my mother had a problem making enough milk when my siblings and i were all babies. as a result, she formula fed us. i want to breastfeed my daughter. however, i'm not making enough, so, all the doctors told me to supliment with formula. then i got very sick, and the same doctors told me to use a pump and dump my milk as the drugs i was on could hurt my baby. now that i'm off the prescriptions, i can go back to breastfeeding.
now, my breasts went from making about 10 oz a day to under 2. any info on how to get my supply going again?
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:33 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Answer by christaberk at 10:34 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Nurse nurse nurse nurse. The next time you are medication consult with someone who knows about the details of drugs and breastfeeding. Do a search for "Dr. Hale" And if you are measuring by pumping, don't measure that way. No pump is as efficient as a baby. However, if you do want to use pumping to reduce the amount of forumla and help the process you need to learn how to pump efficiently and to use massage and hand expression to help the pump: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.htmlÂ Â Â
Answer by amileegirl at 10:35 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 10:36 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Pump as much as you can, eat a small snack about every 2 hrs,fruit spinach,healthy stuff, let your baby nurse as much as she wants. The biggest thing to get you supply up is not to think about it, relax as much as possible. I had the same issue when my son was born I spent 2 days, with my son with me at all times, and my supply went through the roof, there is something about being next to your own baby that will make you produce more hormones and milk.
Answer by MiddletonFamily at 10:39 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Answer by laura970 at 10:45 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
If all the above advice doesn't work, you have genetic issue and won't be able to exclusively breastfeed.
Answer by legalmommy101 at 10:59 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 11:00 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
Answer by amileegirl at 11:04 PM on Mar. 20, 2010
"Legalmommy didn't seem to understand that you WERE making a lot of milk just fine--by pumping no less which is far more difficult--so obviously you do not have the exceedingly rare genetic issue the prevents you from making milk."
10oz is not a lot of milk per day and she also stated that her mother had milk supply issues. Lastly, issues that prevent women from having or even sustaining a milk supply aren't as rare as you think.
Answer by legalmommy101 at 11:06 PM on Mar. 20, 2010