My milk supply is low...how to increase?

Kristen - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm new to this site but my lo is 11 weeks and my milk supply is so low only one breast has milk and it won't even satisfy him for 1 feed. Any tips on increasing supply? He screams when I try to b/f if there isn't enough milk so I'm down to only trying to b/f 2 or 3 times a day (probably part of the problem). He had issues at birth so I had to supplement with formula from the beginning to get enough volume to help his infection. Help!

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Celeste - posted on 10/27/2011

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First, we need to determine if you indeed have a supply issue.

How are you determining that you have low supply?
How are her diapers? Are you getting 6-8?
Are you nursing on cue?
How often are you supplementing?

First, yes, you need to nurse more. The more you nurse, the more you will make. When you supplement with a bottle, your breasts don't get that signal to make more milk.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/27/2011

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Believe it or not I was told to drink Porters beer. It made a huge difference but it tastes awful ( i mixed it with a little gingerale) Be sure to wait the correct amount of time before feeding your LO due to the alcohol content.I combined that with pumping and it really worked for me. Hope that helps.

Cassandra - posted on 10/27/2011

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Try pumping. It helped me. When your done feeding use it. Your breasts will think they need to produce more milk and they will. Good luck!

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Engy - posted on 10/27/2011

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Fennegreek helps...you can boil the seeds and drink the water or you can have it as vitamin. and yes nurse more and drink more fluids. Good luck!

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Is this your first baby? I know with my first I had low milk supply and it was because I wasn't drinking enough water. My dr. said at least a gallon of water a day in combination with other things like Milk and Juices. Also, pumping in between feedings helped increase my milk supply. Do you have a breastfeeding support group in your area that you can go to? Some places have groups where you can go and feed the baby, weigh the baby, feed again, weigh again to get a sense of how much the baby is actually getting so you can know for sure if you don't have enough milk. They can also help give you more ideas on how to increase your milk supply.

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