How do you produce more breastmilk?

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Shannon - posted on 06/27/2009

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I too have this problem, my baby was very large and I do not have enough milk for her, my doctor prescribed me 'motillium' to increase my supply, I was also told to drink plenty of water and eat porridge or oats in any form! I was also told to pump 45 minutes after breastfeeding my baby as this gave enough time for more milk to be produced before the next feed. This is working for me, as I sup. feed with formula after breastfeeding I am noticing a decrease in the amount of formula my baby is taking daily. Which tells me that the breastmilk must be increasing! I am hoping to be breastfeeding only soon. I hope this advice helps :)

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Vicki - posted on 11/22/2011

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Breastfeed on demand, lots of skin to skin, take a bath together. Try to relax (hard I know!) and take time to gaze into your baby's eyes to get the oxytocin flowing.

Also, what makes you think your supply is low? That can make a difference.

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 11/22/2011

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Yes, most of the poster's here are correct. Night feedings helped me ALOT because my baby was born in the 90th percentile in weight : / I'm very small in the boob department so I was thinking, wow I cannot conceivably produce enough milk for this child- but somehow I managed it! I basically had him sleeping next to me for the first couple of weeks, just letting him feed during the night time any time he wanted which made me produce soooo much milk- I had some stashed in the freezer most times. Trust me and the rest of us here- on demand feeding is the key! Supply = demand :D Good Luck!

Lynlee - posted on 06/27/2009

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I agree with Lisa. Breastfeed on demand and feed the baby from the first breast for as long as she will take it, then burp her and offer the next breast. Don't time feeds or have ten minutes per side for example. If baby is hungry put her to the breast and let her suckle even if you feel that you have no milk to give her. The sucking stimulates the breast to produce more milk and within 24-48 hours you will be able to provide what she wants.

Minnie - posted on 06/27/2009

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If you are nursing as you should to increase your supply you won't have time to pump. Pumps are inefficient at expressing milk and at stimulating your breasts. If you truly are not meeting baby's needs to get enough calories in one feeding session then baby will want to nurse very frequently. No need to pump.

Make sure that baby's latch is good, that you are not supplementing with bottles, that you are feeding on demand and not offering pacifiers, etc. Middle of the night nursings are good for increasing supply.

Carrie - posted on 06/27/2009

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I am taking fenugreek 3 times a day and u can try a power pump. Pump 10 min on 10 min off for one hour every day. that worked for me.

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I agree with the pumping. Supply and demand. Your body is an amazing thing and will produce more if you show it that it needs to produce more

Sabrina - posted on 06/27/2009

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I agree with pumping. When you nurse (if possible) give the child to someone else to burp and change and while that's happening pump for 5-8 mins. That way you'll stimulate the milk ducts.
Also, remember to drink lots of water, try to eat oatmeal or those quaker oats cereal bars or a yeasty (dark) beer like Ginness or Killians. Go to www.kellymom.com for more advice. The new thing is to make lactation cookies. They're just like oatmeal cookies just made with stuff like brewers yeast to help make more milk. You can find the recipe on allrecipes.com. Hope it helps!

Shondeleena - posted on 06/27/2009

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Try Mother's Milk tea from a health food store. I wasn't producing much milk at first either and I drank that and took Fenugreek seed vitamins 3 times a day and the milk statred coming right away. Also try pumping more often. hope that helps

Sarah - posted on 06/27/2009

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Do you pump at all? Because the more you need, the more you produce. So if you pump, your body should start producing more to meet up with the demand. Also, drink a LOT of fluids...it helps too!

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