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Increasing Milk Supply with 10 Month Old?

I breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of my daughter's life, then started working full time (she stayed home with dad) and started supplementing with formula. She's now 10.5 months, I'm back to just part-time work, and I'd like to increase my milk supply to breastfeed her a bit more often. I can breastfeed her one or two times a day and she'll actually latch and eat for a little while. But if I try any more than that she'll latch for a few seconds, and then when she realizes there's no milk she stops immediately. I don't know how to increase my supply if she won't suck more. And pumping has never worked for me (I've tried four pumps). She's still taking about 16 ounces of formula each day, and I'd really like to reduce that for health and financial reasons. Any suggestions? Oh, and she's eating solids at each meal and for snacks.

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Both of my sons weaned themselves at about 10-11 months. I breastfed exclusively til 5 or 6 months, then started solids plus breastfeeding. Maybe it's time to start juice with some meals, if the pediatrician says it's ok. She'll be on regular milk around one year, I think.

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you can try taking fenugreek at least 4 times a day. It's in liquid form and you mix it with water (I always used juice though). You can get it at vitamin shops or whole foods. However I also just learned that wearing a bra with underwire will hinder your milk from "flowing" and coming down. But you just have to get her to do it more often. It's all about supply and demand. Right now the milk knows to come at the times you have been doing it while at work full time. I was put on a pumping schedule where I had to pump every 2-3 hours for a while. I know you have tried several pumps but have you tried Medela? They are a little expensive but they are what they use in hospitals. You may be able to go to the hospital you gave birth to your daughter and speak to the lactation people and rent a pump which is more economical. I know it's frustrating when you want nothing more than to nurse your child and cant supply enough. Part of the problem is being frustrated. That can hinder you too. I wish you the best of luck. I know what you're going through.

Hi J.,
That is wonderful that you want to continue to nurse your daughter and nurse her more often. As a nurse-midwife and mother of two, who nursed her daughter 21 months, including during my second pregnancy up until 3 days to giving birth, More Milk Plus capsules worked very well to increase my milk supply when there was a need.

More milk plus capsules made by Motherlove. It contains Fenugreek, blessed thistle, nettle leaf and fennel seed. It works better than straight fenugreek and has less side effects. One sees results in 24-36 hours it is amazing. You can purchase it at www.motherlove.com. Follow the directions on the bottle, then when your supply increases, continue taking one capsule two times per day for a few days then one per day. I have a 4 month old and drink Mother's Milk teas daily to help maintain my milk supply. It can be purchased at Whole Foods, but is expensive. I buy mine at www.vitacost.com. You might be able to buy the More milk plus capsules from vitacost also. Best wishes. D.

Both of my sons weaned themselves at about 10-11 months. I breastfed exclusively til 5 or 6 months, then started solids plus breastfeeding. Maybe it's time to start juice with some meals, if the pediatrician says it's ok. She'll be on regular milk around one year, I think.

Your body will change your milk production with demand. It's really just that simple. Nurse more, and you will make more. Don't bother pumping. The baby is a better pump than the pump could ever aspire to be. She'll get what she needs. Just feed her when she wants to, and your body will do the rest. It's really that perfect of a system. Trust your body.

It may not fit your situation completely, but the usual recipe for increasing the milk supply is to eat more, drink more, rest more, and nurse more.

Here are some other ideas...

http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr94p43.html
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/increase.html
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/pumpwork.html
http://www.llli.org/NB/NBNovDec07p279.html
http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug07p180.html
http://www.llli.org/NB/NBrelactation.html
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/strike.html

Here's a forum about breastfeeding where you might find some good answers...

http://forums.llli.org/search.php?searchid=890686

Best wishes,
J.

Talk to la leche league for more suggestions but:

fenu creek improves milk supply and you can get it at vitamin shoppe and dominicks etc.

be as stress-free as possible

don't eat the herb sage; it decreases milk

pump as often as possible including at work whenever you can

good luck

The fenugreek is a great idea but be aware that it may change the taste of your milk. Your baby probably won't mind but I mention it because I have heard someone else say that and if it happens then at least you know why! The chances are slim, though, so I wouldn't EXPECT any problems.
Also, I recently started going to LLL meetings and I wish I had been going all along. There are so many little nursing things that I would have loved more expert help with. The women there are so great and supportive and they've experienced just about everything!
Good luck--you're gonna do it and do it just great.

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