What are some tricks to increase milk supply?

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My 3 month old baby girl is not satisfied with just a breast-feeding, she still acts hungry so I give her a small bottle 2-3oz. I would love to cut out the bottles, but I don't seem to have enough milk.

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Hanna - posted on 06/10/2009

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my son refuses to nurse (because he was always big) and at 3 months he eats 6-7 oz every 2-3 hours so i really have to keep on top of my milk supply. here are the things that i've tried:

1. fennugreek (two pills twice a day)
2. drink plenty of water -- the same at least 8 8oz glasses a day that u used to do during pregnancy, you should still be drinking now
3. a big mug of black tea with milk about 10 minutes before before the feeding twice a day
4. a glass of dark beer a day (guinness or boston lager or something along those lines) just drink it before you go to bed at night to give it 5-6 hrs before the next pumping to get alcohol out of ur system -- in europe, it's actually something they give to women in hospitals who just gave birth to make milk come in
5. oatmeal -- supposed to stimulate milk production
6. ginger (just add it to your salad) -- stimulates letdown of the milk

and most importantly make sure that you fully empty out your breasts at each feeding/pumping. sometimes it means taking a 3-4 minute break and massaging your breasts for all the milk to come down and then pumping again -- if your breasts are empty, it's a signal for your glands to produce more, if they aren't, then sometimes even more frequent feedings/pumpings to don't help increase it. if you have the feeling that your breasts still have something left in them but u just can't get it out, then definitely eat ginger and do breast massages to stimulate the letdown. and get plenty of rest -- nap with your baby, have ur husband wake up at night or maybe do some of the chores around the house so that you can get some zzzz in (after all you are the source of food for your baby) -- it will definitely help a lot with milk production.
good luck!

Minnie - posted on 06/12/2009

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You put your baby to your breast whenever she wants it. Even if she JUST nursed. Seriously. That's how breastfeeding works. Baby frequently feeds, thus stimulating your breasts to produce more milk. It's not a system that needs to be overthought or complicated with herbs and pumps.



You are never 'out' of milk. Stop supplementing. That's a sure-fire way to reduction in your supply and an early end to your breastfeeding relationship.

Lynlee - posted on 06/12/2009

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Breatfeed more! That's the best way to produce more milk, even if she is sucking on a empty breast, she will be stimulating the breast to produce more milk and within 24-48 hours you will be able to provide the extra that she wants, provided you are looking after yourself, drinking and eating enough etc. When you bottlefeed, you are kind of continuing the problem as it is not getting your breast to produce more milk.

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Sierra - posted on 10/24/2012

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I just had a baby boy 8 days ago and while we were in the hospital he was latching on just fine and now that we r home he doesn't seem to b latching right so I have been pumping so he at least gets food but now it seems that IM not making enough milk with me pumping. What should I do because I would love to continue to breast feed??

Samantha - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting Tori:

What are some tricks to increase milk supply?

My 3 month old baby girl is not satisfied with just a breast-feeding, she still acts hungry so I give her a small bottle 2-3oz. I would love to cut out the bottles, but I don't seem to have enough milk.



If she feeds and stops, it doesn't mean that she is finished, she could be relaxing until her tummy settles before drinking more.  Try to feed her from each side at every feeding.  If she doesn't feed often, pump between feedings.  Make sure you drink to keep from getting dehydrated, but if you drink too much water you will actually decrease your supply.  No more than 72ozs of water a day.  If she doesn't drink from both sides, try pumping the other side.  Hope this helps.

Chrissy - posted on 06/10/2009

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I had a lot of trouble keeping my supply up, and it was so hard hearing her cry when I was out of milk and she was still hungry (I also would give her a bottle, I used stored breastmilk from early on). Make sure you are drinking plenty of liquids, and getting enough calories. I also took Fenugreek and Mother's Milk Tea (also fenugreek) which can help. The other thing I did was pump for 10 minutes after each feeding. The extra stimulation causes you to produce more milk. I couldn't get my daughter to nurse more to build the supply, she just got frustrated. And the hardest thing, try to not let it stress you out. Stress makes it worse!

I don't know how often your daughter gets up at night. 3 months is about the time mine started sleeping through the night, and that caused a dip in my supply as well. Pumping before I went to bed helped with that. Some mothers get up and pump in the middle of the night, but I was very fond of my sleep :-)

Emily - posted on 06/10/2009

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When i was nursing my now 9 month old I used fenugreek and after i would feed him i would pump or like 15 mins. this helped greatly, now only does it give you milk that you can freeze or use for bottle feedings, it also helps increase your supply! good luck!

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2009

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The best way to get more supply is to put that baby on the boob constantly, at 3 months your girl should be feeding all day and night because she is going through a growth spurt, and trying to naturally increase the milk supply for her next part of life (3-6 months), this will happen every 3 months. Spend 3 days at home just breastfeeding, you will be suprised just how fast your supply will go up. Remove the bottle feeding the only thing a bottle will do is raise the oods of ruin your breastfeeding relationship.

Annette - posted on 06/09/2009

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Hi there

Fenugreek and blessed thistle are herbal remedies that are supposed to help with milk supply. I was also put on a medication called domperidone as I am trying to nurse twins, and didn't have enough milk. But it doesn't sound like you need to do that. Also get plenty of rest! as this is important as well. (easier said than done i know)



All the best

Annette

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