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My milk supply is so low please help

Kristina - posted on 08/16/2012 ( 56 moms have responded )

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Ok guys I am desperate literally desperate for help. Ive talked to a lactation consultant, my doctor, WIC, and numerous other people. NO ONE is helping and I am at my witts end. I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son since he was born. I had plenty of milk up until about a month ago. My milk has dropped Id say like 75%. The doctor wont give me anything to increase lactation and I have been taking fenugreek 3x a day trying to get my supply back up. Im drinking plenty of water and I am punping/nursing every 2 hours for a minimum of 20 minutes.

I have heard that reglan helps get your supply back up. Has anyone tried using it? If so does it work?

Also I know that you cant buy it in the United States anymore but Ive heard that domperidone works wonders! And that it used to be perscribed to nursing mothers all the time w/o any problems. I have read a lot of medical reports about it and talked to a few doctors who have perscribed it to patients before it was recalled. They all said the same thing that it works wonders and that 66% of mothers had an increase in their milk supply and had no side effects. I am seriously considering buying it from Canada. Has anyone ever tried it?

I just need some suggestions and help because I DO NOT want to give my little guy formula.

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Sally - posted on 08/27/2012

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Why do you think your supply dropped?

Is it because your breasts aren't hard and dripping anymore? That's actually a good thing. A hard, full breast is one that isn't being emptied often enough and will start making less to compensate. A soft, floppy "empty-looking" breast is one that has figured out what it's supposed to do. Is it because your baby is nursing more and/or more fussy? They will do that every time they are ready to grow again. Nursing is a supply and demand game. Frequent nursing is how your baby teaches your breasts to make more milk. Is it because you can't pump out very much? Pumping is never as efficient as a baby and some breasts just don't like a pump.

If you nurse on demand and your baby is healthy (size and growth are NOT accurate indicators of health) and peeing often enough, you are making enough milk. You can stop worrying about it unless your baby starts showing signs of dehydration or malnutrition.

If you really do have a problem, the absolute best you thing to do it to nurse your baby as often as he is willing. Other helps are an occasional glass of dark beer (it has to be the dark, thick kind--Miller Lite won't work), oatmeal (not the instant packets, but real sturdy "have to cook it" oatmeal), assorted herbs (it's easiest to get them in pre-made Mother's Milk teas), enough water to not be thirsty (surprisingly too much water can decrease your supply), and just relaxing and enjoying your baby.

Good luck

Kyle - posted on 11/03/2012

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I've never had this problem, but a good friend of mine did. Her son lost so much weight he looked like a little skeleton. She had had a UTI and the antibiotics killed her milk supply. My friend also DID NOT want to supplement. She ate oatmeal every morning. She drank Mother's Milk Tea and took Fenugreek every day. She also pumped quite frequently, even getting up in the middle of the night to pump. It was slow, but she did eventually recover her milk. I hope you do too!!!!

Lianna - posted on 09/26/2012

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Do you think that stress or any other non-medical factors may be decreasing your supply? I feel that for me stress was a factor, and a situation like this can worry many mothers. I suggest considering all possibilities yet maintaining a relaxing and enjoyable experience with your baby. Also, has there been any significant changes to your routines or anything new you've introduced in your life lately since the decrease in supply, i.e. diet, sleep routine, etc?

Leena - posted on 09/13/2012

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Hi Kristina,



I know how you feel...I bf my son until he was 2 yrs old and went throught supply shortage several times, I tried everything too. Now I have a 5 month old baby that I am nursing and I accidently discovered that "DATES" are amazing for milk supply.... Dates are incredibly healthy and I LOVE to eat them...one night I ate some and the next morning my breast were so full that I was amazed....so I tried this several times and it was the dates.... A few weeks later I noticed my milk supply was getting low so I order 7 lbs from nuts.com... I try to eat 5 to 7 dates every night...sorry if it is repeat info, just wasted to make sure I share that



Dates increase milk supply and makes even healthier... My daughter was 7lbs 11 oz at birth and now she is 20 lbs at 5 months.



