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Friend NEEDS help...any suggestions Breastfeeding Problem

What can my BFF do to help get back her milk supply. She has some on one side. She only stopped for one day. Due to the demand of her MIL to formula feed. She is literally kicking herself for doing this. She wants to please people so much but now understands the importance of her and the baby. So if anything will help please do HELP!!!!

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Asked by 4kidsmommy at 9:46 PM on Jun. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The best thing she can do is just nurse, and nurse a lot. She needs to keep her fluids up (keep water close by), and just spend a few days and nurse her baby. Everything else can wait. Breastfeeding works on supply and demand - if she nurses constantly on demand, the supply should come back. There are herbs that can help (Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle), Mother's Milk Tea (needs to be drunk every few hours), and steel-cut oatmeal can help, too, but really the best way to increase supply is to nurse more. Please feel free to ask this question too in the LLL CafeMom group, you'll get a lot of good advice there, too. PM me if you would like, I'd be happy to help any way I can.

    Answer by BearsMommy at 9:51 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • It takes longer than a day to lose your milk supply. It takes time. But, if she's worried about it, have her drink lots of water and nurse more often. The more you nurse, the more milk you produce. Good Luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • After only a day, the best solution is to just keep nursing, on demand, no matter how often the baby wants to nurse.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:52 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • i agree even if its just on tht one side. *i had the same prob lol

    Answer by khmymommi at 9:57 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • BearMommy pretty much said it all .

    Answer by Shaqbe4u at 9:59 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • Her supply should be just fine if she only stopped one day... what makes her think that there is a problem?
    She should just continue to nurse on demand and her supply should be fine.
    if she feels it really isn't enough she could try supplements like fenugreek or more milk plus

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:08 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • EXACT same thing happened to me and i was ashamed to tears.. especially when i told my lactation consultant friend how i failed. ITS NOT FAILURE ITS NATURE, there will be MANY more obstacles on her parenthood jurney so i know its hard... but she should just suck it up congratulate herself for trying... NURSE asmuch as she still can ofcourse but dont be ashamed if a bottle has to made. as healthy as braest feeding is, its HEALTHIER to her baby to have a clear headed sane mommy. good luck.

    Answer by BillyKraftsMom at 10:31 PM on Jun. 15, 2009

  • billykraftsmom, that really isn't the best advice...sorry. she WANTS to continue doing what's best for her baby-breastfeeding! i'm so tired of everyone always saying: oh well, you tried, don't feel bad, it's not your fault, at least you made it x amount of days, it's more important if mom's happy, blah, blah, blah. breastfeeding is what is best for the baby, period. formula is sub-standard, artificial food that was never meant to be a substitute for breastmilk. almost every issue with breastfeeding can be overcome. OP-the first several answers are great. tell your friend to nurse, nurse, nurse: have skin to skin contact with baby, nurse on demand, and drink enough water. contact the local la leche league (, they are great. if it has only been a day, she can still breastfeed. she is the mom, she needs to do what SHE feels is best for her baby (and not what everyone else feels is best). good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:11 AM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • you could drink a beer. they say that helps bring in the milk, i think because of the yeast. pump and nurse

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 AM on Jun. 16, 2009

  • Strip off her shirt and get baby naked to diaper and spend the day in bed nursing her LO. If that is not possible as much skin to skin contact as she can get. Put the baby in a sling snuggled up against mom for a day. Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest and DO NOT GIVE any more formula. If her supply is that bad (which is shouldn't be after just one day) then get a supplemental nursing system and give the formula in that until the supply comes back up. If it still is an issue try taking fenugreek, but the SNS and fenegreek should be last resorts. Don't judge supply based on how the breast feels, but on how many wet diapers the baby is having. Check out for lots more advice on everything breastfeeding related. If the MIL wants to watch the baby then pump and give bottles of expressed milk and if need be lie to MIL about what is in said bottles when leaving the baby there!

    Answer by aeneva at 7:21 AM on Jun. 16, 2009

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