Going back to work, and low milk supply

Erika - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any advice to increase my supply?Its unfortunate that Ive had to supplement with formula bc of my low milk supply. I feed him from me constantly but alot of the time he either falls asleep during the feeding and wakes up hungry and following that isnt able to get as much milk, and sometimes it seems he just doesnt get enough because he cries and gets really aggravated while at the breast. I am going back to work soon and trying to figure a way to soley give him breast milk while im away. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Jessica - posted on 12/10/2016

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My breast milk suddenly went low at 4 months and was not able to exclusively breastfeed my baby, but since I started drinking Healthy nursing tea my milk came in with full flow.

Sanaa - posted on 11/22/2015

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You should take Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea that works greatly...Organic tea sweet naturally I used it with my 2 kids with great result.
Good luck!

Katie - posted on 05/04/2010

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meant to say also, when had screaming baby at the breast, refusing to feed, we'd go for a 5 min walk in our back yard.
most times she'd feed ok when we came back inside.
we were still working things out at 2 months old!
It does get a bit easier. but breastfeeding is always changing and showing me little new challenges.

Katie - posted on 05/04/2010

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It's nice when they fall asleep on the boob, but try to feed both boobs and see if he'll fall asleep on the second boob.
I find that my girl wakes sooner if I let her sleep after one boob.

drink heaps.
eat protein for breakfast. sometimes we dont get protein until lunch or dinner time.
try the herbs suggested above.
try to be relaxed when he gets fussy at the boob.
I have been there, with a baby with bad gas pain at feed time (too much baked beans, I suggest a different source of protein for breaky!) and sort of forced baby girl, which made her more frustrated. it took weeks of not forcing her anymore, for her to trust me and for her to relax at feed times.
Best of Luck.
p.s. I am dreading working out how I might return to work part time in four months.

Shelly - posted on 05/04/2010

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when he is screaming it makes latching on harder, you can try a couple of things, 1. let him suck on your finger instead, this worked for brandon it calmed him down and then when he is calmer try latching again 2 try walking around and shhh him, or whatever calms him down, so he will latch on, stick with it, remeber it is just as new and confusing for him as u, so just try to relax, he'll get the hang of it

Erika - posted on 05/02/2010

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i tried that today went well for the most part but at one point he was screaming and crying even after switching.. i didnt know what to do he wouldnt stop so i gave him only 2oz of formula..but i dont want to have to thats the thing im trying but i dont know what else to do if hes screaming at that point after numerous attempts of switching back and forth and he wouldnt latch, any suggestions on how ppl over came that type of road block? I do honestly want to breast feed and determined to up my supply but i feel like theres nothing to do if hes acting like that.

Danielle - posted on 04/26/2010

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if you supplement your milk will not increase. the best way to get it to increase is to nurse nurse nurse..they will feel empty for a couple of days and your baby will nurse all the time but evven nursing on empty will signal your body to make more...so you'll have to pump alot or nurse alot. you can also get some herbal supplements that are supposed to increase milk. i'm not sure what its called though

Shelly - posted on 04/26/2010

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keep him up while ur feeding him, rub ur finger across his cheek, play with his feet or hands, i do that with brandon so he dont fall asleep while eating. also, after you breastfeed pump every time for 10-15 mins during the day at night u need ur sleep!!!, ur body will only produce what is being used, so u have to make your body think it needs more milk, plus what u pump u can start storing, it is nice to have a supply before u start work. and ur never empty, ur body is always producing milk as long as ur not full. and make sure to pump or feed every 3 hours. and like everyone else said the formula is hurting u, u need to breastfeed more to make more milk. i have some herbal tea i will give to jp to give to gary for u, it helps with milk production, it has a unique smell, but dont taste bad and u can add honey if u perfer to sweeten it. i did what i told u and brandon hs only had breastmilk and i have a month worth of breast milk in the freezer stored up. it is overwelming at times but if u stick with it it will be worth it. and the baby may be aggravated while at the breast because of something in the breast milk, watch what u eat, stay away from spicy foods as he may not like that and if u consume a lot of milk products, he may not like that either.

Meri - posted on 04/26/2010

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Just nurse, nurse, nurse. My son had been sleeping through the night from when he was born till about 5 months and then he started waking up all night wanting to nurse. I felt like i had NO milk for about a month because he was eating around the clock. My body wasn't used to making milk at night so he took all of his morning feeding during the night. But never the less he gained two pounds that month. I had cried many times thinking that i wasn't going to be able to breastfeed him anymore but he gained and after those 3 or 4 weeks i didn't feel empty anymore.
So you just have to nurse him all the time and it'll build up your supply even if it doesn't feel like it. If you give formula it will hurt your growing milk supply. He can always get more out of the breast, even when your pump can't, your baby can. He may be fussy because it's not as fast as he would like it, but he's getting it.
Keep up the good work.

Andrea - posted on 04/25/2010

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If he falls asleep often, and you really don't want to wake him up to feed more - then put him down to nap and pump! You may only get 1/2 an ounce or an ounce, but that's okay - it will help empty the breast, the more often your breast is emptied, the more milk your body will produce.

And Emily is right - giving formula is hurting more than helping. Don't assume you are starving your baby, just cause he seems a little hungry after. Switch sides, or wait 30 mins then try again. I often get a couple of let downs during a feeding if I let my daughter go long enough. Every time you give a bottle of formula, you take away an opportuity to tell your body you need more milk - and then also, your baby is not AS hungry next feeding, and may not empty the breast as well, and when the breast is not completely empty, the body will not produce as much. I would say feed every 2 hours and pump after each feeding (during the day), feed him what you pump instead of formula. Do that for like a week or 2.

Remember, you most likely wont "feel" full, but there is still milk in there! And often, the baby sucking is what brings it down.

Emily - posted on 04/25/2010

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Supplementing with formula is probably hurting your supply.. so when you're with your baby, resist the urge to supplement. Even when you think you have no milk left, you do! Your body is constantly making milk, even as your baby nurses. When your baby gets frustrated, switch to the other side. Keep switching as often as you need to. Could it be possilbe he just wants to suck? Will he take a pacifier?

Do you have a breast pump? I highly recommend a good hospital-grade double electric like a Medela, if you don't already have one. You'll need to pump several times during your work day. Don't give up if you're finding you're not pumping very much. Many moms (myself included) find they don't repsond very well to the pump. This does NOT mean you don't have enough milk! Just means that our bodies were designed to respond to babies suckling, not a plastic machine. You may have to add in more pumping sessions in order to pump enough while you're gone. You can also try taking Fenugreek capsules. I take Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle 3x a day, which has helped me pump a bit more at work.

When you're home with the baby, nurse, nurse nurse! Nurse as much as you can.. this will help to stimulate your supply better than pumping.

Danielle - posted on 04/25/2010

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You have probably heard this a million times but try to drink a ton of water! It helps a lot, and I don't know how often your babe eats but try to feed him or pump every 2 hours, even at night. Your body will make milk whenever it thinks your baby is hungry so even if you pump and an hour later he is hungry, your body will provide. It might not be as fast as a flow as your baby wants but he will get what he needs. I went through the same thing when I went back to work. Also, try to eat really healthy because if your body is healthy, you will produce more milk. I hope this helps!

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