I hope this helps

Julie - posted on 08/21/2012

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It sounds like you are doing everything right. Out of curiosity, why do you feel like your milk supply has dropped? I breastfed both my boys - the first until he was 13 months and I was 4 months pregnant with my second baby so I had to quit. The second I am still breastfeeding and he is almost 15 months. With my first child, I was like a dairy cow. I would pump an extra 20 ounces every day and donated 70 ounces a week because I had so much milk. With my second son, my milk supply was significantly lower which made me concerned. However, he gained weight appropriately and had wet diapers so I tried not to worry. With my 1st son, my breasts always filled up and became engorged and leaked a lot. With my 2nd son, my breasts never looked or felt like they had a milk supply. Apparently they did and still do. Anyways, where I'm going with all this is to (1) find out if the reason you are concerned is because your breasts no longer seem full or engorged; and (2) to find out if this is your first child or if you are comparing it to another breastfeeding experience. I have heard that eating a lot of oatmeal helps increase milk supply. That would be a natural approach to try before ordering drugs from Canada. You can't trust the "no side effects" promise. Also, a nice information website to visit is www.kellymom.com. Very informational!

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Bernice - posted on 11/07/2015

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Have you heard about Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea.My friend tried it, very good natural solution designed with herbs and increase milk supply expeditiously.Good Luck!

Ariana - posted on 10/28/2012

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Good good, no formula!



So...



Stay away from parsley, sage and mint.



Eat dill, turmuric, garlic, caraway, fennel...



Eat and drink in enough quantity, enough good fats and greens, a little protien every day...



Avoid fried foods and processed foods, lower your stress and get enough sleep, relax about it while keeping up your good work...



Good Luck!

Stefanie - posted on 10/25/2012

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I used the Mothers Milk Tea 3-5 times per day and within 3 days my milk supply increased. Also try and pump just a little bit after you finish feeding your baby. That should stimulate and increase the milk supply. Good luck!

Marta - posted on 10/23/2012

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May sound funny, but eat some codfish.... My grandmother was a midwife many moons ago. I went to her about the same issue. She send my grandpa to the store n she got to cooking. I honestly had to go clean up after I ate. Idk what that salty fish did, but it worked.

Shivani - posted on 10/09/2012

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Hi Kristina, i had the same problem like urs, would u believe i nurse my baby after every 15-20 minutes for 40-45 minutes when he born and when he was 4-5 month i nurse him every 1 hour for 25 minutes. because it is just like production and supply method. the more u supply the more ur body will produce. and more importantly u should have a good diet 3 times milk a day with ZANDU LACTONIC and have a heavy diet. and my baby was perfectly ok his immunity system is very strong and after 4-5 months my problem vanished.

Angela - posted on 10/07/2012

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You might want to check your pump out. You need to use a hospital grade electric dual pump. If you have this, I would pump every 2 to 3 hours for 15 minutes at a time. Every 4 hours overnight. If you are exclusively breastfeeding though, only pump after baby is full or overnight.



I personally use Breastea from http://www.breastea.com and I drink it daily. I started seeing a really good increase in production that has continued. The thing about herbs is that you have to keep using them everyday in order for them to work.



My lactation consultant told me to use at least two or three herbs to increase my milk supply. It's supposed to work better that way. I would continue to breastfeed/pump often, start using something like Breastea, and give it time to all work!

Logan - posted on 09/24/2012

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The lady at my WIC is really helpful with breastfeeding and she told me that when she was breastfeeding she would pump right after her baby stopped eating so she had so much extra milk saved up because her body was used to producing extra milk. I don't know if you tried this but it might help.

Kay - posted on 09/23/2012

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Hey dont worry i had that problem that my milk supply was low drink lots of water and it will come in that what mine did and loads of it make sure you have breast pads xx

Leena - posted on 09/13/2012

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Hi Kristina,



I know how you feel...I bf my son until he was 2 yrs old and went throught supply shortage several times, I tried everything too. Now I have a 5 month old baby that I am nursing and I accidently discovered that "DATES" are amazing for milk supply.... Dates are incredibly healthy and I LOVE to eat them...one night I ate some and the next morning my breast were so full that I was amazed....so I tried this several times and it was the dates.... A few weeks later I noticed my milk supply was getting low so I order 7 lbs from nuts.com... I try to eat 5 to 7 dates every night...sorry if it is repeat info, just wasted to make sure I share that



Dates increase milk supply and makes even healthier... My daughter was 7lbs 11 oz at birth and now she is 20 lbs at 5 months.



