Reduced milk production and what do I supplement feedings with?

Amber - posted on 04/20/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 months and likes to breast feed anywhere from 2 -3 times a day the problem is i'm not producing enough milk. What can I give him to supplement the breast milk? I've heard about goats milk, I really don't want to put him on formula and turn him into a chubby baby and he's sensitive to lot's of the formulas out there. I've also heard that you shouldn't give a child under 12 months cow's milk. Any suggetstions ladies?

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Kaija - posted on 04/17/2016

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You can boost your production through healthy nursing tea that's a safe and natural way to boost the supply.

Christina - posted on 04/23/2009

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Hi Amber,
Try to stimulate your milk supply by either manually expressing or with a pump, after you feed, and if that doesn't boost your supply start doing it between feeds as well.
Also contact your Breastfeeding Association (not sure what country you're in, but nearly all have them) and they'll be able to help

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I can give a semi explanation of SNS. Maybe someone who's used it (or actually SEEN it) will pop in to give a better explanation soon. I 'think' it somehow attaches to you and you have a little tube where the milk comes out right by your nipple, so the baby is sucking on you and getting your milk out, but getting additional milk out at the same time. Someone correct me if I'm wrong or at least explain it better, please. :)

Maggie - posted on 04/22/2009

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check with pdeiatricians or lactation consultants and get a SNS supplemental Nursing System!

Amber - posted on 04/22/2009

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I don't have enough milk for my baby either. I pump and he takes the breast milk from a bottle and he gets a couple bottles of formula during the night. I would recommend pumping if you can I work and I pump 5 times a day. I would also recommend supplimenting with organic formula they now have an organic similac too.

Emily - posted on 04/22/2009

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If the others' suggestions don't work and you arent' able to continue breastfeeding for the first year I would only recommend supplementing with formula. It doesn't make you a bad mother. It's also specially formulated for babies unlike animal milks which were designed to grow baby animals. When I had to supplement (fortunately only from 7-9 months about a bottle per day) with my youngest child I used Bright Beginnings organic because it had the lowest sugar content of any I could find and organic was important to me.

Barbie - posted on 04/21/2009

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My milk supply reduced when I got hit with a nasty stomach flu. My LO was only 5 weeks old. I had to supplement with formula but used a soy based one. I don't think your little boy will get fat if he's only having a couple feedings a day. Have you tried pumping throughout the day to get your supply back up? Anything that you pump can be used in a bottle. It can even be mixed with formula so at least there are some antibodies in it.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2009

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Thanks alot ladies I appreciate all the advice, my mother is a big advocate of la leche league,so i know about them i just have such a busy schedule it would be hard to go to meetings. I think the reason he only wants to feed 2-3 times a day is maybe he's trying to wean himself. So if he weans himself what could i give him instead of breast milk? He still needs something to supplement.

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Can you get him to nurse more often? If he nurses more often it might up your production. 2-3 times doesn't sound like very much. I know my girls were nursing 5-6 times in 24 hours at that age. My son was (and still is, at 13 months) more like 10 times! He nurses a LOT though. :)

Amber - posted on 04/21/2009

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What about pumping if you pump you will help increase your supply and you can feed him what you pump. They say after the morning feeding is the best time to pump and you can also pump on one side while your baby is nursing on the other.

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I 2nd everything Cheyenne says! Do anything you can to nurse your baby as much as possible and it will all balance out. This happened with my daughter around 7 months. She's 10 1/2 now and happily nursing still!!

Cheyenne - posted on 04/21/2009

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My milk production also seemed to take a dip when my daughter was around 9-10 months old but she indicated that she wasnt ready to be weaned. Luckily I attend La Leche League meetings, so I just phoned one of the consultants up, and on following her advice; my daughter is 23 months old now and I am still happily breastfeeding!



All I had to do was feed Anabelle as much as was humanly possible for about a week or two, which REALLY worked to increase my milk flow. The same concept of supply on demand is still true, even at your son's age of 9 months! The more the demand (how much he drinks) the more your breasts will supply (milk!).



It also helps to eat healthily and keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day. Just remember, we dont always see how much milk our babies are drinking, but it doesnt mean they are not getting enough! My breasts felt so empty and small, which just added to my concerns that I wasnt producing enough milk, but please dont worry about this, it is NORMAL and does in NO WAY mean that you are not producing milk!



Why dont you look up the La Leche group in your area, they are the worlds International Authority on breastfeeding, recognised by the World Health Organisation. They are obviously worldwide and free! That is what has helped me through all the obstacles of breastfeeding so far!



You're doing a fantastic job! Keep trusting your instincts!



Good luck.

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