breast feeding

Chayadevi - posted on 09/03/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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hi all can any one help me how to increase the breast milk as my baby not able to get sufficient breast milk and doctor suggested to give formula fed to put on weight

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Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2013

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Hi Chayadevi,

Kudos for working so hard to feed your sweet baby! I know it's frustrating to feel you aren't producing enough. Did the doc determine your little one definintely isn't getting enough? Have you tried drinking more water? Sometimes that helps. There are also some things to try, after checking with your doc first. I ended up using fenugreek. I smelled like maple syrup - true story - but it helped. There is also a tea called Mother's Milk. If that doesn't work well enough, as it didn't for me, you may have to supplement AFTER nursing. I always nursed first. I gave my daughter every drop I could get and then supported her with a little extra. It can decrease your production, but at least the baby is getting the benefits of what you do produce. Best of luck!

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Sylvia - posted on 09/07/2013

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Your diet is a huge factor, better nutrition will produce fatty milk which is more filling. Lots of water is a key as well. Also try one of the old Polish recipes and drink lots of black tea with milk (probably decaf so your baby is not jacked up on caffeine :)

With my first child, I just couldn't produce enough milk and started supplementing right off the bat. It worked wonders for me. I know a lot of people are against it and it definitely make breast feeding harder, but in the end my son was sleeping through the night at 2.5 months and was chubby like a cherub and I continued with part time breast feeding until he was 7 months.

With my daughter, I started supplementing at 4 months as once again I started losing milk. So I took Motilium. Domperidone (Motilium™) is a digestive drug that has, as a side effect, the increase of milk production, by increasing prolactin production by the pituitary gland. Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates the cells in the mother’s breast to produce milk. It extended my breast feeding by extra 3 months but as soon as I stopped, I started losing milk again. Which was okay with me, 7 months was enough as my daughter was already on solids.

Hope this helps.

Kim - posted on 09/03/2013

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Don't give formula unless abosultely necessary, if you want to breastfeed! It will just make it harder to produce more, and baby will get fed up with working for it whereas a bottle just delivers it. Just keep offering the breast, it is a supply and demand sort of relationship. Keep at it and you will produce enough. Often, people think they don't produce enough and they really do- Why do you think you are not?

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