Need to increase my milk supply

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Heather - posted on 04/08/2010

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I've heard that eating a lot of oatmeal will boost your supply too. I ate a bowl of homecooked oatmeal every morning before I gave birth and after as well- I had enough milk for twins... can we say Mooooooooooooo :)

Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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Frequent feeding (as often as the baby is hungry) can increase your milk supply and you don't even have to remember to take anything!

Celeste - posted on 04/07/2010

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Herbs can work fine, but be sure you do have a supply issue. If you don't, you might get oversupply, which can be a problem as well!

Can you tell me why you think you have a supply issue? Sometimes, you might perceive a supply issue when you're probably fine. How old is your baby? How many diapers is baby getting?

Also, read this:
Is your milk supply really low?
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Sara - posted on 04/07/2010

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I have never had it recommended to me by a nurse or midwife, but Blessed Thistle is an herb that is used primarily for increasing milk supply. I try to be as natural as possible... I was looking for marshmallow at GNC and the girl who was helping me recommended Blessed Thistle. You can find it at a health foods store, and Fenugreek is supposed to help as well. So is pumping/nursing as often as you can, especially making sure you're empty after baby eats. Lots of water. I personally made the mistake of not drinking enough water, especially when I had a cold. Unfortunately I had to give my son a bit of formula. :'(

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Also there is Mother's Milk tea (it has fenugreek in it & other herbs that are supposed to stimulate production)- several dif. brands and I've heard that they work really well. Also nurse as frequently as you can. And then some. Your body is supply & demand and if you need more supply, you need to trick your body that there is more demand by nursing the baby more frequently. Also the water is another good one. As bf moms we need to drink more than the recommended daily amount- I forget how much I've read/heard that we need, but it's more than 64 oz.
Also watch out for things than can potentially dry up your milk- some birth controls, herbs and over the counter medicines.

Heather - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi! I would recommend what (the other hehe) Heather said! Also, Traditional Medicinals has a herbal tea called Mother's Milk...works like a charm! And doesn't taste half bad either!!! I usually try to drink about 64oz of water a day and eat lots of protein when I'm trying to up my supply!

Good luck!
Breastfeeding Mom of Two :)

Heather - posted on 04/07/2010

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When I needed to increase due to traveling for work, I took fenugreek. You can buy it at GNC or most pharmacies/healthfood stores. I took 1-2 caplets 3x's a day. That really made a difference in the amount I could pump. Also, be sure you are drinking enough water when you are nursing or pumping and eat about an hour before (at least that was best for me). Good luck!

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