I hope this helps

Janette - posted on 09/11/2012

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I scanned the other posts quickly but I apologize if this has been written already:

La Leche League sells a multi-vitamin that includes natural supplements (i.e. fenugreek) to help increase milk production. Also, your baby is the best at helping you produce; nurse exclusively when possible.

Good luck and don't give up!

Jacqueline - posted on 09/06/2012

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I have been on Reglan on and off for a few months now to increase my milk supply. I first started it when my son was about 3 months old and had reflux issues and refused to nurse for a while which caused my supply to drop. When I started Reglan I experienced severe mood swings and anxiety and felt awful for the first few days. I was taking 10mg 3 times a day so I cut back to twice a day (every 12 hours) and the symptoms subsided within a day or so. We also experienced some tummy ache and diarrhea (me and baby both) which also subsided after the first couple of days. I think we just had to get used to the meds as well as start with a lower dose.

Reglan definately increased my supply! I went from pumping only about 2 oz at a time to getting 4-5 oz and it only took about 48 hours to see a big increase! My breasts felt fuller before each feed also so I knew it was working. After a month on it I weaned myself off slowly so my supply wouldn't drop from the shock of stopping and I kept supply up without meds for another month until he started teething and again refused to nurse. So, I'm back on it again with no side effects when I started this time on the lowered dose.



Hope this helps some of you moms out there. I know deperession, anxiety and mood swings are a common side effect BUT they only lasted for the first few days and were greatly alleviated by lowering the dose. It was worth it to me to get such a big increase in just a day or two. My son is 7 months now and still exclusively breast feeds (with 2 jars of baby food daily now as well)

T - posted on 09/05/2012

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Try lactation cookies! They are actually really good!! They helped me a ton. Also skin to skin and Blessed Thistle three times a day with Fenugreek I am Going through this same thing. If you can I have been told to take three days and lay in bed and strickly just nurse and do skin to skin. Good luck! also mothers milk tea and red raspeberry tea i heard work

Dahlia - posted on 08/31/2012

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Hi Kristina,



Yes I also feel for you. This method from my mother when I facing the same problem, try to eat a lot of fish and cabbage. It may sound strange but fried fish and boil cabbage increasing my milk up to 100% by 3 days. just try will you. Hope it's working....

Ania - posted on 08/31/2012

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1 how do you know your milk is low?

2 breasts get soft and you don't get engorged because your body is not over producing anymore which is good.

3 pumping output is not an indicator of low milk supply

4. Milk will increase if you feed baby more often

5. If your baby is content has 3-4 wet diapers a day (after 6 week of life) than your supply is fine. Go to www.kellymom.com for more info and help

Chelsey - posted on 08/30/2012

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I don't know if I would use supplements that aren't regulated by the fda, who knows what your giving your baby... I have heard that eating oatmeal every morning can help increase your supply.. Is your little guy getting enough to eat?? if so then you do have enough milk even if you aren't getting engorged like you probably use to when you first started breast feeding. Your body has become more efficient. I use to pump and not get a ton out and worry that I wasn’t producing enough, but pumps aren't as efficient as your baby. One time I even nursed on one side and pumped on the other at the same time, and I was so surprised how much more milk I got because it 'let down' so much better because of my baby!

Miriam - posted on 08/27/2012

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You can take Domperidone it will probably double your milk supply but might make you feel a bit drowsy. In the US you can buy Metocloperamide (Reglan) but that is nowhere as effective. Domperidone was taken off the market due to cardiac side effects in the iv formulation, but is readily available in Canada and also Europe and safe in the po formulation. Sometimes women have not let down when they pump no matter what they use. Maybe pump with your baby attached on the other side? Formula is not as evil as everybody says, every day you have already given him breastmilk is great.

Erica - posted on 08/26/2012

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Ack, one more correction:



My son is almost 21 months old, not 2012 months, lol!

Erica - posted on 08/26/2012

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Sorry, that should read:



More Milk Plus by MotherLove company! I also tried their More Milk Two formula version (also in tincture form). Both worked great.

