Not making enough milk...?

Britni - posted on 11/12/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have resently had to start supplementing with formula and when I went to my Dr. I got no advice on how to create more. It scares me because I love breastfeeding so much and hate having to feed that nasty stuff to Leila. Any advice?

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Cadie - posted on 11/28/2011

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I agree with Celeste, first you need to be SURE you're not producing enough. I was positive when my son was six weeks old that he wasn't getting enough milk. when I contacted my local Lactation Consultant she told me (over the phone) that it was more likely that I was producing to much milk. Sounds crazy, right? I yelled and cried and that sweet and very patient women told me a way to increase my milk in a couple of days until she could see me and my son. Well, by the time I saw her (3 days later) I had engorge my breast with milk and was on the verge of mastitis. She was right, I had Over Supply Syndrome. My baby was getting to much fore milk (which is sugar water) and not enough Hide milk (the nutritious stuff). This was causing my son to stop nursing after only 5 minutes and he would scream (I thought it was out of hunger and frustration). What really was happening was he would get a belly ache from all the sugar and get really gassy and burp like a man. All of which are symptoms of OSS. So talk to a LC or contact LLL. 1% of bf moms don't produce enough milk, 20% of bf moms produce to much...those are good odds. Good luck sweetheart.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/23/2011

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I know this is a breast feeding mom's forum. But I resent the term nasty stuff for formula because what do you think adopted babies are fed?

I suggest keeping your fluids up, eatting oatmeal and investing in a breast pump. Nursing more will help bring in more milk as well.

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/23/2011

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I feel bad for people who say that their doctors didn't care or have experianced health care professionals who don't care. I've never had that issue. I was pretty much tossed into breastfeeding back home by people I didn't know very well and the lactation consultants at WIC where I'm from. The only person who wasn't pushing it at me was my mom, but that's because she never did it. Maybe it's just the part of the country you're from though?



I'd keep trying though. My nephew isn't being breastfed and I don't know if it's genetics or what, but he's been having a shedload of issues. Right now at 3 months he has an ear infection, conjunctavitus and pnuemonia. I blame genetics though because I was a healthy baby.

Maree - posted on 11/23/2011

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Maybe you need to find a baby clinic nurse/lactation consultant....i don't think most doctors have a clue or really care too much about whether you bf or not so personally i think you need a lactation consultant ASAP. I would never supplement but you obviously feel that you had no choice and i think...shame on the medical system for letting you down. I hope you get help soon cause once you give formula it can really be a downward slope (and before i get my ass kicked...yes i know you can ff and bf without a problem but you need to do it right and be very very careful).

Good luck Britni and good on you for breast feeding and for being so passionate about it...i admire that!!!

I too would be totally devastated if i stopped bf so i would stop at nothing to make it work...keep asking for help,demand help if you have to...your babys little body will really thank you !!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/23/2011

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Fair enough. I'm just sensitive because I'm adopted and was formula fed.

Britni. If you lived in my hometown I could refer to a few OBGYNs who do help with breastfeeding. I'm from Rochester, NY and my OBGYN and her practice are all very pro breastfeeding. So is where I delivered my girls. The lactation consultant is very helpful.

Again I still swear by oatmeal and keeping hydrated. And don't stress because that's why I had to stop with my first. Too many emotional issues.

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Let's try to keep the post on topic and remember what this mom is going through. I don't think she meant to hurt anyone's feelings. She's new at breastfeeding and obviously really wants it to work. There's a difference between judging other moms and disliking a product. Let's keep *all* of the posts positive :).



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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/23/2011

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And I personally think it's rude to people who were adopted. So we breastfeed it doesn't mean that we should pass judgement on other moms

Maree - posted on 11/23/2011

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If an adopted baby has to be fed "nasty stuff" then so be it...that's what happens when a baby doesn't have the biological mum anymore and i'm sure bottle feeding is worth it to have a baby. Doesn't mean the writer of this post can't think it's nasty when she believes it is...and personally i agree

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 11/22/2011

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Doctors offer little to no help on breastfeeding in my honest opinion. When I was in the hospital getting ready to give birth they had a lactation specialist come in and talk to me about breast feeding and what to do, how to produce enough milk (supply=demand!) and she helped me latch him on the first time and it was a breeze afterwards! Trust your instinct's and try to stop the formula, it will decrease your production because baby isn't getting it from you!

Maree - posted on 11/16/2011

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I agree you just need to feed more. I have noticed that if i feed my baby to get her to sleep and she won't go to sleep...I feed her again half an hour later (sometimes less) and i get another let down !!! If you feed often enough (not that i'm saying feed every half hour) your body will think the baby needs more milk and will start to make enough for frequent feeds. So i guess the same thing happens if you pump instead of feeding. You would probably get less out through pumping but it would still be telling your breasts to make more milk. Once you have a bit more you could get her off the formula which once again would cause you to make more !!

Shauna - posted on 11/14/2011

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Try to pump after you give him the formula to help your breasts learn there's not enough milk. The more they're drained, the more they'll make. If you don't pump, you may always be that amount of formula short.

Mary - posted on 11/12/2011

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I had to give my son 1 bottle a day of formula until he was 3 months old because I was not producing enough. the more they suck the more will eventually come. it takes a while for some woman. hang in there Drink LOTS of H2O and eat a lot of oatmeal:) nurse whenever you can and it will happen! :) good luck!

Celeste - posted on 11/12/2011

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First, we need to determine how you know that you're not making enough milk? What's going on?

Diane - posted on 11/12/2011

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There's heaps of ways to increase you're milk supply. If you get in touch with your local LLL group they'd be able to point you in the right direction. If you offer your baby the breast as much as possible that will also help your supply. You can also pump after feedings (you don't need to buy a pump if you don't have one, google hand expressing). Certain herbs will help as well (fenugreek is a good one, you'll end up smelling like maple syrup though once you get the dose correct). Always offer the breast before formula and make it harder for her to drink the formula by putting it in a small cup like a plastic shot glass so she has to lap it up. Good luck with getting rid of the formula.

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