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Increasing milk supply

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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So, I nursed my first two boys and noticed a decrease around the 4 th month or so when rice cereal was introduced.. My new baby is 2 1/2 mos and I can barely feed him. My supply is so low! I work from home (in home childcare) and am busy busy busy, but I do my best to make to nurse or pump. Recently we have been supplementing with similac and now he loves the bottle. Ugh! I could really use som advice, I'm usually an awesome mill maker :) the past two days I've been taking fenugreek capsules, no noticeable diff yet. Suggestions?? Thanks :)
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Thr33-boys
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Sorry for all the spelling errors, typing one handed from a phone haha!
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clds0507
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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I tried eating oatmeal and it worked for me! After her usual 6 hrs of sleep she nursed on left I pumped on right got 10oz from the right. It was insane. Usually I get 3-4 oz in am.
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MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Since this happened with your other babies, I would have this one checked for lip/tongue ties by an IBCLC or ENT specialist.  If ties are present, they seriously interfere with the transfer of milk from breast to mouth. This in turn causes a drop in supply and possibly a drop in weight gain.  Have the ties clipped and drop the bottles.  Let someone else take on some of the chores while you take a nursing holidaay, preferable in bed, with the baby. No cereal-also interferes with supply and the absorption of nutrients from breastmilk.  Check kellymom.com for more information.

fortressmom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Be sure you are taking enough of the fenugreek. When you smell like maple syrup, you're taking the right amount. If you have a carrier, wear baby so he can nurse when he wants, but your hands are still free. Drinking tons of water,coconut water, and gatorade and sufficient calories through the day too should help. Make a batch of lactation cookies to nibble on for snacks too. But lots of nursing will make the biggest difference. And throw out the cereals with this babe. They are nasty and unnecessary:) Go straight to real foods between 6 and 9 months instead. So much easier and healthier for baby in the long run!

melindabelcher
by mel on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM
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1. Rice cereal is unnecessary and potentially harmful to breastfed babies id encourage you to research it further before deciding to give it. solids are best when you wait until the child is 6+mo, sitting indep, lost tongue thrust, developed pincer grasp.

2. can you wear baby? Its so much faster and easier to latch baby on and continue on about your day then having to sit and pump. 

3. What is leadingly you to believe you have a supply problem?

4. How many diapers in 24hrs?

5. Giving bottles while you are there especially when its formula will absolutely cause a supply problem. Those have to go. 

K8wizzo
by Kate on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM

How are you judging low supply?  How big are the bottles?  How often are they given?  How much time are you away from baby?

Mom2Just1
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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The bottles are probably not helping.  It tells your body to slow down milk production.  You could try mother's milk tea.  I used that when i was sick and worried my supply would drop.  I drank 3 cups/day and noticed an increase in 24 hours.  Also, no cereal. It is an outdated practice and not even needed.  

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Thr33-boys
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Sorry for all the spelling errors, typing one handed from a phone haha!
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Thr33-boys
by on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Really??!! Was it instant or regular?


Quoting clds0507:

I tried eating oatmeal and it worked for me! After her usual 6 hrs of sleep she nursed on left I pumped on right got 10oz from the right. It was insane. Usually I get 3-4 oz in am.

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melindabelcher
by mel on Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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It would have to be regular. But it usually doesn't increase supply when there is no supply issue

Quoting Thr33-boys:

Really??!! Was it instant or regular?


Quoting clds0507:

I tried eating oatmeal and it worked for me! After her usual 6 hrs of sleep she nursed on left I pumped on right got 10oz from the right. It was insane. Usually I get 3-4 oz in am.


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