HELP! RUNNING OUT OF MILK! baby only 3 mos

Becky - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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so my son is only 3 mos 1 wk.. but already my supply is dwindeling... i start working in a few weeks..luckily my son will be with me PT, but i am really worried about my milk supply starting to get smaller. I don't get engorged very often anymore, and feel my breasts are rarely fully,. I really want to BF my son for as long as possible...he's only 3 mos now and i'm worried i won't be able to do it much longer.

I am not getting as much sleep I need (i know that is supposed to affect your supply) and i'm prob not drinking enough water) but besides that, don't know!

Suggestions would be appreciated!!!
btw...

does anyone know a website or somethign that i could look at that shows what and how much of things i should be eating a day for a good milk supply???
thanks!!!

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Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 08/26/2011

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Le Leche Leauge is an Excellent resource! There is one near you, I promise! They are everywhere and the women there are Extremely helpful. I had the same concerns. I am a first time mom and my son is nearly 3.5mo old. What I was told is this. "You mostlikely are still producing plently of milk. As long as your babe is not losing weight and growing well, you are producing enough. You get used to the feeling of being full and may not notice it anymore. The engorgement sensation decreases because your body is so used to producing the milk. Drink as much water as you can stomach through out the day, if you become dehydrated this Will affect your supply. There is no special diet as long as you are eating healthily, fruits, veggies, lean protein, etc. Allow your babe to suckle as much as possible. No pacifier, no bottles, if your baby wants those things, put him on the breast! This will increase your supply. The more he suckles the more milk there will be. You do not need an RX or a special diet. Just let him eat. Also if you need to, pump as often as you can after your son is done eating. It will seem that you are not getting much out of course, as mostlikely he has already drained you. Pumping will add extra stimulation telling your body to produce more milk. If he acts as though he is not getting enough at each feeding, make sure you feed from both breasts, if you start him on the left and finish with the right as the next feeding start on the right and finish with the left. Also remember that some women are just unable to pump. A friend of mine nursed her son for 13 months and was never able to pump more than an ounce at a time, yet her son did just fine. Also remember the women in Africa, they do not pump, they just feed their babies and don't worry about their supply. Trust in Mother Nature, she knows what she's doing!

Gayle - posted on 07/16/2010

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I also take an herbal suppliment called fenugreek. You can buy it at any vitamin or GNC type store. My ob/gyn told me about it. She took it with both her kids.... She told me to take 12-15 capsules a day. I try to remember, but it will definately increase your supply... it worked for me.... I don't think i had a low supply, i was just pariniod that i would run out. That along with drinking lots of water should help!

Emily - posted on 07/14/2010

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Pumps simply can't get out as much milk as a baby can. Our bodies were designed to respond to babies, not plastic machines. Some moms find they have to pump twice as much as their baby feeds just to get as much milk as they need during the work day.

Jessica - posted on 08/28/2011

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Becky~I went through a supply drop at three months with my two biological children. Around that time, I got a cycle and my milk decreased by a lot, even though I was exclusively breastfeeding. With my first, I called a lactation consultant who told me all of the usual things to do: rest, breast feed often, pump a while after baby nursed, etc., and my milk would come back up. Did NOT work for me! It took me a while to get anyone to listen to me that I really had a supply issue here that was hormone related. She then recommended fenugreek and blessed thistle, which I took, but by then it had little effect. I had to use formula (which I hated doing) as her meals, and me as a "snack" and for comfort. When my second came along, I was prepared, and just like clockwork it happened again. This time I skipped the herbs and asked for a prescription of Reglan (the only option I knew of at the time), which helped a lot! I was able to keep nursing my son until he was 16 months. Now, I am not saying this is your issue. The softening of the breast is a natural thing after a few months. Are there other things that make you think he's not getting enough milk? I knew because my babies would cry after a few minutes and pull off and reattach trying to get more milk. My daughter ever kneeded like a kitten to bring more milk down! If you are having just a little supply/demand issue, the usual approach may bring your milk back up. If not, don't waste time like I did the first time. The herbs many help you, but if not I recommend the drug Domperidone. I used this when we adopted our youngest and I was able to produce milk without worrying about the possible neurological side effects of Reglan. Domperidone is difficult to get in the US, but easily researched and ordered online. Do your homework and make the decision that works for you. I wish you well! Jessica

Mary - posted on 07/14/2010

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If you are mostly bf'ing now, you won't pump out much, although pumping will help increase your supply. Will you have time to pump when you go back to work? Try to at least pump for as many feedings as you will miss. I also pumping after the morning feed every day which helped with developing my freezer supply.

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Amanda - posted on 02/18/2013

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My son is 3.5 mos old & I'm still strictly breastfeeding him... Then again my supply has since day 1 been more than enough. I've even thought about selling it to help other mommies... To improve my quality I bought some 'mothers milk tea' ... That was a mistake in my part because I produced an excessive amount & couldn't seem to empty for 2dys-even with feeding my baby every 3hrs AND pumping! If you don't want to buy & try your best I'd get mothers milk tea!

Anita - posted on 07/17/2010

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ask your doctor for a prescription for domperidone, it really increases your milk supply!

