Breastfeeding while pregnant

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




I'm about 9 weeks pregnant and still breastfeeding my soon to be 8 month old. I was wondering how you other moms kept up your milk supply while pregnant. I'm making about 2 ounces every 3 hours but my son eats about 4 ounces. I'm taking fenugreek twice a day, but what else can I do. I dont want to have to keep supplementing him at feedings.


Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010




to elaborate on Christy's suggestion for oatmeal...oatmeal does help increase milk production, but more specifically: it needs to be whole oats, but NOT the "quick cook," or "cook in minutes" varieties.


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Claire - posted on 06/18/2011




Congratulations! I breast fed my 2nd baby til I was 19 weeks pregnant with my 3rd and although I loved it and found it easier than expected,as my tummy grew it made it harder to get the position right and eventually i gave into the pregnancy exhaustion as doing both was tiring!
I didn't notice any change in my supply, however, in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy (when I didn't know I was pregnant) my baby's stools changed back to that of a newborn which the doctors put down to the change in my hormones.
Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2010




typically with fenugreek, you take 3 capsules 3 times daily.

there is another product called More Milk Two that is made for breastfeeding while pregnant. i used the regular version of this and it worked phenominally, and didn't make me smell like maple syrup the way fenugreek did. i'm not sure where you live but it is an american product...

congrats on the pregnancy, and it really is awesome that you are trying to make breastfeeding work while pregnant!

Tara - posted on 09/01/2010




Increase your fenugreek and add in some blessed thistle. When combined the two work more effectively than when used alone.
As well, make sure you are getting more fluids than normal. It takes a lot of water to keep up a good supply but at the same time your body needs tons of water to keep up your amnio fluid. So more water is needed when nursing while pregnant.
As well make sure your caloric intake is higher than that for a pregnant non nursing mother. It takes approx 900 calories a day just to make milk. So please make sure you are eating a lot of healthy food, drinking a lot of healthy water and getting enough rest.
Good Luck!!

Tami - posted on 09/01/2010




Your body is trying to feed one child while growing another. It is very demanding on you body to do this. Make sure you are drinking a lot of water and taking in enough calories to support this type of demand. You can increase your milk production by pumping between feedings. If that doesn't work, consult your OB or pediatrician. Your body may be trying to tell you something.

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