Milk Production

Megan - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hey all! I just had my second child a little over a month ago and at first my milk came in like gang busters. Now, I feel like she is starving half the time. I don't want to go to formula unless I totally have to. What's up? Any suggestions would be great.

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Richain - posted on 08/29/2009

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If you have a pump... trying feeding and then pumping right after. Basically you trick your body into thinking that the baby is still eating thus increasing production. Also, you may want to rent a scale to see how much milk the baby is getting at each feeding. I know when I had my first that helped alot because I was so worried he wasnt getting enough... he was eating just fine and alot of it was in my head being a first time mom and having family members who had to quit bfing bc of low production. I was worried. Try getting ahold of a lactation consultant for some advice and contact your doctor too. They may be able to help.



I know that there are MANY otc drugs and medications and foods that can decrease milk production and there are no warning labels.

Deidre - posted on 08/29/2009

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I nursed all 3 of my boys and all my friends think I'm the Queen because of it. Mainly WATER WATER WATER ! I felt like I was crazy, but that is the key! Beleive me as long as the baby is latched on properly you will rock! The baby only takes what it needs. good luck!

Tamara - posted on 06/03/2009

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What's your little one's diaper output like? Lots of pee and poo diapers? She meeting milestones? Than if so, she's getting enough. 1 Month is also a growth spurt. Nothing wrong at all.

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why do you think it has stopped? Just because you stop leaking that doesnt mean anything and if baby wants to nurse more she may be growing..I would look at wet diapers and if child is gaining weight. You should contact your local La LEche LEague or a lactation consultant for more help. VERY rarely will your milk just dry up on its own. Please get professional help

Lisa - posted on 06/02/2009

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with my second child, my milk came in like crazy untill about the 3rd week! haha, then it just stopped all together. it just happens

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Quoting Jennifer:

Try drinking mother's milk tea. You can find it in most health food stores and even in some grocery stores. My lactation consultant recommended it. Also trick your body in to thinking that she is going through a growth spurt. Pump inbetween feedings to help increase your supply. It will also help you see how much you are producing.


Pumping in between will help raise production but not show you accurately how much you are producing. A baby is a more efficient sucker than a breast pump.  I learned a lot when BF and pumping for my twins.  Try the fenugreek. My doc also gave me a script for something Reglan maybe (?) It was 3 years ago, when my supply was going down. Plus lots of water and healthy food. Rest when you can.

Jennifer - posted on 05/28/2009

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Make sure your drinking plenty of water, and try Fenugreek (can get at most health stores). Brought my milk supply up again after having the flu.

Catherine - posted on 05/27/2009

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I had the same problem with my second baby. My first I breastfed for 13 months. The second I barely made it to 6 months. My milk just dried up. I was told to take a supplement called More milk plus by motherlove and it helped. Also make sure you are eating enough. Hope some of these suggestions help.

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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Are you drinking enough water? If you are dehydrated at all, your production will go down. Try eating oatmeal a couple times a week, or every day if you can stand it.

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Try drinking mother's milk tea. You can find it in most health food stores and even in some grocery stores. My lactation consultant recommended it. Also trick your body in to thinking that she is going through a growth spurt. Pump inbetween feedings to help increase your supply. It will also help you see how much you are producing.

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