What can I do to gain more breastmilk?

Jamie - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Things i can eat or drink to gain more breast milk.

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Lisa - posted on 05/27/2009

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Feeding on demand and try drinking Milo or Sustagen with your breakfast. My nan recommended it as she breast fed all 10 of her kids and found Milo to increase her supply. Also gives you energy!

Karla - posted on 05/30/2009

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I am another going thru the same thing. I have been using Fenugreek since she was born. We are hitting winter here - harder to drink lots of water but will def. increase - i have oatmeal every morning with milo anyway. She is also becoming a 'lazy' baby where she is too lazy to suck for it on the breast - when it comes on tap via bottle. I try her out on the booby all the time but it just frustrates her - and me.

ELissa - posted on 05/29/2009

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i am having the sam eproblem with increasing my milk supply...and thank you to all tha commented i will take u advice

Laura - posted on 05/26/2009

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i take domperidone tablets 10mgs. look it up on internet. to increse my milk suppy with domperidone.. I take 30mg 3 times aday. They are brilliant. i swear they really do work you notice the affects after 12 hours of taking first tablet., u can get them from the doctor

Taliah - posted on 05/29/2009

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I just saw a lactation consultant yesterday. My problem was that she was still hungry after feedings. It wasn't that my daughter wasn't gaining enough weight, the problem was that she was still hungry after feeding on both breasts and wouldn't take my breast after that feeding session so I would have to give her a bottle once or twice a day. I had an infection on my right breast and now it's not producing enough as my left. If you have an electric pump she recommends to pump for 15 minutes on both breasts 2 to 3 times daily between feedings. Maybe once in the day and twice at night since you produce less milk at night this will bump up your supply. Now I don't know how much your making but I was only making 2 ounces in my right breast and about 4 to 5 in my left. Also drink plenty of water a least 8 ounces after each feeding. The point is to keep yourself hydrated especially with summer coming. Hope this helps I'm going through the same thing so I can relate. It get's frustrating but keep at it :)

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Sara - posted on 04/06/2016

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I boosted my breast milk supply by drinking healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea.

Monicadawn80 - posted on 05/29/2009

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im going through the same thing....my LC recommended eating oatmeal everyday and drinking mother's milk tea.

Kris - posted on 05/29/2009

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the more you nurse the more milk you get!!! :) I guess you could just nurse like 50 times a day, like I do. haha!!

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Drink plenty of water, and if he nods off on a breast before finishing up, pump from that breast. You can also pump up to five minutes after your baby has stopped nursing. I also have a beer or two a week. Alcohol or N/A doesn't matter, as long as you nurse and then drink right after, you won't have a problem. The yeast is what helps, at least I'm told. I did this and I have an abundance.

Chrissy - posted on 05/27/2009

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do the fenugreek, you can get it anywhere and it works wonders. plus everything you excrete from your body will smell like maple suryp!!! not kidding! sweat, pee, your milk!! everything, you wont stink for a long time!!

Kristyn - posted on 05/27/2009

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have your baby nurse on each breast twice or even three times in a feeding. Right, left, right, left, etc. It tricks your body into thinking you have twins and boosts your supply.

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Get Maximilk from Mountain Meadow Herbs. All natural. I haven't used it as I have more than enough for my babies. My friend couldn't nurse her first for more than six wks. Her second one she nursed several months using Maximilk. I've only used some of there other herbs. Like Gentle Birth. First baby my labor was 30 hrs .For my next 2 I used Gentle Birth. 2nd baby 4 hrs. 3rd baby 6 hrs and not very hard labors either. Good stuff. Enjoy Nursing!

Gracy - posted on 05/27/2009

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Try alcohol free beers, oatmeal and one thing that works every time, I dont know how, is mix red rum+egg yolk (free range)+milk+honey in same proportion, mix well and drink it. My mum suggested, I didnt believe, thought having alcohol is a no no. But whenever I take, my breast just fills up. You might want to take it after putting her to bed.

Anna - posted on 05/26/2009

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I got some great advice here, I'll try some of them myself since I have to boost my supply! Greedy little guy, my boy! :) I want to add one thing though - eat the max dose of calcium citrate tablets (the ones with vitamin D) every day. That together with oceans of water ;) has worked really good for me.

Shannon - posted on 05/26/2009

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Quoting Holly:

I used Fenugreek from GNC- it worked wonders



i have been trying fenugreek and it seems to be making my baby fussy is that normal???