Erica - posted on 08/26/2012

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Pumping never helped me. What worked for me were the following:



Stopped pumping and exclusively nursed (increased the number of times I nursed in a day).

- Started using More Milk Plus (by MotherLess company) in tincture form.

- Made Lactation Cookies from a recipe another nursing friend sent me.



The full time ebf and cookies worked the Best! Please feel free to pm me with your email address and I will send you the cookie recipe if you like. My friend literally saved my nursing relationship by sending me that recipe. My son is almost 2012 months old and we're still nursing on demand (he also eats real food now too).



Best of luck to you. You're doing a great job Momma!

Deb - posted on 08/26/2012

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hi, im sorry if i am repeating, i couldnt read all the others... i used to eat oatmeal with maple syrup every morning (the fake kind of maple syrup, it has fenugreek in it) and it definitely increased my supply. you dont say if you are nursing or pumping exclusively? if you are only pumping, it makes a huge difference if you nurse directly. even if you nurse and then pump right after for a while. doing it overnight more will also help. keep up the water, also, no caffeine or any meds that dehydrate you. reduce stress as much as you can. best of luck...

Hayley - posted on 08/26/2012

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Hi hun, Can I ask you a few questions. Firstly, what alerted you to your milk supply having dropped? How old was your lo then and how old is he now? Did something in particular happen around the time you feel your supply first dropped?



Domperidone is amazing and is still used in the UK to increase milk supply. If you can get hold of it that's great but the dosage you will need is much greater than stated on the packet.



My suggestions are as follows: Fenugreek: 2-3, 3 times a day, until you smell like maple syrup ;-); Fennel tea: 2-3 cups per day; Plenty of oats (porridge, flapjacks, cookies); nursing as often as baby will latch; supplement only with ebm via an at breast supplementer such as this (http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/pro...).



Do you have a branch of Human Milk 4 Human Babies in your state? They could help with Mum to Mum donations of breastmilk if you do end up needing to supplement with more milk than you can produce.



It's worth also noting that what you express isn't necessarily a good indication of how much milk you produce. Some women just can't express.



I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask me anything and good luck xx

Tina - posted on 08/26/2012

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You can add blessed thistle to the fenugreek.try purchasing online from vita cost it's much cheaper, so is the fenugreek. The medication that can be prescribed in the us is reglan. It is cheep I think mine was $4.00. I have not used it because the natural is working and because it does have side effects.

Emily - posted on 08/26/2012

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Domperidone does work wonders - are you sure it can't be prescribed locally? I would call Dr Jack Newman's clinic (in Toronto) first thing on Monday morning. They do phone consultations and may be able to call in a prescription for you. You can read their statement on domperidone on their website.www.breastfeedinginc.ca

Bekah - posted on 08/24/2012

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Are you sure your milk is dwindling? A lot of times woman think it is when in fact it is just found a nice even amount with how much and when baby nurses. As long as baby is having wet and dirty diapers, at least 5-6 each day then he is likely getting enough.



I have had some not so great lactation consultants. One of which was absolutely NO help when I was in the hospital with my LO during our first couple of days so I feel your pain there!!!



There are a lot of good suggestions mentioned thus far!



Just as a medical precaution if you do decide on domperidone or any other treatments, even herbal ones, to thoroughly talk with your doctor about your medical history and other meds you may be on to ensure it is safe for YOU and BABY.



Are you staying hydrated enough, are you keeping up nutritionally?



How old is your LO?



Forgo pumping for nursing. Pumping isn't nearly as effective as baby at causing your breasts to produce more.



Good Luck!!!

Zoe - posted on 08/23/2012

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Sounds like a lot of good advice above, I may try some of these things myself! I agree with some of the other moms that Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle, taken together, can help (it did for me at times). Also Oats and Cinnamon as well. It's also important for you to know that the amount of milk you get when you pump is NOT a good indication of what your milk supply might actually be. You may get much less, or almost nothing, when you pump, but your baby may be getting enough milk when nursing. Your body responds differently to your baby than it does to a pump. How do you know your milk supply is low? Is your baby acting hungry/crying after nursing? Hang in there!

