Increasing milk supply

Candace - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am nursing an almost 8 month old. She is exclusively nursing because we have found her body isn't tolerating solids yet. We will try again in a few weeks but I'm having a hard time keeping my supply up. It's hard to be the only form of food for an 8 month old! I've tried More Milk Plus but it doesn't work for me. I tried brewer's yeast but it seemed to upset her tummy. She is also lactose/soy intolerant and has another allergy that we haven't figured out what it is yet. Any suggestions would be great!

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Susan - posted on 06/17/2017

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Milk supply is all supply and demand. the more you feed/pump the more you will make. so don't be stressed about it...just keep feeding and even try to pump in btwn feedings. and if he doesn't eat for you, then pump then too. make sure you drink Healthy nursing tea. don't worry, and don't give up...it should pick back up.

Danielle - posted on 03/03/2010

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you van get blessed thistle from an herb store and make it into a tea, drink it 3 times a day and you should have more milk by that night or the next day, has worked every time for me

Julie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I recently found this recipe for cookies that increase your milk supply. They really worked for me. After a couple of cookies, at the next feeding she nursed for like ten minutes one side and was happy. She usually nurses for like an hour at a time both sides usually. I don't generally have a low milk supply, so the cookies by themselves probably won't cure your low supply. But they are very good for you and yummy, too :)

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Heather - posted on 03/03/2010

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If you really want to help your supply - Fenugreek! You can buy the capsules at a health food store or online. I also drink a tea called Mama's Milk Tea...and you can buy it really cheap at http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Mamas-Milk you can get 1/2 pound for only $10. If you buy the bagged stuff at a health food store, you'll be paying over $5 for 16 bags and you're supposed to take about 5 bags a day! The Mama's Milk in bulk goes a really long way too! I use this whenever my son goes through a growth spurt and rather than it taking a week of constant nursing to increase my supply, with the tea, it only took 2 days! I would make a gallon of it and drink it over about 2 days! It's got fenugreek, nettles, and all natural herbs that really work! I've also noticed that my son LOVES my milk when I drink this...he's a on/off kind of kid, but when I drink the tea, he's on and drinks long - as if he's savoring every drop!

If you do get the fenugreek capsules, they say that you know when you're taking enough when your milk or your sweat begins to smell like maple syrup! it's a very pleasant herb to take and taste! The tea does have a mild anise flavor, but I had a little sugar or honey (1/4 cup per 1 gallon of tea) to take out the bitter!

The only caution to take for anyone taking the mama's milk tea is DO NOT TAKE IT WHEN YOU"RE PREGNANT!! Fenugreek in high enough doses stimulates the hormones to make milk and those hormones also stimulate utrine contractions. That same website also has a tea called Mama's Red Raspberry Brew for pregnancy! Red Raspberry is very good for the uturus!!

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Further to Emily's advice, if she has plenty of wet nappies and some pooey ones. she's getting plenty of milk.

Anna - posted on 03/02/2010

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Make sure you stay hydrated yourself - drink water and not tea, coffee, alcohol or anything else that can make you dehydrated. I have heard fennel tea is a tradition remedy. The other thing is to breastfeed often but I guess you are doing that already. Nurse rather than using a pump.
Also, human breast milk is higher in lactose than the milk of any other animal so are you sure it's that?

Emily - posted on 03/02/2010

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How do you know your supply is going down? It's pretty hard to have a supply problem if you're nursing on demand... just wondering because lots of moms mistakenly think they have supply problems when they don't. If she's gaining weight and is happy after nursing, you probably don't have anything to worry about.

Tonya - posted on 03/02/2010

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I have a child who is allergic to milk and eggs and wasn't diagnosed until 11 months old after being exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. I found that pumping after her feedings and especially first thing in the morning when my milk supply was highest helped extremely. I don't know if your using bottles but I did on occasion, I worked part time. I simply put the milk in the freezer in freezer bags. the milk can also be used for mixing with cereal etc when she does start solids. I would pump using medela Harmony Hand pump for 10 -15 mins on each side after her feedings. the more milk you remove from your breast the more milk your body will create. I know how tough it can be and how frustrating when your baby is so dependant on you. Hang in there and know that your doing the best you can for your baby as well as for you!! you might als try talking to your baby's dr and see what they suggest. There are some prescription meds you can take to build your milk supply. Reglan is one of them. I've used it twice and it worked well both times. Hang in there MOM!! It does get better and most kids outgrow milk intolerance,

Andrea - posted on 03/02/2010

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How long did you try the More Milk Plus? It starts to work in 3 days or so, but you wont notice a difference for a few weeks. Basically, the two best methods to increasing supply are not easy - they are nursing frequently, and making sure the breast is empty. SO - any chance you get, for at least 3 days, nurse every 2 hours - instead of every 2-4. Also, pump after EACH feeding during the day (don't bother at night). That will make sure you are emptying the breast. Those two things together will increase your supply - be patient - eat right - and don't stress. If you are not getting enough sleep that can lower your supply, along with stress. Make sure you are hydrated too.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/02/2010

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There is a gentle herbal tea that they sell at Toysrus/BabiesRus called "Milkmaid Tea". It was suggested by a girlfriend for my upcoming baby(#3) since my supply was lacking with the last one. It might be a good option. The only other I know about is fennel seed and fenugreek suppliment pills. I tried the later last time, and noticed some increase, but I really hated taking so many tablets!! If it doesn't bother you may be an option.

Hope one of these will help!! Good luck and keep asking around. The best and easiest solutions come from other moms!!

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