Low supply of Breast Milk - what can i do to increase my supply

Lhallp - posted on 04/24/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is 2 months old and I am having trouble with milk production. My baby is getting frustrated with me... Does anyone have any advice on how i can increase my supply.

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Lori - posted on 04/25/2012

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What are you using to gauge your milk production? Baby getting frustrated? Amount of pumped milk? Some other method? If your baby is having 6 wet diapers each day, then your milk supply is fine. If your baby is getting frustrated it's possible it's a growth spurt and baby just needs to nurse more frequently for a few days. If you are noticing your breasts don't feel as full to you, that's because at this point your body is adjusting and regulating your milk production now. You don't need to feel engorged for there to be plenty of milk in there for you little one.

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Calandra - posted on 02/14/2016

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Use Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea...natural tea and work great with all breastfeeding moms..!

Meghan - posted on 04/28/2012

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Definitely try to pump! Make sure you eat and get lots of water! I've heard oatmeal can help increase your milk supply....I eat it on a regular basis now. There is also Mother's Milk tea that is supposed to help your milk supply. I pump exclusively, and have for 6 months since my son was born. In the beginning I was pumping every 2 hrs and eventually went to every 4 hrs for 20 mins at a time...I was getting about 16oz or more every time I pumped and freezing whatever I didn't feed my son. Saying all that I think you should definitely pump in between nursing!
I hope this helps!! :)

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2012

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Pumping will help to increase your milk supply; the more you pump or breastfeed the more milk you will produce( supply and demand). Eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water will help too. To help milk flow, you can massage your breast before you breastfeed or pump. Most likely your making enough milk because your body produces the amount your baby needs.

Celeste - posted on 04/26/2012

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Yes, I agree with Lori. We need more information.. How are you determining that you have low supply? Generally, the best way to increase supply is to nurse more.



What's your baby's diaper count? As long as your baby is getting enough diapers, your supply is fine and there is no need to increase it. Don't judge supply on baby's behavior, pump output, or the feel of breasts etc. Plus, 2 months is a prime time for a growth spurt.

Catalina - posted on 04/25/2012

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Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and eating enough (of the right stuff).



If you are doing both of those things then there is a natural supplement called "fenugreek" it will make you smell like maple syrup, but boy it will make the milk come.



Good luck mama!

Jessica - posted on 04/24/2012

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Not all hope is lost. There are many options. One is a hormone pill called domperidone or Motilium. It is a natural hormone that is already in your body to control milk supply. You will need to see your doctor to be prescribed this.



Option 2. Pump. If you don't have a pump already you can rent or purchase one. I recommend an electrical pump- this will make it easier and not a chore. Use babies blanket or photo and think of baby while pumping to aid in the process. Pump often for up to 15 minutes a side and try to pump after feedings.



Option 3- analyze your diet. You could be not getting enough fluids in your diet so be sure to add milk and water (at least 8 glasses of water).



If that still doesn't help ask for more advice from your doctor. Do not stress about this because stress decreases your supply, other factors that decrease is if your sick, have an infection or are not sleeping well enough.



There is always an option to supplement with formula, ask your doctor or another mom about it.I had to place both my children at one point solely on formula because my milk supply did not increase. I had to give up the fight with my son whom is 4 months old. I wasn't lactating enough, I did go on domperidone and that increased my supply but my son at that point got hungrier until he gave it up due to him teething.

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