Dj - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hi Kristina... I had an issue with my milk supply dwindling because I was not able to get my son on the breast as often as I needed to, but still wanted to provide him with breast milk. I have been successful with doing this by eating a vegetable called Chayote. It can be found at your local grocery store or farmer's market. It doesn't really have much of a taste. I take the skin off, boil it, and put salt or other spices on it to give it some taste and usually eat it everyday. I have been able to produce a lot of milk and it's an all natural vegetable, so no worry about additives or anything else.



I hope this helps! Google and do some research, there are a lot of moms out there who have seen a tremendous increase in their supply by eating it. :)

Kelly - posted on 08/22/2012

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When I had a problem with my milk supply in addition to the Fenugreek, I was told to also use blessed thistle. The two of them really did a great job. I got them both from the Vitamin Shoppe. I took a total of 9 of each a day, three with every meal. Good luck!

Fakeha - posted on 08/21/2012

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Have cumin and fenugreek seeds.Also have garlic in milk, it really helps to increase milk supply. Also help your baby to latch to your breast and suck it, because this will help in releasing hormones to produce milk. Its nice that you are staying away from formula milk, when we mothers are blessed with milk for our baby then why do we need to bottle feed them. All the best and do follow my suggestions.Also take red lentil(masoor daal) in your diet. It is also good.

Shelley - posted on 08/21/2012

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I would not use Reglan due to the side affects of the mood swings, depression, etc. That was the one thing I did not try when I was trying to get milk in as soooo many midwives advised against it.

I tried domperidone instead. Since I had no milk to begin with (due to recent surgery for a pituitary tumor removal), it didn't work for me, but if you have *any* milk at all, it really works wonders. I sent my extra domperidone to my friend in FL who was having supply issues and she ended up having so much extra, she pumped a lot and sent us about 300oz in a couple of months. :) It really helped her a LOT and that's generally been the consensus that I've seen & heard of when people use dom.

Lee-Ann - posted on 08/21/2012

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Hi! What an upsetting time for you and your little one. I am a lactation consultant from Canada, and I've dealt with my own milk supply issues nursing my own little ones.
It is very important to remember that all sucking needs should be met at the breast, so this means that if no soothers! Also hormonal birth control, peppermint (in large amounts), and some cold remedies can affect milk supply, as can drinking too much water (always drink to thirst).
That being said, fenugreek works well when you are taking enough (your sweat should smell like maple syrup), oats are wonderful as well (try sprouted steel cut oatmeal for breakfast) blessed thistle also works. I've used and work with many moms on Domperidone. It does work if you take the right amounts (jack newman has good protocols here: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.p... ) You have to be careful coming off it, as it binds to oxytocin receptors and can induce post partum depression if you come off too quickly.
I know you said you've been to a number of helpers, but I'm wondering if your baby has been evaluated for a tongue or lip tie by a qualified professional (probably not your doctor and maybe not your LC)? This might be something to investigate.
The book "making more milk" is very helpful for moms in your situation. It might also help to know that what happens during the first 6 weeks of breastfeeding influences what happens further down the road. So if there were problems in the early days and weeks (thinking separation, supplementation or schedules) it can impact how much milk you can make at 3 or 4 months.
Lastly, if you do need to supplement, there are a great many moms in your shoes using donor human milk. This can be found through facebook groups like eats on feets and human milk for human babies.
Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 08/21/2012

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You may want to get your thyroid checked.... it could be a long shot but my milk supply dropped to almost nothing as my thyroid was overactive.... They can do a simple blood test for you

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2012

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Aww I'm so sorry! Just try and relax, being tense will slow your production down. I drank mother's milk tea and water by the gallons. At about 11.5 months my supply was almost depleted where I was frantic since my daughter never had formula she would refuse it, once she hit 12 months I would give her cows milk 1x a day to help with my supply and I was able to BF until she was 17 month. Not wearing a bra does help. I got to a point where I would just pump one side and have my daughter suckle the other side. I haven't nursed in almost a year so I'm trying to recall things. You need to eat high caloric things and oatmeal does help a lot! I could definitely feel it. Also have hubby massage those boobies or do it yourself because stimulation has a lot to do with releasing.

