How Can I get more Milk

Jamye - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am producing milk but not a whole lot, any idea on how i can produce more

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Ashley - posted on 02/21/2018

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I’d say just nurse like crazy. Every second you got spare, till your nips are gonna fall off.
I wasn’t doing much in the hospital they didn’t wanna send me and baby home cuz baby wasn’t peeing much and so they gave me a hospital grade mardela and I pumped for like 30mins every 2 hours AND nursed my son. Same at home. I got a pump and pumped and nursed just in case. The more you do it the more you produce.

Brook - posted on 02/18/2018

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Healthy nursing tea!!! You can find it on walmart or amazon. I add about a tablespoon of flax seed to my oatmeal every morning. It also helps supply.

Jamye - posted on 10/20/2009

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whats hard for me is pumping when i pump i don't get any milk but however when I breast feed, the twins get what they need, cause it shows up when they go to the bathroom....

Dianne - posted on 10/17/2009

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My son was born early plus i had huge flat nipples so my son wouldn't latch on and so i ended up pumping andputting it in a bottle to feed him for the first six weeks, i took mother's milk for a month and pumped every 3 hours (needless to say i was a wreck). He than started to suckle with a breast sheild, and now at 16 weeks suckles straight from the nipple most of the time; what keeps up the supply is i nurse him often and pump after every other feed. I never pump less than 20 mins whether milk comes out or not as the dry pumping helps. Your nipples will be sore, i used lansinoh, but in the end it has been worth it as i have a steady supply, and i only need to suppliment with about 4 ounces a day and sometimes not at all. Good luck as no one told me either that it was going to be a hard slog to breast feed.

Brandy - posted on 10/16/2009

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If you want, you can pump after feedings and when the milk stops flowing, continue pumping for another 15 minutes even though nothing is coming out. Within 3 days, your milk supply should increase.

Wendy - posted on 10/16/2009

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It is supply and demand. Nurse as much as the baby wants and you should have enough milk, other than that drink plenty of water and try pumping.

Bethany - posted on 10/16/2009

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I find that the less I eat, the more frustrated Charlotte gets, and hurts my nipples more from sucking too hard. If I have three good sized meals and three good sized snacks, like a sandwich, or a banana and yoghurt smoothy, regularly I get less cracked nipples (ouch!) I also have snack bars and crackers near my bed and in the pantry for snacks after night time feeds because sometimes I'll have dinner and then feed Charlotte and then go to bed, without a snack, and that night and the next morning, I have less milk.

Adrienne - posted on 10/16/2009

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I had the same problem with my second son. I used a natural supplement well two because they are suppose to go together then I also drank a mother's milk tea and it work!
fenugreek and blessed thistle is what I used besides the nursing tea. I was also told to either breastfed every half hour to every hour to help bring in my milk supply. Good Luck!

Malissa - posted on 10/16/2009

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I agree with Bethany on the eating lots of healthy foods!!! I actually drand the nutritional suppliment drink called Boost, I could actually smell the vitamins as my son nursed. Another thing I drank was vitamin water its super cheap and some of them actually tasted really good. At night try to keep a box of granola bars near your "nursing station", I used to be the most hungry during the middle of the night feedings and those bars helped me a lot. I was told that you are supposed to consume twice the amout of calories than if you were not nursing. I hope this helps

Bethany - posted on 10/16/2009

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I was feeding Charlotte about every 1 and a half to 2 hours at first, to get my supply up. Your body will only make what is demanded of it. She then fed about every 3 hours during the day, with a long sleep at night. Now she feeds about 6 times in 24 hrs at 8 mths. My health nurse also told me to make sure you are eating alot, of good food, keep up the healthy snacks, like cheese sandwiches, and yoghurt, and fruit, and eggs,etc. I snack every couple of hours, plus meals. Now is not the time to be concerned about your figure, just your health. and drinking a cup of fluid every time you feed, or about 8 cups a day, this can be any liquid other than caffienated including soups, teas, juice etc. As a last resort she recommended I speak to my doctor about a tablet called Domperidone that increases your supply. Take heart though, sometimes it is just your hormones, and you just aren't ever going to have enough , and that's ok too, that's what Formula is for. Make sure you enjoy early motherhood, and don't get hung up on any 'plans' you had pre-baby. Don't blow it out of proportion

Diane - posted on 10/16/2009

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Try a natural supplement called More Mile Plus..they sell it @ Whole Foods & GNC. They also have Mother's Milk Tea, which is again at Whole Foods, and I even saw it in Target, but I do not know if they all carry it. It worked wonders for me!



Nurse frequently, because more demand equals more supply....eat oatmeal and drinks lots of water.

Sandra - posted on 10/16/2009

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I had problems with this too. My lactation nurse told me to let the baby nurse is basically the only way to get my milk to fully come in. It complicated things cause my son was in NICU and we barely got to hold him. Eventually I dried up. I wished I could have breastfed longer..

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