R.L. asks from Odessa, TX on October 31, 2007
Friend Try to Breast Feed but Doesn't Produce Much Milk.
My best friend just had a baby. She has been trying to breast feed. I have two children- one was breastfed and the other couldn't. My breastfed child is SO much healthier than his sister. So she is trying disperately to feed her baby. Unfortuntely she does not produce much milk. I never had this problem...so I do not know how to help her. She has taken some herbal suppliments, but they have been little help. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone have any ideas to help a mother produce more milk? I feel bad for her and she is begining to get upset because she feels like a failure. I'm not much help because I always had too much milk and assumed she would. This is her first and only child. She is 35 if that helps. I will gladly pass any wisdom that you have on to her. Maybe one of you can help me-help her.
L.S. answers from Dallas on October 31, 2007
I guess I would have to ask her why she thinks she's not producing enough milk. Is it because she can't pump much. Pumping is rarely an accurate indicator of how much milk a person is producing. Does the baby seem fussy? That too may have nothing to do with supply. Also, stress (as in stressing about how much you produce) doesn't help and creates a self defeating cycle in my experience.
I was an older mom too who had problems with milk production. I don't know if it was age related or not. I know the best advice I got was from my local La Leche League group and a good lactation consultant. I would suggest your friend contact her local LLL. Meetings are free and open to any nursing mom. Also, LLL leaders are wonderful in pointing a person towards the right resources, etc.
Here are some good links to pass on to her:
Good luck! I know breast feeding was very difficult for me, but it was one of the best parenting decisions I made. It's worth it to keep trying if that's what you want to do.
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J.D. answers from Dallas on October 31, 2007
The suggestion that I got was to only feed off one breast at a time allowing the other breast a longer length of time to fill up. This did increase my milk supply and I now get quite full. I just have an extremely hungry baby girl who at 4.5 months feeds every 2 hours.
So I feed Elizabeth the breast until she empties it and then I give her a bottle of formula. The next time, she gets the other breast. I always give the breast before the bottle. It also helps to start the lactation process manually before the baby starts sucking. That way the baby doesn't get frustration if let down is slow.
I hope this helps. :)
A.L. answers from Houston on November 01, 2007
I don't know if this is the supplement that your friend is already taking, but my sister used Fenugreek to help with her milk supply. It can be bought at a healthfood store. This was recommended to her by a lactation consultant. Also, I know she feels the baby is not getting enough, but try not to supplement with formula too much because the more the baby nurses, the more milk will be produced. That means that the baby may need to nurse very often for a while until the milk supply can catch up to her needs. If she does use formula to supplement, then it is a good idea to use a breast pump (preferrably an electric, medical grade one) in between some feedings to help stimulate her milk supply. Hope that helps a little.
A.G. answers from Spartanburg on November 02, 2007
Congratulations to your friend. She has a good friend in you, trying to support her efforts.
She should be going to a good lactation consultant. I went to a pediatrician in Waco who is also a lactation consultant. let me know if she wants the number. is she pumping? how does she know her milk is low? is baby not gaining?
I got a Rx for Domperidone, which the compounding pharmacy in town will make. it doubled my supply within a few days, and I used it for several months-can't remember exactly how many (a year?) Eventually I started getting headaches and weaned at 16 months- but would never have gone that long without the med.
I tried fenugreek, more milk supplement, mother's milk tea, warm compresses- they can all help and are worth a try. just didn't help me.
the LLL leader in Waco is really, really nice. Very helpful, and I know she would be happy to talk with her on the phone and try to help.
Good luck. Your friend should be proud of herself!
L.M. answers from Longview on November 01, 2007
Has your friend talked to a lactation consultant? Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler has several wonderful lactation consultants. They can help her. She can go in and they will observe (yes it sounds weird) but they can help any mistakes that are being made.... Also, tell her to try feeding the baby more often. The more you feed the more your milk supply is suppose to get because the more you empty the breast the more it has to refill. I know they tell you you can drink Mothers Milk tea or take fenugreek to increase milk supply. It helps a little and I used it when he started needing a little more to eat. She may have to supplement a little formula, but the important thing is that the baby get at least a little breast milk and is healthy. I hope this helps but I would tell her to contact a lactation consultant, if you need a number just let me know and ill get it to you.... Tell her to hang in there
L.B. answers from El Paso on November 01, 2007
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made by our amazing Creator,first of all!Eventhough is tough you just have to keep on nursing and let that baby suck even if its just to sooth like a pcifier, once her body notices that it needs to make more milk it will. One thing that I thought was really neat is a tea that is called "mother's milk" and you can find it at most helath stores. it taste good warms you up and helps your milk all at the same time! Tell her not to give up it just takes time. Use the example in your children of the health stuff. That is one thing you can never change after the fact. Breastfedd babies will always behealhier. I read just the other day if can help prevent diabeties and obesity ater in lifefor them also. Who wouldnt prevent their child from ing having that if they could!:)
L.B. answers from San Antonio on November 01, 2007
Sometimes drinking a lot more water can help.
G.B. answers from San Antonio on November 01, 2007
Hi I am a SAHM of 3 (11,9,and 3)and I breastfed all of mine for atleast a 1yr if you can do that great if not anything helps. Let your friend know that she should drink plenty of water throughout the day that helps. I think she should call her local hospital ask for the maternity ward and ask to speak to a lactating consultant (even if she didn't deliver there)they are very helpful. I found that when my child would feed from one side of the breast I would pump (electric by playtex)the other side. This works real well but not easy to do. Make sure if you are going to do this you have remote and phone next to you so you dont have to interrupt the feeding.The more the baby suckle from the nipple the more milk will be produced. While feeding from one side and pumping the other your body will produce the sufficient amount of milk needed to keep you going for as long as needed. This could take a couple of days to work but dont be discouraged it will happen. When you pump the other side at first you will not get a lot so you probaly will have to pump and dump but it will come also try a warm wash cloth on the breast you pump while pumping.I really hope this helps dont get discouraged. I would also ask about how safe the herbal supplements are right now with breastfeeding sometimes the alter your own chemicals in your body.P.S lets face it our body still doesnt belong to us after the babies out because everything we put in our mouths affects the milk that goes in to our baby. Make sure they dont effect the milk.