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How do I increase my milk supply?

I have a 3 month old son, and went back to work full time last week. I'm pumping at work, and they'll let me do it as much as I want to.

My question is, even before I went back to work, in spite of me trying to exclusively breast feed, my supply was going down. I think it's partly because he sleeps 8-9 hours in a row at night, but he's been doing that for a while. At this point, even with pumping every 2 1/2 hours, I can only get about 3oz per session, not enough to keep him exclusively on breast milk :|

I'm also taking supplements (with fenugreek), but they don't seem to do much... Does anybody have any other suggestions to get my supply back up again? I would REALLY like to get him back on breast milk exclusively!

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Asked by Anouck at 7:39 PM on Jul. 12, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Drink a LOT of water! My supply is always down when I don't have at least 16 oz. each time baby feeds.

    Also, try setting your alarm clock and waking up to pump once while your baby is sleeping that 8 to 9 hour stretch.

    How much breastmilk does your baby drink each time you bottle feed him?

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 7:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • Drink as much water as you can and then drink some more.... most women don't drink as much water as needed.

    Answer by alrd at 7:43 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • I never could get much with a pump, but manually expressing (takes practice) I could feed a small village!

    Also, around 2-4 months, your supply does naturally decrease. In the beginning, you have an over supply. That is normal.

    If you're taking fenugreek, you need to take a TON of it- blessed thistle helps also.

    Make sure you are keeping well hydrated.

    PM me... Have more info, but am too busy in the kitchen to type it all out at the moment.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 7:44 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • Drink at least 8 cups ( or 64 oz) and eat lots of oatmeal it worked great for me

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • ALSO, about once per day I pump one side while baby feeds from the other. This way I'm telling my body to produce more than baby actually needs...

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 7:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • It can't be that, I seriously drink almost a gallon of water a day..... I can try the pumping at night, but lately he's been waking up every 5 hours or so, and it's still not increasing. He'll usually drink about 5oz per feeding...

    Comment by Anouck (original poster) at 7:46 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • Thanks, ladies, I'll try any suggestions you make!

    ObbyDobbie, I'm at work right now, can't pm, but I'll send you a message later (if the kids allow me, heh).

    Comment by Anouck (original poster) at 7:48 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • Pump 5 to 10 minutes will signal to your breasts that you need more milk. Just like a child would if they were going through a growth spurt.

    Also if you don't already have one, invest in a good dual electric pump!

    Answer by tangleballlover at 7:57 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • drink some brewers yeast...look at the supermarket

    Answer by dramaMama407 at 8:02 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

  • drink mother's milk tea and soup (any kind) they are more effective than water. Avoid caffine as much as possible

    Answer by Amy2079 at 9:04 PM on Jul. 12, 2011

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