D.S. asks from Shawnee on Delaware, PA on February 17, 2008
Need Help with Breastfeeding
I really need some advice for breastfeeding. Two weeks ago my two month old son started his 6 week growth spurt and since then I haven't had enough milk for him. I have been giving him formula to supplement..I know everyone says i shouldn't because it's "feeding" into the problem...however, I only give him formula when he's crying because he's so hungry from not getting any milk from me. I have tried drinking fenugreek and fennel water(boiled together like tea), I have just begun taking alfalfa, I have tried Mother's Milk tea...these are all just a quick fix..enough for one feeding, and even still not enough. I only have the opportunity to pump about one or two times a day, after I give my son the formula because he's full and doens't want to keep eating. Otherwise he's awake all day trying to nurse to fill himself up. It's like he's never full when he nurses...he had this problem even before the growth spurt.
so, my question is...is there any other way to get my body to produce more milk?
When I pump I only get from 1/4 of an ounce to an ounce at a time...so I can't even pump to supplement with breastmilk instead of formula.
Please help! I'm about ready to give up!
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much moms! I have tried pretty much all of your tips/advice (minus the beer..i don't drink) and my milk supply has definitely increased. It's not up to where it should be yet, but I'm going to keep working at it and try pumping more as you ladies suggested!
I cannot thank you all enough!
S.P. answers from New York on March 04, 2008
Pump! Pump! Pump! This is the only way to increase milk supply. I had the same problem and everyone told me to quit. The pump did wonders to my milk supply.
C.W. answers from New York on February 28, 2008
You should be getting 4-8 ounces at a time by now, so you should access medical support. There are breastfeeding doctors who can assess and prescribe medication if necessary. In the mean time, drink a guinness and lots of water.
D.B. answers from Elmira on February 21, 2008
I can give you a few things that have helped me. I am a mother of two children. My youngest is 8 months old and I am presently breatfeeding him full time and working full time as a teacher.
Here is what I have done to help keep my milk production going good. I drink a lot of water every day. Just plain water. I stay away from drinks, like soda that contain a lot of sodium that takes fluids away from my milk production. I also either feed my son or pump out at about the same times every day. If I changed the time then the next time I would not have as much milk for my son. Keeping a schedule really helped. I also take prenatal vitamins that my doctor said would help keep me healthy and my milk rich.
I hope this helps.
S.C. answers from New York on February 24, 2008
You definitely need to keep your fluid intake at a very high level....guzzle lots of water, you will see an increase in your milk probably within 24 hrs. I had a very difficult time keeping my milk supply sufficient with my 2nd child due to my lack of fluids (was busy running around after my 1st child and would "forget" to drink) But, after I got it figured out I was able to breastfeed for 13 months. You can also contact the Lactation Consultant up at Newton Memorial Hospital in the Maternity Dept. she is very good. Your body works on supply and demand....try not to pump so close to your feeding time so you can have enough for the baby and then pump right after to completely empty yourself...it will tell your body it needs to make more. Good Luck and stick with it...it's tough, but you can do it! :)
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J.P. answers from Syracuse on February 19, 2008
Feed him as often as he wants and your supply should build up. Babies who are 6 weeks old are still nursing on demand. My 9 1/1 month old still nurses when she wants. Your supply should build up if you drink plenty of water and are staying calm. Try not to stress. As long as he is pooping, peeing, and gaining weight there really is no need to supplement.
A.L. answers from New York on February 19, 2008
how frustrating for you! Don't give up. Have you tried calling La Leche? They seem to be a really excellent resource. Also- try taking some time to yourself- to relax. I've also heard (I know this sounds REALLY weird) that having a Guiness in the afternoon can help some women. Good luck. Don't lose heart. And remember - whatever ends up happening- that you are a great mom. Breastfeeding is not the ONLY way you show that every day. If your son ends up needing a little formula to get through this spurt, he'll be great.
A.B. answers from New York on February 19, 2008
Hey! This may not be the advice you're looking for, but my suggestion is to stop worrying about not producing enough milk. Just supplement with formula--it's perfectly ok to do so. I nursed my first two kids for 9-10 months each, and I waited too late to introduce a bottle, and I had to nurse until they could drink milk from a cup. With my third child, I started a bottle immediately, and switched back and forth between nursing and using bottles. He was just as happy and healthy a baby as were his sisters who only nursed. It's more important for your child that you are happy and relaxed. Don't stress about nursing--do it as much as you can, and supplement when necessary. Spend your time enjoying your son instead of worrying about your milk production!
J.Z. answers from Glens Falls on February 19, 2008
Don't give up! There could be many reasons your sweet boy is crying, it may not be your production levels at all. I suggest you give your body a chance, and let it respond to his needs- that's what we're made to do :) Feed him as often as you can and your body will respond by producing as much milk as he needs. I'd suggest stopping formula and pumping which could both slow down your production. You also may want to ask a lactation consultant or breast feeding support group for help making sure he has a good latch and/or trying different positions.
My oldest daughter fed every 60-90 minutes for months when she was an infant. I also struggled thinking it was "my fault" she was crying and what I perceived as "hungry", but I stuck with it. As a result she got fat and happy (and is now, at age 4, thin, active and happy) and I relaxed and enjoyed the remarkable time we had together.
Good luck~ YOU CAN DO IT!
K.D. answers from New York on February 19, 2008
i have a 4 week old and need to supplement with formula due to being able to produce enough milk - i recently started to visit lactation consultant - put on Mothers Milk which has helped but the best has be hand expressing after pumping then waiting five minutes and pumping some more has increased my volume - it is slowly working - i have doouble my production in two weeks.
B.B. answers from New York on February 19, 2008
I had the same issue as you with not having enough milk for my twin sons who are now almost a year old. I wish I had specific advice for you, but it seems like you've already tried most of the things I would have suggested. However, I want to encourage you not to give up! Please consider contacting your local La Leche League leader. Their national site is http://www.llli.org. From there I'm sure you can find your local chapter. They're a non-profit group that is so very knowledgeable and will help you free of charge. I'm still nursing and love it! I had a much easier time once the boys started on solid food at around 6-months because I found that the solids replaced the formula I had been supplementing with. So no more bottles for us! Again, don't give up! Help is out there! B.
C.J. answers from Buffalo on February 18, 2008
Well i heard drink gatorade at a meeting but you should make enough milk my son eats all the time too. i feed him on demand. I dont know what else to tell you then good luck and hope things get better for you i have nursed all my other kids and it worked out i always thought i didnt have enough milk but lets just say this my 3 month old right now weighs 16 lbs so he is good.