worried mother about not producing Enough milk?

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I feel like im not producing enough milk and that my kathy isnt getting enough milk. what should I do???

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Kelly - posted on 08/14/2016

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Get in touch with a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader. In the mean time, try drinking Healthy nursing tea. This organic tea will help you producing more milk.

Chantell - posted on 01/21/2009

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make sure you are eating enough food and drinking lots of water!!! keep on feeding and feeding and feeding baby.. also try to pump 3 times a day. that should increase your milk supply.

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2009

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I am having similar problems but with unfortunately verified low volume.  I also was perscribed Reglan and have been taking Fenugreek as well; but my volume remains low.  I worked with lactation consultants during my hospital stay and the entire week my preemie baby was kept after birth, but nothing seems to have worked, including frequent pumping.  Sadly, there are just some of us who have a low supply, though every little bit we can provide is a benefit and a boon to baby is what the doctors have told me.

Katharine - posted on 01/20/2009

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I would contact the La Leache League in your area and a Lactation Consultant.  They can be quite helfpful.  I felt I never made enough for my daughter who is now 3 and I guess I did fine cause she never seemed hungry but I could never pump enough for her so don't judge how much you can pump based on how much your kid can get because they do a better job of getting the milk than you do.  I would go by diapers if you get 8-10 wet diapers a day then you are doing fine.  I get that many plus almost all of them are also poopy as well so that is a very good sign.  Personally I would attend some LLL meetings for the reasurance. 

Katharine - posted on 01/20/2009

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I would contact the La Leache League in your area and a Lactation Consultant.  They can be quite helfpful.  I felt I never made enough for my daughter who is now 3 and I guess I did fine cause she never seemed hungry but I could never pump enough for her so don't judge how much you can pump based on how much your kid can get because they do a better job of getting the milk than you do.  I would go by diapers if you get 8-10 wet diapers a day then you are doing fine.  I get that many plus almost all of them are also poopy as well so that is a very good sign.  Personally I would attend some LLL meetings for the reasurance. 

Kim - posted on 01/20/2009

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i had the same problem. i have started taking fenugreek, and it has helped my milk production. there is also a nursing mother's tea that has the fenugreek and some other vitamins that can help with milk production



also, my lactation nurse told me that after feeding to pump and "empty" the breast. you're body will only produce what it thinks your baby needs, so you can trick it into thinking your baby needs more by emptying it.



hope this helps!

Kristina - posted on 01/19/2009

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i was never able to produce enuf milk for my babies, it does happen to some woman, it runs in my family. i had to bottle feed so my children wuldnt starve but i also breast fed at the same time just to get the bonding in there

Courtney - posted on 01/19/2009

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I actually WASN"T producing enough milk. I took fenugreek seed 3 caps 3 times a day. My pediatrician recomened it to me. I also have taken Reglan but seem to produce enough now. Sometimes I do have to supplement with formula but my son is growing FAST!! 8lbs 21in at birth to 11lbs 24in at 5 weeks. My husband is 6ft 4in so I have a feeling he is going to be huge. Your body will get used to producing enough as the baby demands it. Good Luck!!!!

Gemma - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi Jennifer,

I now how you feel, I had the same anxiety with my 1st child! You're body will produce enough milk to meet the feeding demands of your baby and this changes as your baby develops and grows. If your baby is putting on weight, having plenty of wet nappies (breast fed babies don't always poo every day as breast milk can be completely absorbed - my 1st used to poo every 6-10 days for the first few months!!) and is settled between feeds then try not to worry. You will know if you're baby is not satisfied after a feed. Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating a balanced diet to help with your 'supply'! If you are still worried, speak to your Doctor or Health Visitor.

Sara - posted on 01/13/2009

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I was worried about that too. but then i took thomas to get wighed an he'd gone from 7lbs 13 to 9lbs 1 so he was getting plenty.



have you tried expressing milk into a bottle and giving it to the little one? then you can see how much milk comes out and how much she drinks? :) ive been doing this for a few weeks and its really reassuring xxx

Loreta - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have the same problem. Doctor prescribed me "Reglan" and said it should help increase milk supply 2 times. It didn't increase as much as I wanted to so I took prescribtion the second time. It seems that I'm getting more milk but still not as much as I would like to. I supplement with formula and try pumping once in a while. You should pump and see how much milk you produce so you'd have a general idea of how much your baby is getting.

Erin - posted on 01/13/2009

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I reccomment not stressing too much about it - if your baby is still hvaing 6-8 wet nappies a day then she is fine- (although check with the doctor or health nurse if you want to make sure)- as your body gets used to making milk you will feel less 'full' and it feels like you are not making enough- what it is , is your body learning how to make the right amount- so it feels like there is less but it is fine... again- check with the doctor if you want to make sure- but most mothers go through a stage where they think they are not making enough milk and it is usually fine...

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Talk to your doctor because she/he can recommend a lactation specialist who can tell you if your baby is getting enough. They can weigh your baby before and after a feeding also. Another way to tell is the wet diapers. I recommend talking to your doctor!

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