I think i need to increase my milk?

Brandy - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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Hello all mom's.. Well i think i need to be increasing my milk. My son is gaining weight thats just fine its just that when he eats i dont hear him swallow during the feeding not every feeding just sometimes. When that happens he also gets very frustrated during the feeding. I dont pump only because when i pump it takes me like 30 minutes to get an ounce. I just need some helpfull advise! I read one post where a mom said spend the weekend in bed with the baby thinking about him and spending quality time and that will naturally increase it, and i wish i could do that although i also have 2 other children so thats impossible!! LOL So is there another way or do you think i even need to do anything? Thank you!

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Sara - posted on 02/18/2016

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I have used different cookies to boost my low breast milk supply but nothing happened. Then a natural tea formula healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea did help me and I started feeding my child exclusively.

Diana - posted on 08/10/2009

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My three month old son won't take both breast at everyfeeding. So when I did pump I was only getting like an ounce and i would pump for 30 minutes or more. I started pumping while he was feeding. I get so much more milk out that way and I pump at every other feeding. I have a good supply in the freezer now that I have started doing that.

Katie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I agree that mother's milk tea is fabulous!! Also try avacados. When I wanted to increase my milk I also pumped right after my little one nursed so as to get every last drop. Best of luck!

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/10/2009

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DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER OR OTHER LIQUID CAND HURT PRODUCTION...DRINK NO MORE THAN 10 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY.

Melanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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lots of water and milk and oj jus.. it help me But LOTS OF IT and pump at the same time every day like after the second feedig everyday ,feed him more often and it will help stimulate you breast.

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2009

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When my little guy gets frustrated and fussy during a feed it means he has gas or needs to have a bm. So I pull him off for a few minutes and burp him, this usually calms his frustration. And as far as pumping, don't kill yourself with 30 min sessions, it is time you could be spending with your kids! Just do it for 10-15 minutes. This will help up your production and do it within sight of your little one, this will help with let down. And above all else, stay calm and collected, the more agitated you are the harder it will be, your body knows what needs to happen, have faith in that. Good luck!

Annemarie - posted on 08/09/2009

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try from whole foods...more milk plus...it is a pill and they also have drops that you can put in water...give it a try!! i used it!!!

Heather - posted on 08/09/2009

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I think that when we feed them it's comforting, warm and when they are hungry they eat. (my perception) so it makes sense to me that he doesn't swallow milk every time. You know your son...if he has changed his eating habits drastically then I would call your Dr or a lactation specialist and get a professional opinion just in case more is going on. trust your instincts. However, I would strongly suggest that you invest in a high quality breast pump. How do you take time for yourself without one??? my breast pump is definitely one of the most amazing things in my life. I know that the nicer ones are spendy but so is a therapist when you go nuts because you are not taking time for yourself. I am also in a position where my Mom-N-Law would live next door if it was for sale for I have a babysitter...Good Luck, hope this is helpful.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/09/2009

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Samantha,

Great tip about double pumping. It does increase the hormone prolactin which gets you a bigger let down. I would second the tip to pump after feedings. This will ensure that you are getting enough stimulation.

Samantha - posted on 08/09/2009

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Lol, you have gotten so many tips, it sounds like you don't need anymore! I was doing all of the things listed above, but still felt my supply was low, i would barelly have enough to leave with the babysitter the next day. The things that helped me were to make sure i was getting at LEAST 8 stimulations a day, even when she is going three hours between feedings. and also making sure to pump both at the same time. i did not think that was important, but apparently it can increase your production by a fourth because it triggers the hormone more than pumping one at a time. And relax, your baby is gaining weight and not stressed about it, you will be fine

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/09/2009

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Brandy,

I just wanted to point out that you have received some well meaning but false advice concerning food and drink and breastfeeding. There are a some foods that can help to increase your milk supply but there aren't any foods or drinks that can decrease your milk supply other than caffine. A lot of times women make the food/drink connection when their baby is going through a growth spurt and instead of realzing it's a growth spurt not a drop in supply they chalk it up to eating x, y and z. The food that I know of that can increase your milk supply is steel cut oats. Use them to make oatmeal, cookies etc. Also there are a lot of things that you can take to increase your milk supply:

Fenugreek (6 cups of tea a day or 3 capsules 3 times a day
Blessed Thistle (also known as Milk Thistle) (4 capsules 3 times a day)
Mothers Milk Tea (4-6 cups a day)
Shatavari (1 capsule 4 times a day)

I am not sure how old your son is but there is a possibility that he is going through a growth spurt and therefore making it feel as though your breasts are empty. Remember that you are never truly empty and that he is always getting something when he is nursing. Infants typically go through growth spurts around:

2 weeks
4 weeks
3-4 months
6 months
9 months

Also, concerning the amount of times he has a bowl movement. That is completely normal having it once a week. Some breastfed infants can have one every 2 weeks. As long as he goes at least every 14 days and has 7 or more wet diapers a day and gaining weight there is most likely not much of an issue. As I said the infrequent swallowing could be a growth spurt. Remember to eat the steel cut oats and pick up a few of the things listed above to up your milk supply if you are still concerned after reading this post. You know better than anyone if you have a low milk supply.

Brandy - posted on 08/08/2009

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Thank you so much ladies~ I got alot of helpfull advise and i also learned alot of stuff i never knew!! Were doing good here and ive been trying to feed more and its helped for sure so thanks mom's!!!

