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Breast milk supply?

My baby is 4 months...and ive notived my milk supply has drastically decreased...is there any way i can increase it again? any tips?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:50 PM on Feb. 28, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The more you nurse the more milk you have. Pumping too. I also found that standing in a warm shower and expressing milk increased my flow. Good luck!
    mom2twobabes

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 9:53 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • buy mothers milk tea and alfalfa vitamins and both will get ur milk supply up if those dont work then there is a med that ur doc can proscribe that will work as well
    Pooky_mommy

    Answer by Pooky_mommy at 9:54 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • Oatmeal and alfalfa were recommended to me by my doc when my milk supply decreased.

    momjoy1027

    Answer by momjoy1027 at 9:58 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • What makes you feel your supply is down?
    There are several "false alarms" that can cause concern for mothers in regards to their milk supplies. These include:

    -A baby who nurses very frequently and/or a baby who suddenly increases nursing frequency. Babies have a strong urge to suck, and enjoy meeting that need to suck by breastfeeding. Also, babies go through several growth spurts during the first months of life. During a growth spurt, baby will seem to nurse "all the time". Breastfeeding works on the principle of supply and demand. The more baby nurses, the more milk you will make. If you are concerned about your milk supply, the best way to increase your milk is to nurse baby more often.

    -Breasts that stop leaking, or suddenly feel softer than before. These changes are due to stabilization of post-partum hormones, and are not an indication that the mil
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:00 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • What makes you think it's decreased? If it's because you don't feel a let down, well that's normal. Your supply will even out and some women stop feeling letdowns, or even engorgement, after around 4-6 months because they are producing just what baby needs.

    If diap count is still ok (around 6 wet diapers a day) and there is a weight gain, it doesn't have to be a lot, then there is a chance you do not have supply issues.

    Nursing on demand and pumping between feedings can definitely build your supply. Making sure you are getting plenty of fluids is also key. You can eat oatmeal, drink mother's milk tea, take fenegreek or blessed thistle. you can do a combination of these things, or just try them one at a time.

    good luck
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 10:00 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • More "false Alarms"
    -Not feeling the let-down sensation. Many mothers stop feeling "let-down" as time goes on. Some mothers never feel it at all. This does not mean that they do not experience let-down. Watch your baby as she nurses. Do you see her little jaw moving? Do you hear swallowing sounds? This will let you know that your milk is letting-down and your baby is actively drinking.

    -A fussy baby. Many babies have a fussy time of day, where they need more nursing, holding, and comforting. If your baby seems to be fussy "all the time", there may be physical causes for your baby's fussiness, or it may be that your baby has a "high-need" temperament. I have a lot more information on fussy babies available if you are interested.
    -You are unable to pump much milk. Pump output is a very poor indicator of milk supply. Many mothers with abundant milk supplies are never able to pump much. During the early months, it is perfectly n
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:01 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • Need to get supply up? Nurse more frequently :-)
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:02 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • What have you noticed that makes you think its down?
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:10 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • pumping will help increase pump like every few hours dont let ur boobs fill with milk that will make it decrease theres a pill that i used cant think of it but if you go to a health store and ask them if they have something they prob. will or ask ur doc. hell prob give you some thing to help
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • Drink drink drink!, Water, juice and milk that is, if you don't have enough liquids you won't produce enough.
    Lark280

    Answer by Lark280 at 10:12 AM on Mar. 1, 2009

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