A.E. asks from Lewisville, TX on January 21, 2009
I Need to Boost My Milk Supply
I need some advice. My family has just survived a horrible stomach bug which took us all down. During my stint with the nastiness, I wasn't able to nurse my 2 month old. I didn't nurse or anything for 2 days (I was focussing on trying to live through this...it was bad business), and then for the next two days I pumped. I just didn't have a lot of energy, I wasn't eating much more than a few crackers, and I was still in sip the water so you don't barf the water mode. Needless to say, I think my supply seriously suffered during my recoup. This is my third child, so I'm familiar with the ins and outs of nursing. I'm putting him to the breast as often as possible, but it's not getting better. I have to go back to work in a few weeks, and I need to make sure that my supply is set so that I can pump and continue to nurse while I work. If anyone has any suggestions on things I can do, that will work, that would be great! I've sent my husband to the store to get some mother's milk tea. If anyone has any experience with that stuff, I would appreciate your input as well. Thanks Ladies!
So What Happened?™
I sent my husband to get the mother's milk tea, and it seems to have really helped. I didn't have to supplement at all today. I think that the fact I'm able to eat and drink water like a normal person again, finally, has also probably had some positive effects on my supply. Thank you all for your responses. I know that milk production is also affected by stress and worry, and having some advice lessened my stress level.
A.M. answers from Dallas on January 22, 2009
I have a 13 month old that I am still nursing. I have found the best vitamin that has kept my supply up no matter how sick I have been. It is from Melaluca and it is awesome. If you would like more info please let me know. I hope all goes ok.
M.B. answers from Dallas on January 21, 2009
You have some good suggestions already, so I'll just add one more. I find standing in the shower with hot water on my back often causes an extra let-down. That seems to get my production going, especially if I pump afterward.
Good luck to you!
R.H. answers from Dallas on January 21, 2009
Bless your heart -- so glad you're recovered from such a nasty bug! Now then, get thee to kellymom.com! That site is hands down the best resource I know for all things breastfeeding.
As for the tea -- works relatively well, just drink lots of it. Also ensure you get plenty of water, plenty of calories, and plenty of rest. Try not to stress about your milk supply (difficult, I know!!). An important thing to remember, especially as you re-establish your supply, is that your pumping output does not necessarily accurately reflect your actual supply for your nursing baby. Try to relax & picture that milk flowing like Niagara Falls. (*clicking over to check how to spell that...it just doesn't look right*) ;) we're good.
I also have had great success with a "nursing vacation." You know, minimizing activity like you just did - only without being sick - and instead of puking all the live-long day, laying in bed skin to skin with your babe, nursing and nuzzling as often as possible -- getting up only to pee and put out the fires your 2 older boys start... ;D
As for the Supplemental Nursing System -- costly, but possibly worth it if your flow isn't sufficient to keep your baby interested enough to stimulate production. (And if you try it, be sure to have enough good-quality tape handy!)
Other things you might wanna try first, though:
More Milk capsules
Things you might wanna avoid:
birth control pills
And no matter what you do, stay away from Reglan as if life as you know it depends on it -- it just might. (Domperidone is a completely different story, though.)
K.C. answers from Dallas on January 21, 2009
The herb fenugreek helped me a lot! You can either find it in a tea called "Mother's Milk" (like you mentioned) or just take the Fenugreek capsules (the bottle says it is for stomach issues but it helps with milk production too). Either can be found at a natural foods store. Good Luck.
G.R. answers from Dallas on January 21, 2009
the only thing that really helpme is drink milk with cinamon
just put to boil milk and add about 3 cinamon sticks and a little sugar and drink hot and that help me to produce more milk also drink hot beverages