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I have a little problem with breast feeding, i'm noticing after 2 days of my new little one not feeding very often (due to having supplement she was born on friday and was soo tiny 4lbs 14 oz) i see that i'm not producing as much milk as i did when in the hospital and the first 2 days at home? anyone have any advice on how to help me get my production of milk up? Thank you to anyone who can!


Asked by BobbieJo286 at 2:27 PM on Feb. 4, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Bobby Jo, what you describe is normal. Just nurse and count dipes. One change per day of life in week one, 6-8 changes a day thereafter. This is the ONLY indicator that matters! Pump output is irrelevant to supply; it merely measures your response to the pump. How your breasts feel is irrelevant... they are supposed to soften up as the system swings into full gear. And how baby acts is irrelevant as far as supply; they are supposed to be more demanding than your toughest teacher ever was.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:04 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Feed on demand. You can try eating oatmeal everyday(good for lactation). Feeding on demand is your best bet. Congrats on the new baby!

    Answer by nicjon at 2:30 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Get a good pump and keep pumping to get your milk supply up. Did you talk to a lactation consultant at the hospital? If not get in touch with one they can help you with making sure your baby is getting plenty of milk from you. What you can pump isn't always a good indicator of what baby is getting.


    Answer by Charis76 at 2:33 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • The best advice is to put your baby to the breast, the more she nurses the more milk your body will make. Keep a close eye on the clock and make sure you are putting baby to the breast at least every two hours, so you nurse at 12:00 and 2:00 and 4:00 even if she eats for 40 minutes each time. It's tiring for sure, but it will help your milk production. If you're having any problems with let down try a warm shower right before nursing or a warm washcloth on your chest. If you are engorged and it's hard for baby to latch use your hands to express a bit of milk before letting her latch. You can gently rub the bottom of her cheek with your pinky to stimulate sucking, and make sure she is awake to nurse even if you have to take her clothes off and tickle her feet. In fact, taking her clothes off is a good idea because the skin to skin contact will stimulate your milk as well. Good luck and keep at it, I'm sure it will work out!

    Answer by MaryMW at 2:39 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • Nurse nurse nurse. Then nurse some more.

    Milk is supply and demand. Your breasts are filled with glands-- they make milk when the baby is nursing. They are not bladders. It is normal for the full feeling to go away and for your breasts to still be producing plenty of milk.

    Please join us in one of the many helpful and supportive breast feeding forums! We love breast feeding and we love helping mothers figure it out.

    Keep offering the breast often. Don't schedule feeds. If the baby makes 8+ diapers a day then the baby is getting plenty.

    Answer by ecodani at 2:31 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • they make this all natural tea called mothers milk that you can find at any grocery store all those natural teas work for what they're supposed to work for. its much better than taking a prescription and costs 5 bucks a box. i love this tea. i have one for period cramps and water weight and both work. i never bloat or get cramps anymore

    Answer by momofone725 at 2:31 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • "Make sure baby is actually swallowing. You should see her swallow and hear it. "

    Caveat on that. In 26 months of nursing I never heard ONE swallow. Not once. And couldn't see t either due to the positioning neede for overactive letdown. I put little store in swallows.

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:37 PM on Feb. 5, 2011

  • Thank you .. i will try it for sure!

    Comment by BobbieJo286 (original poster) at 2:31 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • this is the tea but you'll find it at any grocery store

    Answer by momofone725 at 2:35 PM on Feb. 4, 2011

  • When i was in the hospital my supply was crazy.. i had tons of milk and it came in fast and now that i'm home it seems as of today to not be as much, She falls asleep so fast when i get her breast feeding, it takes a good hour between both breast for her to feed then i pump both of them but the feedings aren't as often as in the hospital. I think i will call the loacation consultant to just make sure. and i do have a good pump. Thank you!

    Comment by BobbieJo286 (original poster) at 2:39 PM on Feb. 4, 2011