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my breastmilk seems like its fading away. anything i can do to boost it back up?

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BetsyBoop2003

Asked by BetsyBoop2003 at 8:09 AM on Nov. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • How do you know?

    Is baby still getting 6-10 wet diapers a day? If so, you are producing enough.
    Don't base your production on what you can pump since a pump is NOT as effecient as a baby for getting the milk out.

    Also, If it's because baby seems to be nursing more often and frustrated, it could just be a growth spurt. They will nurse more often to prompt your body to make more milk.

    Just keep nursing everytime baby wants and you will be ok.
    Jademom07

    Answer by Jademom07 at 8:14 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • Breastmilk is a supply and demand business! ;) how often are u nursing?? If u feel ur not making enough start pumping in between to stimulate ur milk production.
    randibosin

    Answer by randibosin at 8:21 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • The more you nurse your baby the more milk your body makes. So put baby to the breast as often as possible. JadeMom gave you really good advice. The only way to really measure your output is thru wet diapers. If baby seems to want to eat more then feed them more. When you are trying to increase your supply the last resort is to supplement with formula, try and trust that your baby and your body will work together to even things out.
    MaryMW

    Answer by MaryMW at 11:20 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • Keep in mind your boobs will not feel the same way they did the first month or two after baby was born when you are 6 or more months into it. You will not always feel engorged, leak milk or even feel that much different than if you were not nursing. If you feel like you need to produce more, put your baby to the breast as often as possible. A pump will not increase supply, baby will! Good luck!
    khedy

    Answer by khedy at 11:30 AM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • Anything you see or feel beyond the dipe count is misleading. It's normal for the breasts to stop feeling full. Pump outputs do diminish over time. As long as you're changing enough dipes, you're fine.

    If you are NOT: Water. Fenugreek - 3000 mg/day, at any health food store. And NURSE NURSE NURSE NURSE and nurse some more.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:48 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • I too, would need to know what makes you think you are having a supply problem before I can advise anything. Can you provide more information? How old is baby? Exclusively breast, or getting any bottles (of breast milk, formula, etc)? Any solids? Are you nursing on demand, or on a schedule? How many diapers do you change (on average) in a 24 hour period? Is baby gaining weight? Quite often, moms think there is a supply problem when there really isn't, which is why it's important for us to have the answers to the questions I posed. It will help determine if there is a problem, and if so, how to help correct it.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:31 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

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