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You may want to contact a lactation consultant. I know that there are a few here that say to take herbs and such, but I was told to never take herbal remedies while breastfeeding because it will affect the baby.

Personally, I was told to make sure that I drank enough water, milk and orange juice. Also make sure to up how many calories you intake in a day since breastfeeding alone will burn 500 to 900 calories a day. Make sure that you are eating a healthy balanced diet and your milk supply will continue to maintain.

Also, the correct breast pump will increase the demand as if it were your baby nursing. Granted those are more expensive, but worth the money when compared to how much would be spent on formula and if you are planning on having more children.

Felicia - posted on 07/16/2010

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I do not think your supply is low. However, if you feel that your milk is running low, use Fenugreek. It works wonders. Just make sure you have enough time to feed, feed, feed and have time to pump. I used Fenugreek for 6 days, but had to stop because my milk supply increased so much that they hurt and couldn't pump enough.

Jade - posted on 07/16/2010

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I use fenugreek and it works great. I take 3 once a day but if you take more it boosts the supply more. You have to take it for 2-4 weeks before it starts to work though.

Rosalba - posted on 07/15/2010

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Try a non-alchol bear or regular one or two a week will do the trick is a family secret and measure you eathing and drinking water during the day the best time to do it is whe you are breastfiding or puping since you are already sithing down. Good luck!

Kathryn - posted on 07/15/2010

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Fenugreek - you can find it at any GNC. You have to take like three pills every three hours or somethin like that but it works. Also, oatmeal works and I've heard dark beer - my cousin drinks 1/4 of guinness a day and she says it helps also. Drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, take vitamin d because it's not usually in breastmilk, and pump.

Tiffany - posted on 07/15/2010

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Another thing to remember is that as much as you'd like it to be so , you just can't pump as much out as baby gets while nursing. So if you're getting less pumped out it doesn't mean the baby is getting less, probably the opposite actually.

Best thing to do... DON'T STRESS!! Have confidence in your body, it knows what your baby needs and is there to produce it. I was working full time and had a really tough time pumping what we needed so I nursed as often as possible to try to get "more than what we needed" Just so baby had enough when I wasn't there to nurse him. (pumping one side while nursing on the other helped my pumping production as well)

Again, just RELAX. Stress can actually cause you more problems. There are a lot of different stages/ hurdles to go through in the first year of breastfeeding this is just one of them. Sounds like you're doing great so just keep up the good work and don't give up! God bless.

Geralyn - posted on 07/15/2010

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Becky, you are doing great! And these wonderful BF'ing moms gave great advice. The only way really to measure supply is by wet diapers and response by the baby, whether he appears content or is frustrated at the breast.... Your son is almost 4 months, so you are going to be entering those "growth spurt" phases where his demand will increase somewhat dramatically and so will your supply in response. He will want to nurse more frequently and/or in terms of amount. Just feed on demand, especially through these growth spurts, and if you ever feel that your supply is lessening, just cuddle with your baby and let him nurse away! Good luck! You are doing a fabulous thing for your little one!

Soleil - posted on 07/14/2010

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you need to drink lots of water, and eat plenty of food... with out those two things you will not make enough milk. If you know you're eating and drinking enough, there is an herbal supplement called more milk plus that you can get at a health food store that works miracles!! And remember, past the 3 month mark, you need the baby to nurse, just the breast pump alone will not do enough to stimulate the milk production.

Becky - posted on 07/14/2010

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thanks all! i had no idea that engorged feeling actually eventually stopped.... that might be what it all is then... i am just so used to feeling realllllly full and now i dont lol.
i guess another reason i feel like i don't have enough is because I never have enough to get much bottles every day...

Heather - posted on 07/13/2010

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I have the same fear and since my son is a premie i want to nurse as long as possible. i hear uping what your fluid intake is helps alot. just continue to nurse and trust in your body!!

Emily - posted on 07/13/2010

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Your supply is not dwindling. This is something I think all moms should be educated on before they leave the hospital: After a few months of breastfeeding, your supply regulates and you will no longer feel engorged. This does NOT mean you are losing your supply! The engorged/full feeling is something that only happens in the first few months of breastfeeding. Trust in your body.. it is doing a great job. You have plenty of milk. :)

Jennifer - posted on 07/13/2010

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what makes you think your supply is decreasing?

after a couple of months, your breast get used to producing milk and you wont feel full the way you did in the beginning...it doesn't mean you aren't producing enough, it just means your body is getting used to how much your baby needs, and you become less sensitive to the feeling of having milk.

as long as you are letting your babe nurse when hungry, he is happy and growing well, and has enough wet diapers then your supply is perfect!

Sarah - posted on 07/13/2010

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heres what i know: bf as often as possible...this will help keep ur supply up. (its supply and demand...it will only be replaced if its taken out, also try pumping after each feed...this will not only help build up a supply for you working but also will help take more out to be replaced)
drink plenty of water (8-10+ glasses a day)
rest as much as you can (i know this is hard...i too have a 3mo old)
as far as diet...i dont believe there are any special things to eat. just a healthy, well balanced diet.

hope this helps somewhat. i hope things get better and you are able to bf as long as you are wanting!!!

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