no breast milk

Alisi - posted on 06/22/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Dear members, my daughter is 6 months and one week old and my b/milk is almost dry u.She bottle feeds all day till about 8pm when i get home. However, there's hardly enough for her to feed on for the night when i get home. Any mothers facing the same challenge?

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Jenni - posted on 06/22/2011

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Do you pump while away?
If possible, co sleeping helps keep and boost supply. Allowing your baby to nurse as much as possible. There are also herbal suppliments you can speak to your doctor about that help boost supply.
Pump after every feed to ensure you are draining both breasts.
Good luck!

Stifler's - posted on 07/08/2011

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Fenugreek is good but makes you smell like maple syrup. I took domperidone (prescription from the doctor) to boost my supply when I was attempting to feed my kids (never worked for me but it might for you).

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Laurie - posted on 07/10/2011

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It sounds like you are not pumping while you are away from your daughter. Less demand = Less Supply. If you pump while at work that will help. Alternatively, if you just can't, try feeding her whatever you have directly on the days you have off and then when you are home during the week. If you keep doing that, your milk supply should increase somewhat and will tend to be heaviest in the evening and in the morning since that is when your daughter is actually eating most of the time. You may not be producing enough to feed a hungry six month old an entire meal, but every little bit helps! Your body will maintain production - even at only one or two feeds per twenty four hour period indefinitely as there are mothers who continue to breastfeed their kids until the age of 3 or 4 or later and after 18 months or so it would be usually once or twice a day, either first thing in the morning or last thing at night. You are simply there earlier due to your circumstances. If you do get extended time off (vacation etc) and start feeding much more regularly, your milk supply will increase quite quickly to match, even if your daughter is a year or more old at that point!

Jaime - posted on 06/23/2011

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I'm not sure what to suggest because I was only able to bf for three weeks. I agree with Jennifer, talk to your doc about some herbal supplements to help boost your supply and maybe try pumping more and instead of giving her just formula throughout the day, give her some bottles with breast milk as well.

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