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my baby sleeps the whole day and even during night. i find i have inadequate milk as it appears only in droplets. please help to increase milk production and flow

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Asked by arvikins at 2:38 AM on Jan. 23, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You're gonna have to nurse every 2-3 hours. WAKE the baby. Baby is far more adequate in getting your supply up than a breast pump is. After the first feeding of the morning, pump whatever you can and put in the fridge for later. Do this everyday and eventually your milk will come up. Make sure you drink a glass of water each time you nurse.

    Answer by SweetLoveofMine at 2:42 AM on Jan. 23, 2011


    Drink lots of water, stay hydrated. Eat frequent snacks. Drink red raspberry leaf tea. Wake baby to nurse and keep at it. Like pp said, baby is more effective than pump is.

    Answer by MarlaMomma at 3:11 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • * Make sure that baby is nursing efficiently. This is the "remove more milk" part of increasing milk production. If milk is not effectively removed from the breast, then mom's milk supply decreases. If positioning and latch are "off" then baby is probably not transferring milk efficiently. A sleepy baby, use of nipple shields or various health or anatomical problems in baby can also interfere with baby's ability to transfer milk. For a baby who is not nursing efficiently, trying to adequately empty milk from the breast is like trying to empty a swimming pool through a drinking straw - it can take forever. Inefficient milk transfer can lead to baby not getting enough milk or needing to nurse almost constantly to get enough milk. If baby is not transferring milk well, then it is important for mom to express milk after and/or between nursings to maintain milk supply while the breastfeeding problems are being addressed.

    Answer by MarlaMomma at 3:13 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • # Nurse frequently, and for as long as your baby is actively nursing. Remember - you want to remove more milk from the breasts and do this frequently. If baby is having weight gain problems, aim to nurse at least every 1.5-2 hours during the day and at least every 3 hours at night.
    # Take a nursing vacation. Take baby to bed with you for 2-3 days, and do nothing but nurse (frequently!) and rest (well, you can eat too!).
    # Offer both sides at each feeding. Let baby finish the first side, then offer the second side.
    Switch nurse. Switch sides 3 or more times during each feeding, every time that baby falls asleep, switches to "comfort" sucking, or loses interest. Use each side at least twice per feeding. Use breast compression to keep baby feeding longer. For good instructions on how to do this, see Dr. Jack Newman's Protocol to manage breastmilk intake. This can be particularly helpful for sleepy or distractible babies.

    Answer by MarlaMomma at 3:14 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • # Avoid pacifiers and bottles. All of baby's sucking needs should be met at the breast (see above). If a temporary supplement is medically required, it can be given with a nursing supplementer or by spoon, cup or dropper (see Alternative Feeding Methods).
    # Give baby only breastmilk. Avoid all solids, water, and formula if baby is younger than six months, and consider decreasing solids if baby is older. If you are using more than a few ounces of formula per day, wean from the supplements gradually to "challenge" your breasts to produce more milk.
    # Take care of mom. Rest. Sleep when baby sleeps. Relax. Drink liquids to thirst (don't force liquids - drinking extra water does not increase supply), and eat a reasonably well-balanced diet.

    Answer by MarlaMomma at 3:14 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • # Consider pumping. Adding pumping sessions after or between nursing sessions can be very helpful - pumping is very important when baby is not nursing efficiently or frequently enough, and can speed things up in all situations. Your aim in pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to increase frequency of breast emptying. When pumping to increase milk supply, to ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. However, adding even a short pumping session (increasing frequency but perhaps not removing milk thoroughly) is helpful.
    # Consider a galactagogue. A substance (herb, prescription medication, etc.) that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue. See What is a galactagogue? Do I need one? for more information.

    Answer by MarlaMomma at 3:14 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • You need to be nursing your baby every 2 hours....I just had my baby 5 days ago and I have spend every two hours since he was bron nursing him!! He likes to sleep all day too and all night. I wake him during the day every two hours to nurse. I Nurse religiously every two hours. During the night I set an alarm to get up every 3 hours and nurse him!!

    Answer by nat1387 at 7:53 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • This is what worked for me when I was having supply issues:

    Nurse frequently
    Drink lots of water, at least 6 oz every time you nurse and every time you pump
    Have lots of skin-to-skin contact with your baby
    Take brewers yeast tabs
    Look at pictures of your baby while you pump
    Wait at least an hour after nursing to pump.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:03 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • If the ONLY thing you're using to gauge your supply is the fact that you only see droplets, I'd stop worrying. If you are changing 6-8 diapers in a 24 hr period, then supply is fine. If you're NOT getting the diapers, that's when I would start considering ways to boost supply.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:01 AM on Jan. 23, 2011

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