Valerie - posted on 08/02/2009

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Drink lots and lots of water! Also, it's a supply and demand thing. The more you nurse, the more you produce. Don't give up. your body was MADE to do this, and you CAN do it!! Don't give up!

Maigan - posted on 08/02/2009

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Some things you eat like onions and broccoli can cause gas in a bf baby. I have to watch what I eat constantly. But also you need to eat and drink plenty of fluids to keep that milk flow going.

Kathleen - posted on 08/01/2009

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if you eat a lot of stuff with parsely in it it will decrease your flow and dry u up. so stay clear from that...

Sharlene - posted on 08/01/2009

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Make sure you are eating well as breastfeeding uses lots of calories! Also try to breast feed your baby as much as possible during the evening as this is when the signals are sent as to how much milk you need. I also have two other children and I would love to spend the weekend in bed with my baby, but it's not possible! Remember also that when the baby is established at breastfeeding it's usually much quicker when they feed and so you may not be quite so aware that he's actually feeding quite effiantly, especially if he's putting on weight well. Hope this helps? But do try feeding more in the evening, when your other two are in bed, have cuddles with your son and feed him every hour remembering to change sides so you don't get soar one side.

Kathleen - posted on 08/01/2009

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instead of pumping for thirty minutes only pump 15 min on each side. after each feeding time. it will help. i did it and it helped...another thing is drink more milk and or eat lots of ice cream and eat more protiens its helped me. another thing is eat more frequently. or put snacks in between your meals...

Rebecca - posted on 08/01/2009

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I know exactly how you feel and am in a simalar situation, i am also breastfeeding and have two other children, my baby seems to being having a growth spurt and wants to feed all the time,i worry i haven't got enough as he always seems to be hungry. Like you he is gaining weight and thriving so i know i;m doing good so you are too! It's hard but you have to make sure you are eating well, drinking plenty and getting a little time out for yourself which is virtually impossible.

Maigan - posted on 08/01/2009

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My youngest son is bf. And he holds it for about 5 days but you have to just let them go when they need to go. Don't try to help them. My lacation group just got done talking about this last week. Breastfeed babies can go up to 11 days without going but once they go they go for a day or two. So, no worries just let nature take its course.

Brandy - posted on 08/01/2009

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He does have wet dipars through out the day but my other concern is is that he only poops like once a week but when he went for his shots 2 weeks ago his ped said that ok its normal for bf babies. Although i here alot that they should be pooping 3-4 times a day! Does it just depend on the child?

Theresa - posted on 07/31/2009

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Stress can also have a negative effect on your milk supply; oftentimes, excessive worrying about your supply can actually cause it to decrease. If your son's growth is on track, and he is wetting after every feeding, he is getting enough milk. Just keep feeding him on demand, and like the previous poster said, have faith in your milk! :)

Brandy - posted on 07/31/2009

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I like that have faith in your milk!! LOL I actually got my tubes tied so no birth control here but thats good to know for my other freinds!! Im going to try that thanks!

Heather - posted on 07/31/2009

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Watch birth control pills too, they can drastically hurt supply but like the other moms said-nurse nurse nurse! Try a feed every 2 hours for 2-3 days and it should make a drastic difference in your supply!!! It maybe a growth spurt, too! You're doing a great thing for your child so just keep it up and have faith in your milk!

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Reglan is slightly riskier than Domperidone. You might try that first if you're going to go the Rx route.

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Definatly keep pumping and feeding him as often as possible and in a couple days it shoud be better. If not, there is a prescription drug called Reglan. It is a digestive drug but in breastfeeding mothers it increases supply. I have breast fed all four of my children and I have had to use this drug with two of them. My doctor prescribed me to use it for 10 days but I actually only had to use it for three. And remember not to get too stressed about it that will only make it decrease more. Good luck!

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Good advice from PP's. Other than that...

Fenugreek - available at vitamin stores.
And stay away from caffeine - can decrease your milk supply.

Hang in there! Good luck!

Pam - posted on 07/30/2009

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No sinus medication...it will dry you out. Increase your water intake. Pump at the same time everyday, this is key.

Brandy - posted on 07/30/2009

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Oh ok, he used to always do that up untill like the last couple weeks he been going about every 3 hours between each feeding! But i do feed on demand and ive also noticed he uses me like a pacifier but i let him cause i figure that would help stimuate as well!! Thank you so much you have been a big help!!

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Cluster feeding is nursing every hour for 4-5 hours to stimulate production and also to help fill up baby. Here is a link with some more info.

Then definitely pumping should help as it is stimulation. Again, nothing stimulates like actual nursing, but that will help and you may see more if you do it all together as one complete feeding... nursing both sides, then pumping.

Best wishes!

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/fus...

Brandy - posted on 07/30/2009

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Thank you. What is cluster feeding? So your saying just continue to try and pump and the stimulation from that will help as well?

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Oatmeal, dark beer, fenugreek and mother's milk tea (research to ensure no allergies) all come to mind.



The best way though is to nurse more and pump. Offer one side, this is dinner, then offer the other this is dessert, pump both after for leftovers... this is what a lactation consultant told me.



Nursing more is the very best though, just nothing better. Maybe try cluster feeding in the evenings, or when you have a block of time where you can nurse every hour for 4-5 hours. This is great for building supply and you should see a difference within a few days.

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