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how do i know if my breast milk is dying up?

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Asked by mommyof2cs at 2:11 AM on Jan. 4, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • how old is your baby? after 6 days you should be getting 6 wet/dirty diapers in a 24 hr long as the baby is doing that you are not drying up :-) also I encourage you to join the breastfeeding moms group...we are 23000 bf moms strong and you will get amazing info and support!

    Answer by mammacita9 at 2:17 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • Like mamacita said, a minimum of 6 wet diapers a day means that baby is getting enough milk, which means that your supply is right where it should be. If not, there are lots of things you can do to increase your supply, namely, nursing on demand with no supplementing.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 2:43 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • This is what worked for me when I had supply issues:

    Nurse frequently
    Drink lots of water, at least 6 oz every time you nurse and every time you pump
    Have lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
    Take brewers yeast tabs
    Look at pictures of your baby while you pump
    Wait at least an hour after nursing to pump

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:55 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • other things to increase your supply are :mothers milk tea, 4-6 oz of DARK beer (no im not promoting drinking you dont get drunk ) oatmeal, fenugreek, goats rue, mallanguay, milk thisle,massaging your breasts under hot water in the shower pumping in between feedings, drink half your bodies weight of water meaning take your weight, divide it in half and thats how many oz you should be getting MINIMUM a day. avoid caffeine until your supply is steady caffeine dehydrates you, bringing baby to breast more (offering instead of waiting for him/her to ask)

    Answer by rozepyle at 9:50 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • Count diapers. If your baby is having at least 6 wet diapers then he/she is getting enough. Remember how your breast feel mean nothing. Your breast may feel softer after nursing but may not. How much you pump means nothing. If you have a frequent nurser, like every hour, then you have a normal breastfed baby. Some babies nurse every hour, some eveyr 3 hours. Nurse on demand, let your baby stop when he/she is full, drink lots of water, and get some rest.

    Answer by palexander at 9:52 AM on Jan. 4, 2010

  • The best way to tell if your baby is getting enough is by weight gain. Your baby should gain at least 4 ounces a week or a pound a month.

    If you are concerned you can buy baby scales and weigh your baby. They aren't very expensive. You might find some on Craigslist or eBay.

    Virturally all women have enough milk to feed their baby. Women can make enough milk to feed twins, that's why you have 2 breasts. Women have nursed triplets without using formula. If you are nursing on demand and not giving any formula you should have plenty of milk. It's normal for your breasts to feel soft after a few weeks or months of breastfeeding. That means they have gotten better at producing milk.

    Answer by Gailll at 12:51 PM on Jan. 4, 2010

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