Minnie - posted on 05/26/2009

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The best way to increase your supply is to nurse, nurse, and nurse some more. All supplements are hit-or miss success-wise. There should be no reason to pump (what did mothers EVER do before them?). If you are nursing as you should in order to increase supply you won't have a chance to pump. Put baby to breast whenever he needs it.



What makes you think your supply is low? Is baby nursing very frequently? That's normal, and that's how baby stimulates your breasts to increase production.

Lisa - posted on 05/26/2009

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Have you tried Oatmeal? My LC suggested eating an oatmeal cookie as a snack and instant oatmeal before going to bed. I do this everyday and have a great supply. I tried Fenugreek early on and it also helped.
You could also try a pumping power hour. It really easy to do. You can do it while watching your favorite show at night =) Just pump during the commercials and rest when the show is on. Do this for an hour. It will help build your supply.
Good luck

Natalie - posted on 05/26/2009

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let your baby suckle on you even if you know there is nothing there, it lets the body know you need to make more milk, do this as much as poss, it sooo worked for me and i drink a beast feeding tea every day (has fenugrek and fennel in it which increases milk)

good luck

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2009

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More water and milk help. Also, you need a lot of rest to have good milk production. I know that seems impossible with a baby. I try to do one or two feedings lying in bed with her. That way I can get a little break too. I have my hubby entertain the other children while I do this so there are no distractions. Also, the more often you offer the breast the more milk you will likely produce. Good Luck

Amy - posted on 05/26/2009

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make sure you are eating enough calories and drinking enough water. you need more calories than you were eating while pregnant to breastfeed. pump a few times a day and breastfeed more often to help stimulate to produce more. it should only take a few days.

Rachel - posted on 05/26/2009

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I work as a nutrtionist with the WIC program and I would suggest some of the same things posted above. Some other ideas are a bowel of oatmeal daily, also brewer's yeast 3 tablespoons daily, increase by 1/2 teaspoon daily until results are seen. Blessed thistle from herbal store. Also your MD can prescrip Metaclopromide ( reglan) which helps some people. Best of wishes, just remember you are giving the greatest gift to your baby by breastfeeding.

Lisa - posted on 05/26/2009

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When I was nursing my 2nd child I got very sick & could not eat for weeks.Because of that, I lost my breast milk even though I was still nursing. I started drinking a green drink or a barely grass drink & it made my milk come back very rich. I drank it every morning as long as I was nursing. You can get it at a health food store or nutrition center.

Safia - posted on 05/26/2009

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Milk works like supply and demand, the more you feed/pump the more it will produce. I am not sure of any specific herbal remedy, im sure theres a lot, but your mood and health has a lot to do with it. Keep yourself hydrated, and drink herbal tea to calm you down, when you are relaxed milk flows, and the baby is also relaxed. I learned this the hard way :) Best of luck!

Randi - posted on 05/25/2009

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i actually had an issue where i was feeding my son and in the begining it was easy as pie but as time went on i ended up having to pump and i noticed that if i drank more water it helped a little butit was more the combination of drinking more water and milk as well as a healthy diet and i would start producing more within a days spand of time i believe iwent from pumping 2 oz both breasts together to about 4 to 5 oz between the two of them. and the pumping after every to everyother feeding for about 5 minutes more will help increase it as well. I also heard of the pills or supplement but wic would not give it to me i figured for myself personally it was cheaper to go with increasing my fluids and pumping more often as a great alternative

Melanie - posted on 05/25/2009

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I have always heard that drinking PLENTY of water everyday will help along with making sure that your baby is feeding for ATLEAST ten minutes on each breast and then going back to the first one if still hungry. Also, my sister talked to her lactation consultant about some kind of herbal pill or something to help her produce more. I hope these help.

Krista - posted on 05/25/2009

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My LC suggested an herbal rememdy, found and natural foods stores called More Milk Plus by MotherLove. It is helping me produce enough for my twins to breastfeed exclusively! :O) And I just started pumping too... 1x or 2x a day in the morning usually, but it seems to help me not feel empty by the evening.

Cocheiska - posted on 05/25/2009

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Eat or drink? I dont know, but have you tried pumping just after you've finished a nursing session? Or try pumping in the morning - its when we have the most supply!! :) The more comes out (via nursing or pumping) the more you'll produce.

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