E.S. asks from Fort Worth, TX on June 08, 2007
Help Increase Milk Supply
Hello moms! I need a little advice on how to increase breastmilk supply. I have a 2 1/2 mo old and barely have enough milk. I have tried just about everything. I have to supplement with formula and I do not want to do that. How can I increase my supply enough to be able to pump, so that when my hubby needs to feed it doesn't have to be formula?
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Thank you everybody for your information. I am alot more comfortable with our situation. I am able to pump a little more. I also am not worried about feeding in public, so if anyone has something to say to me--I just will deal with it. My baby doesn't get much formula anymore, but I do still have to give him some unfortunately. But thanks everybody that gave my ways to increase---they do help---And by the way--I LOVE the cookies!!!
G.A. answers from Dallas on June 12, 2007
I hope someone has helped you with this. I saw some place in past messages where someone had the answer and it did work according to them. G. W
T. answers from Dallas on June 11, 2007
If you look on the Medela website, it tells you about an herbal supplement called Fenugreek. I used it and it seemed to help me. You can get it at GNC or a health food store. (They have Fenugreek & Thyme, but that is not what you’re looking for.) I have also heard about Milk Aid, but I think you can only get it off the internet.
Best of Luck
L.H. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2007
My first impulse if for you to contact the la leche league or consult a lactation expert. But you can consider takeing fenugreek to stimulate greater milk production. Fenugreek is a fragrant seed that is used as the flavoring in artificial maple syrup. You can make a tee from the seeds, but more convenient and effective is the capsule form which is availabe in most health food stores. Tke to to three capsules ber day and uyou will typically notice an increase in milk production in three days.
Blessed thistle is also helpful. Like fenugreek is is available in capsule form.. The typical dose is 1 capsule (390 mg per capsule) three times a day. You can use blesed thistle and fenugreek at the same time.
J.D. answers from Dallas on June 08, 2007
I haven't been there yet, but my SIL was telling me that she had a lactation nurse come to her house. The nurse made her lie down on her stomach with warm towels on her breasts. She also had her take milk thistle supplements. She had some of the thickest, richest breast milk I have ever seen and she was over producing.
I don't know if these things will work for you, but anything is worth a shot. I am in hopes that I can breast feed my daughter when she gets here. That is one of my greatest fears is that I won't be able to give her enough.
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K.W. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2007
Pump, Pump, Pump and BF as much as you can. Drink plenty of water. There is another option that you would have to talk to your OB about. My OB gave me a prescription for a compounding med called Domperidone. It cost me about $65 a month. It is not FDA approved for increasing milk supply, but it is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. My milk supply increased drastically in about 3 days of taking the med. I did not have any side effects and I got it at Both Worlds Pharmacy in Arlington. You can also try Mother's Milk tea. I could not ever find it here so my Mom sent it to me from South Texas.
K.T. answers from Dallas on June 08, 2007
I had the same problem. Make sure to drink TONS of water! I went to a lactation consultant and she helped me latch my daughter on better and put me on Fenugreek which is an herb supplement that helps to increase your milk supply. You can get it at Whole Foods. She also had me pump after EVERY feeding. I know it sounds time consuming and IT IS! I would feed my daughter and then hook up to the pump for at least 10 minutes. Even if I didn't get anything, it tricked my body into thinking that I needed it. Hope some of these help.
A.T. answers from Little Rock on June 10, 2007
I was also told about the fenugreek and mothers milk tea and lots of water. Preparing for my 2nd I have had a TON of mothers recommend eating oatmeal for breakfast and the following cookie receipe. They have all told me that they are REALLY tasty and really help. I posted it on here as a post but for some reason it was removed so here you go. :)
Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies:
* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.
Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Serves: 6 dozen cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes
*can be found at any local health food store.
*NOTE* IT MUST BE BREWERS YEAST, NO SUBSTITUTIONS.
I made these for a friend who's having supply issues and they were so flippin' good. You can feel yourself lactating as you nibble on them. If you don't like chocolate, who doesn't like chocolate tho, you can substitute for carob chips, raisins, butterscotch chips, whatever. (Reprinted with permission) - created by Noel Pickett
And also to let her BF as much as possible as baby works MUCH better than the pump ever will to get your supply up. Good luck!
A.S. answers from Dallas on June 11, 2007
Hi, breastfeeding can be hard and not as easy and natural as you think it should be. I breastfed my daughter until she was one and I have 3 sisters who also breastfed their children....10 altogeher. I nursed and bottle fed with pumped breast milk from birth. The commonality with all of us was that milk production was based on how much was expressed at each feeding/pumping. How long does your baby nurse each time? I would go ahead and start pumping now. Pump at least as long as your baby nurses on each side and think about increasing that time by 5 minutes per side. Try to pump at a normal feeding time when you are bottle feeding/supplementing (for now) with formula. Try this for two feedings a day. You should see an increase in your production very soon. If you you still don't see an increase, call a lactation consultant for help. Your OB or hospital can recommend one close to you. Good luck!
T.T. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2007
At one point my consultant told me to use Fenugreek. (Pill form) It worked for me! The only side effect is that you can start to small like maple syrup when you sweet. My husband loves IHOP! : ) So, it was not bad for me. Take it for as long as can or untill you supply comes up and your producing more. Any health food store should have it and it does not cost too much.
I have used it with all three of my children and they had no side effects. My first son had some problems with nursing so we only did it for a few months. My second son nursed for 2 years and my daughter is 15 months and still nursing.
Best of luck,
J.B. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2007
I drink Mother's Milk Herbal Tea. I drink about 4 bags a day. It has fenugreek in it and it works awesome. Another thing is when your baby nurses you may have enough milk. But, when you pump, you may not have the "let down reflex" for the pump, like you do for your baby. That happened to me, so I just strictly breast feed. Its hard at first, but not hard after they start eating solids.
E.M. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2007
rest, rest, rest, drink lots of water.
The BEST thing is to get a good "chick flick" and sit on the couch all day, nursing on demand, resting, and enjoying the down time. I PROMISE it works!! liz