Melissa - posted on 08/21/2012

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I totally feel for you. I was in the same boat. I did everything to get my milk supply up (pumping after nursing, herbals teas and supplements, supplementing aparratus, etc.) but only meds helped me produce enough milk.

After exhausting every option my lactation consultant had me read a 12 page research paper on the side effects of Reglan. Despite what I read I went ahead an took it. My supply increased immediately but the side effects were horrible. Unlike herbal remedies (which lose effectiveness after awhile) my milk supply stayed up until I weaned myself off and it stopped abruptly. I was constantly sleepy, irritable, and my skin was crawling. Reglan is a dopamine inhibitor with gave me ticks and anxiety. I was confused even driving home from my regular sandwich place. I never took it again.

With my second child I did all of the research on domperidone and it was banned in the US after deaths associated with intravenous use for terminally ill patients. No deaths have been reported for the pill form. It is up to you whether you feel it is worth the risk. I suffer from accute response to medication (meaning I usually have all the side effects or severe side effects to most medications. I purchased domperidone overseas and used it for 6 months while breastfeeding and not only benefit from increased milk supply but also very few side effects. Headaches and dry mouth are normal but only for the first few days.

I was able to breastfeed exclusively until my baby choose to stop nursing at 10 months when she decided to start eating table food. I felt I had no choice when it came to breastfeeding my baby she refused to bottle feed even to supplement. Good luck and pelease message me directly if you have any specific questions.

Diana - posted on 08/21/2012

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More Milk Plus by Motherlove!!!! U can get it at any natural food store(ie, Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods...or online) it was the only thing that helped me when we had to stop nursing for a bit when LO was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy. Its a mix of fenugreek, fennel and other herbs. I have tried it all with both boys and I swear by this!!

Kim - posted on 08/21/2012

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I bought fenugreek to but haven't tried it yet but heard it was better to mix blessed thistle with it to work better. But also read that blessed thistle wasn't recommended for breastfeeding I heard porridge is suppose to help to hope thisa hElps

Lori - posted on 08/21/2012

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I agree with the other moms, stress can be a factor. I struggled with my middle son when he was about 4 months old. I got strep throat and needed antibiotics. I lost so much milk production, that I had to rely on my frozen stored supply. I used to have an amazing supply and was able to store between 15-20 ounces a day from just pumping twice a day. But when I got sick I nursed my son then pumped afterwards every time. I ate oatmeal 1-2 times a day (just the instant oatmeal). Plus I bought nursing tea (drank 3 times a day) and within a week or so, my supply was back up to normal. Good luck, it is a hard battle, but one that can be won! Don't forget to sleep! The more you can sleep, the more your body will produce milk!

Stephanie - posted on 08/21/2012

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I agree with all the other mom's advice listed, especially the RELAX advice. Looking at your profile and your 5 mo old should be just fine. Perhaps he is ready for a change in nursing habits.

Back when I had a barium enema when my daughter was 5 mo old, I was frantic about my milk supply being low. I was advised to nurse like she was going through a growth spurt and nurse on both sides, as I normally nursed on one side per feeding. Additionally, I was advised to stop pumping. Deep down I can understand that you want to see how much your producing, but the amount that is pumped out (less than your used to) can seriously wrack your brain.

By relaxing and NOT pumping, but nursing as if she were going through a growth spurt and nursing on both sides I was soon back up and producing AND I was able to nurse her again one side per feeding.

As long as he has wet diapers, and seems satisfied then your doing fine. I know changes are not fun, but as long as you relax and let your son determine when he is hungry he will get enough. Hey, if your not feeding solids already- just think, you get to start giving him solids soon and he will get some nourishment from that- or at least help him feel more full.

Winter - posted on 08/21/2012

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I feel for you......when you are concerned about something, suggestions to relax as a solution (however well meant) can make you MORE stressed because you aren't relaxed. It is a horrible cycle to get into. If we could know a bit more about your situation, our suggestions might be more targeted. As previous posters have mentioned, knowing the age of your baby and why you are concerned about supply could trigger better feedback. Also, if there are specific stressors in your life. In general, I would suggest what the LCs call the 24 hour solution. Call a buddy or family member to run your household. Take to bed with your LO. Eat nourishing foods (that somebody else fixed) off a tray. Put on music that transports you to a happy place. Smell that place on your baby's head that always smells so sweet and babyish. Keep your nose there for a while. Fiddle with those little toes and starfish hands. Seek out those feelings of tenderness for your baby. Remember how you used to wonder who was in there when you were expecting? Tenderness gets those hormones going good. I'm not making one of those horrible milkcow references that obnoxious people always seem to make when they are disparaging breastfeeding, but getting in touch with your inner mammal might really help.

