A.C. asks from Chicago, IL on January 20, 2011
More Milk Please
My second daughter is 8months old. I breastfed my first for 11 months before I lost my supply...help, i am already lossing my supply and desperatly want to nurse for 12months. Here is what I do tried: taking 2400mg of fenugreek throughout the day (from vitamin shoppe), and about 2000mg blessed thistle, eat steal cut oatmeal for breakfast everyday (i have a pretty decent diet), I drink at least 3 liters of water a day, get ok exercise (anywhere from 2-5x a week, depending on the week), nurse my daughter every 3-4 hours throuhout the day, except she has 1 bottle around noon (and i pump then with either my medela pump in style, or my medela hands free). I also pump before I go to bed. I try to pump 2 other times after feedings if my job and other child allow. I work from home, so i am pretty "flexible" to try/do anything to get me through the next couple of months. Thank you!
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thank you for the response so far! I feel like I am losing my supply because my daughter loses interest in about 3 minutes (so I get 6 minutes total). I try to burp her just in case she has air in her tummy filling her up. I nurse her in her room with the lights dim or off, and it quiet (sometimes light music or the giraffe playing) and also wear a nursing necklace to keep her focused. When I pump, I get 3-4 oz max. With my first, I got 6-10 oz til the 10th month, then could ony pump 1-2 oz. Wonder if my period as anything to do with it??? I got my period the last time when my first daughter was 11months, and just got my period for the first time since I had my second. Thanks again for the advice...any is welcomed!!!!!!
M.R. answers from Chicago on January 20, 2011
I didnt' read the other replies, but oatmeal can help too. Anything with oatmeal-cookies, etc.
The absolute best thing is to nurse to increase your supply. If you can get skin-to-skin contact with her and nurse nurse nurse, your supply will increase.
Make sure you aren't taking cold or allergy meds that might decrease your supply too.
I would call a lactation consultant (IBCLC) if you still have decreasing supply. There is one, Peggy Healy, who is really amazing, in the Chicago area.
Kudos to you for nursing!
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L.S. answers from Spokane on January 20, 2011
Just a few suggestions....maybe you're actually drinking too much water? Drinking too much will actually flush extra fluids from your body. 64 ounces is plenty = 2 litres. Also, co-sleeping can help....if that's somewhere you're willing to go :) I'm currently nursing my third and have found that extra protein helps me when I've felt like my supply was dwindling. You could ask your doc for a prescription for domperidone (sp?) Mostly though, just relax and make sure you're getting enough sleep.
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T.D. answers from Cleveland on January 20, 2011
You can also take goat's rue as it will actually encourage your body to make MORE glandular tissue for milk production. Google "lactation cookies", make and enjoy. Can you encourage your little one to nurse more frequently than 3-4 hours? The more she nurses the more you'll make.
Just out of curiosity, how do you know you are loosing your supply?
Look at your daughter not at the pump! The pump is not a good judge of milk supply as your daughter will be so much better at getting the milk out. Is she gaining weight? Happy after a nursing session? Meeting all her milestones and having plenty of wet and poopy diapers? Some babies are just fast nursers. As long as she is happy then I would not worry about it. Are you nursing on demand? Is she nursing at night at all?
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G.B. answers from Boise on January 20, 2011
Please don't do Reglan. This can cause irreversable damage to your CNS, AND it can surely cause problems in the child. Reglan inhibits the action of dopamine which allows more prolactin. Yes, it will cause a person to produce more milk, but now you have an increase in a gonatropin circulating in your system. High gonatropin hormones (hyperprolactinemia) cause infertility , shrinking breast, absence of menses,agression,hair loss,osteoporosis,heart disease,and loss of smell. In the male, in can cause low testosterone. Low testosterone can cause ALL kinds of disease and is linked to mental decline just for starters. You do not want to mess with your hormone levels which will affect your child's hormone levels. If you are taking this drug it wil be in your milk, I don't care what the doctors say. This drug is still not even really approved for anything but a real short term.
I study the endocrine system and there are reasons why children do not suckle as they should. It is more likely that you are not producing more milk because the child has a weak suck reflex or weak desire to feed, (and your body is responding accordingly to diminishing demand) rather than you having a defect in your "ability" to milk. Your goal then should not be to induce more milk but to get the child to be able to feed. A lack of desire/ability to eat/suckle/thrive is related to LOW CORTISOL hormones in the child. Low cortisol has become quite common, about epidemic I would say, although doctors will go out of their way to avoid diagnosing it.
I just responded to a mother on here last week with children who were not gaining weight or eating and indeed when she had the cortisol tested- it was LOW.
A.K. answers from Chicago on January 21, 2011
Hi there! I haven't read all the responses, but a couple quick tips:
-Solid foods can interfere with the baby's desire to nurse. Give solids at this age as an after-nursing "dessert." Your milk is full of the calories, good fats, etc. that your baby needs!
- Lots and lots of nursing...no need to watch the clock.
- Try to give lots of chances for baby to nurse when she's relaxed and cuddly, perhaps in a quiet room. Or take a bath with her. Or just spend a lot of time at home with baby in a carrier with your shirt off, making nursing readily available and enticing.
- Sage, parsley, and peppermint (think: Altoids) can hurt supply.
- Have you had your hormones tested?
I HIGHLY recommend the book "The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk." It helps you figure out where problems might be (with the baby vs. with you) and work through things. I read it and loved it...aside from helping with problems, it made me feel not so abnormal for having supply struggles!
Also, you can look up a La Leche League group in your area and attend a meeting where you'll find more support. Way to go trying to work through this!
D.R. answers from Chicago on January 22, 2011
As a mother of 2, nursed my daughter for 21 months and my son now who is 20 months and still nursing, I would recommend More milk plus capsules from Mother Love. It contains Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, Nettle and Fennel Seed. I always saw a significant increase in milk supply within 36 hours.
K.V. answers from Lansing on January 20, 2011
When my milk supply was starting to stop (mine only lasted 3 weeks), my doctor told me to drink a beer a day (1 can) and after I drink the beer, I pump and dump for 3 hours and then my milk would be good. They said it works for alot of people, but it didn't work for me, they also put me on a prescription that was suppose to help, called Reglan. That didn't help either, but they said it helps alot of others. My body just wasn't made to have babies or produce milk. But, I'm extremely with the one and only I have.
R.N. answers from Phoenix on January 20, 2011
This might be out there but have you taken a pregnancy test? Another reason why milk sometimes goes down could be if you were pregnant again. Also, my milk supply definately didn't last as long with my second as my first. Not sure why...it just seemed to dry up qucker with the second. I pretty much had to stop nursing after 6 mths with my second, and at about 9 mths with my first since I got pregnant again. Just a thought. Good luck!