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i'm a new mom with twin girls i'm set on breast feeding them they have taken to the breast with no problem from the day they were born BUT i don't seem to be producing enough is there any way to increase my milk supply???

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annavaeh

Asked by annavaeh at 8:24 PM on Feb. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Start pumping milk between feedings. You will eventually produce more and have some back up.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • take fenugreek. Its available at GNC.com or in there store. It is cheap and works great!!!
    Mikayla_lynn

    Answer by Mikayla_lynn at 8:28 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • make sure you are eating and drinking enough. It takes something like 3500 calories a day to nurse twins. Make sure you are drinking enough water.....lots of water. I only nursed one at a time but if I did not get enough water I would start falling behind. Also like the PP said pump between feedings that will help too.
    Carajust

    Answer by Carajust at 8:29 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • what makes you think that you aren't producing enough?
    congrats on your new additions and hooray for nursing twins!!

    fenugreek works really well as does mother's milk tea but it's also very important to nurse whenever possible. your babies will help stimulate your body to produce more milk.

    i wouldn't introduce a pump unless you absolutely have to do so. nursing is a more effective way to stimulate your milk supply and with two little ones to nurse you definitely don't need the extra hassle of pumping. good luck and congrats!
    oh and get in touch with your local la leche league and attend a meeting!
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 8:38 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • My sister nursed 5 children. Some of them while she was pregnant. She was a firm believer in brewers yeast. It's over the counter. I don' t know about price, but she never had much money when the kids were young and could always afford it. I also agree with other posters; drink tons of fluid and nurse every chance you get. It's all about supply and demand. The more they demand, the more you will supply. Keep in mind, it can take a day or so for your body to catch up. That doesn't mean you should not nurse; just that you should be patient. Also, breast fed babies will not always gain weight as fast as formula fed babies. That doesn't mean they aren't doing well. If the babies are progressing well and growing; you're fine. The fact that they're hungry all the time (not necessarily you but in general) doesn't mean you aren't making enough. It just means that they're growing. Congratulations!

    peachqpti

    Answer by peachqpti at 8:47 PM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Stop by the Breastfeeding Moms group. There's a sticky with EVERY trick known to woman for increasing your supply, from alfalfa to reglan and everything in between.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:09 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

  • Im with gdiamante. The breastfeeding moms group is great.

    Fenugreek, mother's milk tea, lots of H2O, and don't forget a bowl of oatmeal does WONDERs for some moms. You may have to try one, or all of the above.

    And Way TO GO!!! for nursing twins!
    epoh

    Answer by epoh at 6:40 AM on Feb. 25, 2009

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