My daughter is 1 month old. I m using breastmilk and formula as I m getting only 2oz per session. Will fenugreek capsules help to increase my milk supply?

Bujji - posted on 01/15/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 1 month old. I m using breastmilk and formula as I m getting only 2oz per session. Will fenugreek capsules help to increase my milk supply?

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Sarah - posted on 01/15/2015

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It can, but the best way to meet your daughter's demand is to try to nurse exclusively. How do you know your only get 2 oz? Are you pumping and then putting your milk in a bottle? A one month old may only need 2-3 oz every 2-3 hours. If you take a day or two and keep your baby skin to skin as much as possible, keep hydrated and nurse, nurse, nurse. Your supply should increase. Fenugreek is a supplement and it is not regulated by the FDA, so you really don't know what you are getting.
To get an idea of how much baby needs, take her current weight and multiply by 2 to 2.5, so if she is 8 pounds, that would be 16 to 20 ounces over a 24 hour period. Divide that number be the number of feedings and you get a sense of how much she gets at each nursing. A baby that breastfeeds will take much more from a bottle because the bottle will flow much more easily than the breast.

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Sarah - posted on 01/16/2015

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If you are pumping your milk to bottle feed, and not nursing your baby at all. You milk supply will probably not respond the way it would if you were nursing. There are aspects of nursing that affect milk supply other than the baby just suckling. Having the baby on your skin, the smell of the baby and even you looking at the baby as baby eats, contribute to milk supply. I am not saying you should stop or that you made a mistake to pump and bottle feed. Give your baby the milk you can and meet the rest of the baby's needs with formula. Was your baby unable to nurse?

Bujji - posted on 01/15/2015

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Thanks for the reply. Ya I m pumping 8 times a day every 3 hrs for 20 mins. I m getting 2 oz so it's making me feel depressed.

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