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breastfeeding question....

with my other 3 children, i did the breastfeeding thing, but the milk was pretty well dried up for all 3 between 3-6 wks after their birth... i'm planning on doing the same with this one, but it's very irritating only being able to breastfeed for a short time.. is there any tips/tricks or anything to keep milk coming in until the baby or myself is done w/ breastfeeding?? they always get the colostrom, which is most healthy, and a few weeks of regular milk, but i'd just like to breastfeed longer than what the milk lasts... 3-6 wks seems awfully short to me...

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Asked by tierneyschrader at 10:08 AM on Mar. 24, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • k. how often where you nursing the other children. did you nurse on demand or schedule. also what made you think your supply was bad. how many diapers were you changing. lets make sure you actually had a supply issues

    Answer by piwife at 10:11 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • the best i can remember (it's been almost 3 years since the last one was nursing).. i nursed on demand...i don't remember an exact # of diapers now, but it was several a day... a normal infant's amount.. the milk wasn't bad, it just seemed to 'dry up' quicker than i thought it should've... after the colostrom, there was lots and lots of much i would have to pump some out (either that, or it leaked out everywhere and went to waste).. and trust me, my kids are little piggies when they arrive, so it's not really that they didn't eat enough, b/c all dr. visits they were gaining weight, healthy, etc... so idk.. just wondered if i was a person who couldn't/wouldn't/didn't produce for very long....

    Answer by tierneyschrader at 10:18 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Walk into a Motherhood maternity store and they now sell a supplement thing that boosts your milk supply. Of course I was always told to drink more water since that's what about 80% of breast milk is anyway. It's been awhile since I last nursed, but nurse on demand and as long as you are changing about 6-8 wet diapers a day you're producing enough.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 10:19 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • k lets see. as long as you are changing 6-8 diapers a day supply is good. drink lots of fluids at 64 oz a day. make sure you eat well calories are important. if you still have supply issues. buy mothers milk and drink 1-2 cups a day. stay away from caffeine. fernugreek is also good. oatmeal can help with milk production. join the breastfeeding mom group

    Answer by piwife at 10:25 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • i'd read "the womanly art of breastfeeding". it will have lots of good info for you. also join a BF group on here for support. good luck :-)

    i'm also wondering what made you "dry up" and why you thought that. it sounds like they were growing well and having plenty of diapers so i don't know what made you think you dried up. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Did you take any cold remedies while nursing? Sudafed can make you dry up.

    3 weeks is growth spurt time! Babies nurse more frequently for longer periods of time in order to boost your supply to meet their growing demand. 3-6 weeks is also around the time your milk is no longer hormonally driven, and made by supply and demand. That can make mom's think they're drying up. Around that time you may stop leaking as much, you may not get engorged as often (and engorgement isn't really a good thing anyway). Like a PP said, as long as baby is producing 6-8 wet diapers a day (24 hours), baby is getting plenty. Soaked dipes count as 2, and messy dipes aren't really a factor as BM is so easily and completely digested that baby doesn't need to have a BM every day, or even every other day. Hope that helps some!

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 11:17 AM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • This helped me, pump right after your baby is done nursing. This will help empty your breasts and tell your body you need more.

    Answer by moviemom22 at 5:44 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • How did you determine that you had no more milk? Around that age babies go through a growth spurt and most will want to nurse 24/7 and often seem unsatisfied, that is normal.

    Answer by Cynthje at 12:28 PM on Mar. 25, 2010

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