How do I increase my breastmilk?

Tammy - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a three month old son who I breastfeed and use formula. I had alot of trouble breastfeeding so have only started breastfeeding again for two weeks. But my milk runs really low from about 4pm onwards, I have to give him a bottle because he is only on the breast for a few minutes each, continually pulling off and crying. This occurs for about the next 3 feeds until he goes to bed. I have no problem feeding him at his 2:30am feed onwards.

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Danielle - posted on 09/20/2009

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Drink heaps of water and they say feed more often. The more often feeding didnt really work for me but the drinking heaps of water did.

Melissa - posted on 09/20/2009

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Talk to a lactation consultant if you can. From my experience pumping every 2-3 hours, drinking dark beer (like Guinness), and Mother's milk Tea are things you can easily try. Also if you are going to give a bottle then make sure to pump when you do so your supply doesn't go down.

Olivia - posted on 09/20/2009

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your body responds to the demand you put on it so more you nurse even when he isnt getting anything the more milk your body will prduce. I find when my little girl increases her feed about evey 2-3 weeks we have 24 to 48 hours befor my body responds to the demnd its a tough 24-48 hours but no demand no supply! good luck :)

Erin - posted on 09/20/2009

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u might try pumping. Me 3 month old sleeps through the night so I just get up a couple of times and pump and I seem to make more milk. He also only nurses on one side usually per feeding so I then pump the other side now I'm able to feed him and put some back for when I'm not with him

Lily - posted on 09/20/2009

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nurse more often and for a longer amount of time. the more you nurse the more milk you will make.

Cristin - posted on 09/20/2009

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i'm no expert on the subject but did have some issues when my daughter was younger too. I found it incredibly helpful and encouraging to contact the Le Leche League. They have a website so you can just google it and go from there it really worked well for me my daughter is now 18 months and I'm trying to figure out how to get her to stop breastfeeding lol good luck to you!!!

Cristin - posted on 09/20/2009

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i'm no expert on the subject but did have some issues when my daughter was younger too. I found it incredibly helpful and encouraging to contact the Le Leche League. They have a website so you can just google it and go from there it really worked well for me my daughter is now 18 months and I'm trying to figure out how to get her to stop breastfeeding lol good luck to you!!!

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