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Will drinking more milk during pregnancy help you produce more breast milk?

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Asked by soon2bmmy at 1:02 PM on Dec. 16, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • I think keeping up a healthy diet, milk or not, is more beneficial than anything. Also, simply nursing helps produce more and demand! Every time your baby nurses, your body will produce more milk.

    Answer by LLmama at 1:04 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • No. Cow milk has nothing to do with breast milk production.

    Actually limiting dairy is a good idea for pregnant and nursing mothers. Dairy can lead to excessive weight gain. You absorb more calcium form green veggies anyway.

    Breast milk is made on demand. The best way to make more breast milk is to nurse on demand. There are several good breast feeding groups here. Join before the baby is born and get prepared.

    Answer by ecodani at 1:06 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • Um, no.
    Nothing you consume will change how much you produce. That said, IF you have issues with supply (NOT MANY WOMEN GENUINELY HAVE THIS PROBLEM), you can try fenugreek, mother's milk tea, and oatmeal.
    I would recommend reading "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" to get some straight talk about breastfeeding while you are still pregnant. It's an AWESOME book, and an easy read. Plus, it's organized by age, so if you don't finish the whole thing now, that's fine, just read the part about the age you're approaching. But I would definitely read the first few chapters soon. Breastfeeding is awesome, and you'll be so glad you did it! =)

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:07 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • Also, if your baby gets gassy (as mine did), try eliminating dairy from your diet. Like magic, the gas was GONE.

    Answer by musicpisces at 1:08 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • Healthy diet, keep your self hydrated(not much caffeine that can lower supply). You do not have to drink milk to produce milk. These are things to do when breast feeding. When pregnant your body will not produce milk till 5 to 7 days after breast feeding baby. You will produce colostrum at first. You may notice some leaking, lots or none with the pregnancy.Different for everyone and every pregnancy.

    Answer by Raeann11 at 1:10 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • No. To my knowledge, nothing you do during pregnancy has any effect on milk production. After you have the baby, be sure to stay plenty hydrated, water is best.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 1:17 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • what they said

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 2:56 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • no

    Answer by MarvelousMama at 7:32 PM on Dec. 16, 2010

  • No, but adding lentils to your diet will. Milk production is kicked off at the same time as labor. Oxytocin causes contractions and starts milk production to feed the baby once it is born. Peppermint tea is also said to increase milk suppply as well as improving digestion and relieving nervous tension.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 10:14 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

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