Mary Anne - posted on 08/21/2012

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Hello,
I hope what I have to share is helpful.
I breast fed both my girls till they were 2 years.
From experience, fenugreek helps. But you need to take up to 6 or 8 capsules a day. I am sorry but i cannot remember what is the measurement of each capsules. I took 6 to 8 foe a bout a month until the supply were consistent then I stay on a maintenance of 3 to 4 capsules a day for the next 2 months then reduces to 2 capsules a day for another 2 months then when i stop taking the fenugreek, the supply remained consistent.
Eating oats daily on a long term basis also help with milk production as I remember I have a good supply of milk when I ate them daily while breastfeeding y first child. My supply dropped at that time because I became lazy at pumping and kept dragging the time till I went home after work.
When i has my second child, milk supply was not so great but I had enough to breastfeed exclusively. When baby was about 7 months, the supply dropped and I took fenugreek to help increase.
Beef burger worked for me for some reason and so I took that 3 times a week. :P
so for me it was fenugreek, oats, beef burger and lots of water and rest.
I read that lactation medication only works when you are taking them and as soon as you stop, the supply will reduce again. I never took them because in Malaysia, breastfeeding is not such a huge thing and when i saw doctors for help, they asked me to just give up and turn to formula. Naturally I was angry and never went to them for help after that .

Lauren - posted on 08/21/2012

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My close friend is an amazing lactation consulatant. Going to get her to join circle of moms and respond.

Ghazal - posted on 08/21/2012

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Hey Kristina,
Try a spoon of cumin seeds with hot milk once or twice in a day.
I take this capsule sometimes even thrice a day http://www.mothershop.net/product.php?id... and produce pretty decent amount of milk for my 2 months older. she is also on full time breastfeed.
Don't pump your milk rather let baby take it directly from your breast. That increases the production.
Fenugreek, you already eat. ( I boil 2,3 spoons of fenugreek seeds in water for sometime (say 5 to 7 minute) and then put rice in it and make sort of sticky/watery pilao and eat it)
Avoid food like spices, citrus fruits & their juices, caffeine, alcohol, gassy veggies
rest water should be your best friend.
rest, sleep & no stress what-so-ever type. if it will be meant to happen, it will happen else it was no good for you & baby.
Best of Luck!!

Tysan - posted on 08/21/2012

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I don't know enough about your lifestyle from your post, but sometimes too much stress, whether it is in the form of emotional or physical can cause your milk supply to dry up. For example, After my first daughter was born, I discovered that I needed to cut down on exercise because I was losing too much weight, and my milk supply was not only changing, I was starting to dry up. As soon as I cut down on exercise, and increased my relaxation time, my milk supply returned.

Or if you are feeling stress from your personal life (handling multiple children, your marriage, etc) then your milk supply can get effected. Work on building up the tools to handle stress and you may find that the milk starts flowing in easily.

Finally, how's your diet? Are you eating enough nourishing foods. I recommend eating things such as Fish and fish ginger soup, chicken soup from free range chicken, and cut down on too much raw, processed, and "diet" foods such as low-fat butters, etc.

Hope this helps. Keep us posted.

Liz - posted on 08/20/2012

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Hi, don't know if it's true but I've heard that oats help up your supply, its worth a try and an excuse to eat flapjacks xx

Cheryl - posted on 08/19/2012

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my lactation consultant recommended that i take domperidone so thats what i was prescribed (im from canada). we also rented an electric pump and after a week or so, i started producing milk. when i pump i dont get more than 20ml (all together), but i was told that you produce more once you start breastfeeding. i also found out today that beer (even non alcoholic) helps increase milk supply.

Celeste - posted on 08/17/2012

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Can you tell us what's going on? How are you judging milk supply? How old is your baby? How are diapers?

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