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i haven't been breast feeding and i wanted to start back again but jus by bottle how would i go about by producing milk more?

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Asked by leara at 12:55 PM on Oct. 28, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • No more bottles is key! Get a supplemental nursing system to use while building back up your supply. Nurse first, then supplement with the SNS if necesarry. Nurse often. Eat oatmeal daily, drink enough water (at least 64oz a day...consistently through the day), keep your protein intake up, no mint or sage (dry you up), google housepoets famous lactation cookies and eat up!

    Talk to a lactation consultant in your area for more help and for face-to-face help.

    Answer by jaycee1124 at 1:45 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Eat lots of protein, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, lots of water. Take fenugreek and blessed thistle. It takes about 5 days for them to kick in but they work. Nurse as much as baby wants and don't supplement.

    Answer by naturalhome at 1:49 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • I'd talk to a lactation consultant. Everyone you ask on here will tell you something different, but a consultant will be able to work with your individual situation. I personally have heard that fenugreek tablets help increase the supply and that regular pumping (every 3-4 hours) will keep your supply coming along, but each person's needs are different! Call the hospital where you delivered or contact La Leche, they'll be your best help!

    Answer by KatieCrandall at 1:53 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • pump frequently. the more "demand" you create, the more milk you will produce. i've been exclusively pumping and feeding my daughter breastmilk via the bottle for over 2 months. it has been a wonderful experience!

    Answer by teamdewitt at 4:03 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • how long did you quit for is the main question

    Answer by DLucas4108 at 9:41 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • Actually, it's not important how long it's long as breasts are still on the body nursing is possible.

    Stop by the breastfeeding moms group. We've got a sticky post on increasing supply. Also google 'relactation."

    If you're planning to pump exclusively, know that you've picked the hardest row to hoe. It's possible but relacation works better with baby on the breast.

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:53 AM on Oct. 29, 2008

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