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Hello am thinking of BFing what can i do if i want to produce more milk?

well the question says it all but am open to any suggestions i have heard that a cup of beer helps but am still underage to drink so that doesn't help as much!

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Mommie2bex33

Asked by Mommie2bex33 at 1:00 AM on Aug. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Eat oatmeal and drink plenty of water.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:01 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Make sure you're getting proper nutrition with enough calories.
    Nurse frequently.

    There are also nursing mothers teas.
    Erin814

    Answer by Erin814 at 1:03 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Fenugreek is a natural herb that increases supply. It comes in a capsule.
    Drink plenty of water and eat healthy, and also increases the amount of protein you eat.

    Good Luck, and if you ever need advice the moms on Cafemom have always been helpful to me, there is also a group for BF momma's.
    DomoniqueWS

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:07 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • You are *thinking* of doing it~ are you still pregnant or are you considering switching from formula?

    Breastfeeding is a supply-and-demand process. You put the baby to the breast when baby signals you to. This can be every few hours or every few minutes... Eventually, the system is established: your body knows how to make what the baby needs.
    This gets complicated and can be explained more thoroughly...

    You shouldn't need to worry about making "more" milk for your baby if you;re nursing "on-demand."
    Rarely, a mother will need some extra help, but no need to get into that now.
    doulala

    Answer by doulala at 2:32 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • it is important to note that fenugreek SHOULD NOT be taken while pregnant. also, join the breastfeeding moms group here. there are many wonderful and knowledgeable women that will be able to answer any questions you have!!

    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 2:36 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • don't forget to keep taking your prenatals!!
    AngryBob

    Answer by AngryBob at 3:21 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Fenugreek!!! It was amazing, the first day I used it I saw results. Also, if you take it long enough it makes your sweat/pee smell like maple syrup :) which is a lot cooler than B.O.

    Also, your OBGYN can perscribe you meds that help increase production too
    stenhouse_baby

    Answer by stenhouse_baby at 4:37 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Put baby to breast. Reallyt, that is ALL you need to do. No need to worry about boosters unless you are not changing the right number of dipes...6-8 a day after the first week.

    Please drop by the breastfeeding moms group. There's a sticky of resources and frequently asked questions that will really help you.
    But if you want to make more milk...nurse on demand. That's it. Nurse on demand. Expect baby to be an unsatisfied diva...that's fine.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:25 AM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Beer is an old wives tale. Yes there are some ingredients in beer that may help, but the alcohol in it actually leads to a DECREASE in supply. You don't need to eat or drink anything special, just nurse the baby every time they show an interest in breastfeeding. If you can ring in a good supply through frequent nursing in the first 3 weeks then it will be smooth sailing the rest of the way!
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:40 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Nurse on demand. This will signal your body to produce. When exclusively breastfeeding, after the first week of life, if you are changing 6-8 diapers in a 24 hr period, you will know that baby is getting enough. What concerns you about production? Did you have a previous bad experience? Horror story from someone? In most cases, you don't need to do anything special to produce.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 12:43 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

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