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how can i increase my milk supply?


Asked by irina333 at 2:14 PM on Mar. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • What makes you think your supply is low? Many moms think they don't have enough milk when they really do.

    The best way to increase supply is to nurse, nurse, and then nurse some more. The mroe you breastfeed the more milk you will make. Spend lots of time skin to skin with your baby and encourage frequent nursing.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:16 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • you can go to your health food store and they have a couple of things that i know of that can help. one i believe is milk-thistle and there is another that i took, but i am drawing a blank. but there are natural things that you can take.

    Answer by happysenorita at 2:22 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • What's the issue? The more specific you are, the better we can help.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:24 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • The more you breastfeed, the more you make. It's that simple. And the only way to be sure you're making enough is if your baby is making enough wet/dirty diapers for her age. Pumping and everything else don't matter. Very few women have a problem with production. But if you just need a boost for a bask up stash, try fenugreek capsules =)

    Answer by jus1jess at 3:27 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Another consideration is stress, worst thing you can do is spend time worrying about having enough milk:) Make sure you're drinking enough water (8 glasses a day) and stay away from beverages with caffeine in them. Take a day to just hang out and feed and relax, the messes around the house will still be there for you later, but your baby is only a baby once. (been there done that)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Pumping can help increase your supply, but not as well as breastfeeding. Like others have said, make sure you drink plenty of water because that can effect production. There are a number of natural supplements believed to increase supply, although I can't think of the name. There is also a drug prescribed to diabetics to help with insulin production that has the side effect of making women lactate. I used this when my second daughter was in the hospital and I was pumping because she was too weak to breastfeed to help up my production (sorry, can't remember what it was either)

    Answer by marbear98 at 5:02 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Lots of great advice here. But mainly, the more you nurse the more you make and also, a pump could never tell you what you really produce. Many women cannot pump anything out, but yet, have a full supply and a happy healthy baby.

    Keep hydrated, eat regularly (you should consume 500 more calories per day than a non pregnant woman) and make sure you listen to baby's demands. If you feel baby isn't satisfied after nursing on one side, offer the other breast.

    Answer by NoNonsenseMama at 5:06 PM on Mar. 11, 2009