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I am not producing enough breastmilk to satisfy my said some people just dont produce enough, any suggestions? She wouldnt latch so I use a breast sheild and pump

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Asked by miasmommy311 at 11:18 PM on May. 3, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You may have to supplement until you get a full supply however try to breast feed first because the more you try the greatter demand for supply so your body will start producing more

    Answer by abbibaileylily at 11:22 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • That's your problem... you're listening to docotrs. They get about 1 hour of training in lactation in med school. They know precisely shit.

    How do you know you're not producing enough? The only reliable method for a mom wthout a high tech expensive scale at home is to count diapers. Is your baby having at least 4 wet disposables a day? If they are over six weeks old, then they can have less than one bowel movement a week and still be normal. Count wet diapers.

    Enlist the help of a lactation consultant. Join La Leche League. Both of those are good resources. You can also check out the group Breastfeeding Moms Against Formula (other than for medical reasons). Those moms know a LOT.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:23 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • You need to see a breastfeeding professional...unless you have insufficient glandular tissue (tubular breasts), previous reduction surgery, or hormone imbalance, you almost certainly can make enough milk with proper support and information. Drs receive VERY little training on the normal course of breastfeeding and how to manage challenging situations, and end up giving poor advice that sabotages bfing. You can see an IBCLC (board certified lactation consultant) - your local LLL group can refer you to someone if you have trouble finding one. The latch needs to be corrected. An LLL Leader can help you with this, and can refer you to a professional if necessary.
    Pumping will not establish or increase your supply as effectively as nursing, and it is also an extremely poor gauge for how much you're producing. Once a baby gets used to the breast shield it can be tough to wean them off, but it is possible. CONT'D

    Answer by Collinsky at 11:26 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • CONT'D One thing you can try is to start the nursing session using the shield as usual; when your milk lets down (which may or may not be obvious to you) remove the shield and try to get her latched on then. Give it a shot a few times...If that doesn't work, there are other things you can try!

    To increase your supply: put baby to the breast more - as much as possible. Lots and lots of skin-to-skin contact - both of you topless, and allow her free access to your breast. Take a weekend and just spend a couple days doing nothing else but hanging out and nursing. Put her to one side when you're pumping on the other. Even if she's not taking in milk from your breast, it's still stimulating to your milk production.

    Fenugreek or Mother's Milk tea are great for milk supply - take them liberally. Take fenugreek until you smell like maple syrup! LOL


    Answer by Collinsky at 11:32 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Also, many women think they aren't producing enough, or their drs tell them they aren't, but it isn't always the case. If your daughter was gaining weight and peeing 6-8 times a day, she was getting enough. A newborn wanting to nurse every hour isn't generally a sign of a low supply or an unsatisfied baby - it's well within the range of normal.

    Answer by Collinsky at 11:35 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Dont listen to your doctor on this one, trust me! Doctors really dont know much about breastfeeding, hence so many mothers failing at breastfeeding(they listened to their doctors)! The truth about low milk supply is that only 2-3% of women ACTUALLY have a supply problem. Count wet and poopy diapers and ignore the fact that he never seems satisfied, that's completely normal for a breastfed infant! If he has enough wet and poopy diapers, and your nursing on demand, that's ALL that matters. Keep up the good work mama, and trust your body! :)

    Answer by kate_jocelyn at 12:46 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • It's probably due to your breastshield. If you can wean her off of the shield you will probably see an increase in your milk supply.
    My son was started on the shield and had weight gain issues his first several weeks... I also never had enough milk for him and was needing to supplement... at 6 weeks I took the shield away... my supply increased, I didn't need to supplement anymore after about a week, and he gained 4 lbs in one month!!

    Answer by AmiJanell at 1:23 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • i read some place that pumping doesnt get all the milk out. I know youre truely never empty but like a pump doesnt get it all so then your body thinks that it doesnt need to produce that much so in turn you get less in your boobs to pump out. your body production of milk depends on your babies demand...and i agree with the people above dont worry about the drs if your baby is gaining weight and there are 4-8 wet diapers a day. Keep at it, youre likely doing better than what you think you are

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:50 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • Wow that doctor must not know much about nursing, or is possibly getting kickbacks from the formula company. First, WHY do you say she's not getting enough? This is key in how I will answer your question. And how old is she?

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:31 AM on May. 4, 2009

  • The others have great suggestions and my first inclination is that you are indeed making enough milk despite what the doctors said. If you truly are not (check the diaper output and that baby is gaining weight) then try pumping one side while LO nurses on the other and then give the pumped milk with a supplemental nursing system. The only sure way to increase supply is to put baby to breast. All the supplements in the world will do very little if the child is not put to breast. If it comes down to needing to supplement with formula then put that in the supplemental nursing system too to stimulate more breastmilk production. Also try getting rid of the shield. These can be great at first, but often led to problems later since the nipple is not being stimulated as much with it on.

    Answer by aeneva at 7:47 AM on May. 4, 2009

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