Breast milk

Haley Marley - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I love feeding my baby with breast milk. Enough of my problems with the in-laws, right now I need to produce back my breast milk. How do I do that? I tried taking fenugreek (that is what I get from the web) but it didnt help much. Any ideas??

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Jessi - posted on 01/02/2010

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Fenugreek worked for me. But the amount i was taking was the crazy part. A lactation consultant put me on it and had me taking 4 capsules 4 times a day. If you are taking what they say on the bottle, it will only help your digestive system and not increase your supply. Fenugreek is actully to help the digestive system.

Then pumping with the fenugreek will definitely help. What the other moms said about pumpint will work.

Another think you can try, and even though it sounds like a bad idea, it will work. Have an alcoholic drink. You'll have to pump and dump after that drink, but it will increase your supply.

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Lynea - posted on 01/02/2010

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Mothers Milk Tea works wonders.. I drink it twice a day and it has had an amazing effect on my production!

Aicha - posted on 01/02/2010

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do you have a breast pump if so start pumping after feeding baby can also try a tea mix called mothers milk to make combine 3 ounces fennel seed 3 ounces anise seed 1 1/2 ounces fenugreek seed 1 1/2 ounces blessed thistle 1 1/2 chocolate mint mix well store in air tight container to make use 1 heaping tablespoon to one quart of boiling water steep about 5 minutes sweeten to taste also try contacting the La Leche League International www.llli.org or www.lllusa.org and they can help you increase your milk supply

Megan - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter seems to be unsatisfied with breastfeeding lately. She is normally a great feeder and always feeds well at her first morning feed when I am very full. I think she is getting frustrated with lack of milk later in the day and just cries. She latches on and feeds for a minute or two. I have had to give her formula a few times but really want to continue breastfeeding. Any suggestions to increase supply???

Allison - posted on 01/01/2010

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p.s. any kind of tea will work. . . just try to avoid the caffinated types, go more for herbal blends I like white and rooibos a lot. The pump is a good idea too, but it's only really effective if you have one of those super expensive electric ones. . . (my expirience anyway) drinking a lot will help you I'm on like 2 litres of water a day plus tea and decafinated coffee. . . and my little Penny-lane is fattening up nicely.

Allison - posted on 01/01/2010

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You have to let your baby latch on to feed more often. When she seems unsatisfied the let her try again. When you do this your body registers that your baby wants more milk. . . and it will produce more. The whole process takes about a day or 2 be patient. . . just camp out on the couch and feed her whenever she fusses. .. you'll be back on schedule in no time. . . (fuck your in-laws)

Aicha - posted on 12/30/2009

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do you have a breast pump if so start pumping after feeding baby can also try a tea mix called mothers milk to make combine 3 ounces fennel seed 3 ounces anise seed 1 1/2 ounces fenugreek seed 1 1/2 ounces blessed thistle 1 1/2 chocolate mint mix well store in air tight container to make use 1 heaping tablespoon to one quart of boiling water steep about 5 minutes sweeten to taste also try contacting the La Leche League International www.llli.org or www.lllusa.org and they can help you increase your milk supply
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Sherryann - posted on 12/30/2009

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You need to rest first of all sleep and stress will take from your ability to produce milk, I too have experienced this. You need to eat a balanced diet with,veggies, fruits and grains as well. Remember to stay hydrated, drinking a glass of water right before and after pumping helps. Continue to pumping as well as breast feed and this will assist in building a milk supply just until you start producing enough again to feed the baby.

Tamara - posted on 12/28/2009

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Hi mika,like erika i am an exclusive expresser and i am still expressing and my daughter is 17 weeks old and i keep up as well as having a bit extra during the day and a good supply in the freezer. i have had the occasional issue with supply. here are some of the things i do to keep my supply up.



REST - this is paramount get your partner on board to do give you the opportunity to get lots untill your milk supply kicks in enough for you. Also if you are having issues with stress this can effect your supply too so try and decrease your stress levels. (ban visitors/family if you have to, dont answer the phone and leave the housework)

Water - if you are dehydrated your body cant function properly so therefore cant effectively produce milk.

Healthy Eating - your body needs the energy to produce milk so ensure you are eating well and enough for you and your milk supply. you actually need more calories now than you did when you were pregnant. I have always had an issue with eating so i also take a mulitvitamin designed for breastfeeding.



Lactation milkshake - this helped me immensely but can cause a tummy ache and a bit of diahorrea so if you use it stay hm for the day until you know its effects on you. 1 litre of milk + 1 cup skim milk powder+1cup of aktavite (sustagen or other protein/vitamin enriched drink supplement) make it up like this or if too sweet cut out the skim milk powder. drink this throughout the day. you may need 3 days for it to start to work.



Power pumping is also good but if your breastfeeding i would suggest putting your bub on the breast as much as possible. your production works on supply and demand so the more you ask your body to make the more it should make. also try expressing after your feeds even if your only get 10mls thats better than nothing.



when i power pump i pump 10 minutes of every hour and i pump for the 10 minutes even if im not getting milk.



It sounds like alot of work but one or 2 days at the most is all you should need for your body to catch up with you so just chill in front of tv or read a book and spend a day relaxing your a mum you deserve it!!!!



Some other suggestions which i havent tried but have heard of or had suggested to me are



Mothers Milk

Blessed thistle

Fennell supplement

maxalon (anti nausea medication - script rqd)

Tracy - posted on 12/28/2009

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There is mother milk tea, are you pumping? There are also some perscriptions that you can get from your Dr. that will increase your milk.

Sarah - posted on 12/28/2009

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If your really keen i was also told about a drug called motillium, its an anti nausea drug that has the side effect of causing increased milk production. Its prescription only here in Australia but i've been told its over the counter in other countries. I opted not to use it as there are some known side effects, i would research it thoroughly before you use it.

Megan - posted on 12/27/2009

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Breastmilk is by supply and demand (in addition to eating and drinking for your nutrition). The more a baby suckles the more milk you will produce. It may take a few days/weeks to build up a supply if it has dwindled, but all you really need to do is nurse.

LaNeeta - posted on 12/27/2009

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WELL I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT THE FENUGREEK AND PLENTY OF WATER HELP. ALSO IF YOU JUST NURSE YOUR BABY EVEN IF NOTHING IS COMING OUT HELPS ALOT CAUSE IT MAKES YOUR BODY BELIEVE THAT YOUR BABY NEEDS MORE MILK THAN YOUR PRODUCING AND YOUR BODY WILL START PRODUCING WITHIN 4 TO 5 DAYS. I HOPE THIS HELPS!

Ericka - posted on 12/27/2009

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#1: Make sure you are getting enough fluids and rest!

#2: Do you pump at all? Power pumping where you pump 10 min then rest 10 min and repeat for 1-2 hours every night for a week can help.

#3: Lactation cookies can be helpful, they are nutritious and delicious! You can look up the recipie by general search.

#4: I have heard that oatmeal helps, not the instant kind in packets but the Quaker kind that comes in the round container. The lactation cookies have oatmeal in them if you don't like it any other way.



Hope this helps! I am an exclusive pumper and those cookies and power pumping have helped me keep my milk production up after I was told I would stop producing since my baby doesn't nurse at my breast. 13 weeks and I am still producing enough for DS every day and have a small supply in the freezer too!

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