - posted on 08/15/2014

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Nurse ALOT! That will tell your body to make more milk! Also drink lots of water and a good diet is very important . Wish you the best

Cheyenne Kimberly - posted on 08/11/2014

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If you are like me you will hate the tea that increases your supply (it's nasty). I went to the health store and got these capsules called (lactation formula, Christopher's original formula) it helped so much for me, and the pricing is nice. I got mastitis and that needed up my supply pretty bad. Now my son is 11 weeks old and I get 50 ounces every 24 hours.

Priyanka - posted on 06/09/2014

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Hi, I have a 15 months old son. He still wants breastfeeding at night without it he is not able to sleep. Is it ok to breastfeed till this age and further. Or I should stop doing it

Katie - posted on 04/14/2014

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Brewers yeast works wonders to increase suppy. Try it in a smoothie, google the recipe for 'tigers milk'. Also look for a lactation cookie recipe. I used both and my volumes increased within a couple of days. Hope this helps :-)

Tracy - posted on 04/12/2014

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There are a lot of milk supporting teas out there. I noticed a big time increase in my milk production after just 3 days of drinking the tea. Actually I had an increase the first day but I thought it was just in my head - after 3 days I knew it wasn't! I was soaking thorough my breast pads and would wake up with a soaking wet shirt at night :P

You can go to Sunrise health foods in KP and perhaps vita health or order it on line. Just to name my favourite 3 brands are: Weleda Nursing Tea (favourite) , Traditional Medicinals Tea - Organic Mother's Milk and Yogi Organic Woman's Nursing Support. They all have a bit of a black licorice taste to them :)

Diana - posted on 04/09/2014

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I would eat oatmeal in the morning, drink lots of water and snack on nuts when pumping :)

Ingreid Sarahjane - posted on 03/22/2014

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your milk will not get thicker,when you start breast feed,your baby will get a liquid which is usually name as the first milk,it is very imortant then when baby continues to drink milk will be producing everytime.

Ingreid Sarahjane - posted on 03/22/2014

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you must eat well,take balanced meal.drink lot of milk and take food full of iron.more your baby breast feed more milk will be produce,so give your baby breast feeding,don't stop it at any moment.

Tessahart1 - posted on 02/12/2014

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Hello im a new mum my lg is 2weeks and 2 days and im breastfeeding im just wondering when does the milk get thicker

Neetu - posted on 01/02/2014

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Hi my daughter is 6 weeks old and she always refused to take breastmilk she is on formula and I am pumping. What can I do?????

Valeria - posted on 12/16/2013

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Drink lots of water but also remember that the more your baby latches on the more milk you will produce! Oatmeal is wonderful as well.

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2013

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feed, feed, feed the baby! Let them nurse to their hearts content - that will send a message to your body that says, "make more milk!". Also, are you working out? Reduce the amount of arm exercises if you are.

Carolina - posted on 11/09/2013

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I struggled a lot with this. It took me 2 weeks before my milk flow was decent. Before that my baby was on formula and breast milk( what little I could pump). Natural is best... you will hear people say eat more...drink more water...take fenugreek... don't ! Its a bunch of crap I think, at least for me. I tried it all...I started even eating less and drink less liquids and my milk supply went up. My freezer is now full(seriously). Something having to do with a hormone that you need to produce milk and you demolish it my over eating and drinking liquids...good luck momma! Hope it helped also I exclusively pump.

Kate - posted on 11/09/2013

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1. Eat enough calories yourself.
2. Take Mothers milk capsules
3. Eat oatmeal
4. Pump for a shorter amount of time more often. Even as little as 5 minutes can work.
5. Breathe and stay hydrated.

Ashley - posted on 11/06/2013

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Fenugreek seed capsules, and drink A LOT of water. Also right after the baby eats pump from that same breast. I have been told by my sister in law (who goes to a consultant as she has twins and really struggled in the beginning) that even if the pump is not getting anything it is stimulating the breast to let it know you need more milk. Breast milk is Supply on Demand so the more you get milk out the more it will produce. I struggled with my first and gave up. I am getting to the same point now with my second and I am trying my best to keep it going. Fenugreek seed has helped so much! i was told (and it is true) that once you start smelling like maple syrup, you have the right dose of the Fenugreek. I hope this helps. Dont give up

Pamela - posted on 11/06/2013

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I wouldn't pump - you need to empty your breasts completely to tell your body to produce more milk. The best way is to have baby nurse often and drain at least one breast. Lastly, eat oatmeal. There is something within the oats that have us produce more milk. Stay away from sage because that spice will instantly deplete your milk supply. Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

JOSLEYN - posted on 11/04/2013

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I have a question im still breastfeeding my little boy but im going slow on milk and i was reading all the comments but i dont know if you guys are talking abt the funegrek tea or the pill? Please help

Khari - posted on 10/30/2013

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Hi Antonia, when my supply was low, my doctor told me to pump more often. When I did this, my milk supply increased significantly. Pump like every two hours....even if you have enough bottles for your baby that day, just pump. In the beginning, nothing or very little will come out at times but don't worry, the more you pump, the more your glands will start to produce more milk. Sometimes some milk will go to waste but it's better than not having any at all. Don't worry about night time, just sleep and pump when you wake up... hopes this helps!

A - posted on 10/24/2013

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The best thing to do is to nurse as much as possible, but there are supplements that will help. I take:

Fenugreek
Shatavari
Moringa
Motherlove More Milk Plus

And I drink the milk maid tea and have made the cookies mentioned below.

Good luck to you!

Tiffany - posted on 10/19/2013

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Hi! My son is 10 months old and I am still nursing. I cater my diet to him, meaning drinking lots of water and sticking to healthy foods, and steering clear of a lot of sodium, etc. I would ask your doctor before taking any supplements or drinking any tea. I have made "lactation cookies" a couple times when I was worried my production was low (I will list the website below). Before doing anything though, I would always at least consult with my physician just to be sure. Hope this helps, Good Luck! :)

website for lactation cookies:
http://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeedi...

Irene - posted on 10/19/2013

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Keep breastfeeding ur baby often and production will increase but the next time u are pregnant massage the tip of your breast with vasline cream till you put to birth,that way your milk production is high

Karla - posted on 10/18/2013

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Hi their ok this might not be ideal or for everyone but my family is really old school mexican and they always always told me to drink dark beer i dont mean 2-3 just half of 1 or just 1 and honestly for me it worked but drinking water and oatmeal also helped a lot:) good luck to you.

Christie - posted on 10/10/2013

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Consider how much fluid you take in throughout the day. In my experience, not drinking enough water or consuming anything that dehydrates (namely caffeine) can decrease your supply within hours. I have tried supplements to increase my supply temorarily, such as lactation cookies (store bought/homemade) or herbal teas like Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Tea.

If these changes don't help, definitely consult a lactation specialist.

Athalyah - posted on 10/10/2013

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I'm using these great natural pills I got from my health food store called Christopers Mothers Milk. They give me all the milk I need for my daughter PLUS MORE . I have to use nursing pads all the time now because my breast leak. And also the fenugreek in the pills makes your breast larger and not saggy because its a natural breast size enhancer as well so I look great ! :-D talk about killing two birds with one stone right !? lol

Jennifer - posted on 10/08/2013

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the mothers milk herb is great!!! try getting a few extra pumping sessions in.

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