New mommy preemie baby boy

Hi, my baby boy was born two weeks ago, and my milk supply seems very low. I have been doing my best to increase it: fluids, fenugreek, and frequent pumping, but it's just not enough. I feel like I'm not providing for my baby like I should I hope it comes soon for him. :( Anyone else have the same problem or is it just my body can't produce?

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Oct 31, 2012
a few tips
by: Tracy

Hi new mommy

Why do you think your milk supply is low?

Here is a page that will help if you are not sure...

Is my baby getting enough milk?

If your baby is producing enough urine and poop nappies and picking up weight, you most probably are producing enough milk. Here is info on the minimum urine and bowel movement output...

Infant stools

Also, are you supplementing? Supplementing can decrease supply. The more you breastfeed, the more your body will produce.

Have you tried herbs for increasing supply?
Here is a recipe that I use to increase supply.

Because your baby is premature, your breastfeeding problems may be due to a bad latch. Do you have somebody that can help you? Have you thought of contacting a lactation consultant in your area? Here is a page on latching on that might help.

Oct 31, 2012
same problem
by: Samantha Cope

"I know exactly how this feels!!!! Having the same problem!! & my boy is 5weeks why do you think your supply is low?? I thought I wasn't producing enough milk it turns out my boy is very impatient with the flow, so he has to b settles to feed a few times I have to pop him on the baby sling and feed him as he feels secure!!"

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Preemie with heart condition

by Joy

My daughter was born at 35 wks and weighed 3 lb 10 oz she has a heart condition as well. She came home at 41 wks (June 1) weighing 5 lbs 1 oz she is now 7 lbs 7oz.

I am nursing but also have to pump and add fortifier to my milk to help her grow. I am concerned with whether or not my milk production is good enough, and also, wondering if she is getting the hindmilk...Should I be pumping after each feeding and using this milk with the fortifier? Help!!

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Jul 26, 2012
Pumping and breastmilk supply
by: Zelda Behr

All new mommies feel that they don't have enough milk so don't feel alone.

These are the thing to look out for to see if the baby is getting enough milk.

-Does baby cry after the feed?

-Is she gaining or losing weight?

-Swallowing and sucking sounds while drinking.

-+/- 4 clear or light-colored urine diapers, dark urine indicates baby is not getting enough fluid.

-Your breast will feel softer after nursing.

If you find after this that baby is not getting enough milk, here are some ways to increase milk supply

-Breastfeed breastfeed breastfeed that is the number one thing to do, offer baby both breasts but first let baby empty one breast then offer the other, that will also ensure that she gets the fatty hindmilk.

-Breast massages and breast compression.

-Herbs: Fenugreek, milk thistle, fennel, raspberry leaves, goats rue, alfalfa, brewer's yeast, hops flowers, nettle tea.

- Food that increases milk supply includes Carrot seeds, beet, and yam, beet leaves, spinach, chicory, dark green leafy vegetables, plain Oats, raw nuts, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, water, herbal root beers, chicory coffee, barley water, and garlic. It has been found that if mom eats a lot of garlic, it gives the breast milk a more agreeable taste, which will increase the time baby spends on the breast, therefore, increasing breast milk production). Ginger (should not be taken with any other medication)

-Medication: Metoclopramide, Domperidone, Chlorpromazine, Oxytocin,Sulpiride.
Always first try the more natural remedies before these.

I would not recommend trying to pump after a feed instead pump in between feeds or a little just before a feed to reduce the amount of foremilk.
Remember foremilk contains carbohydrates, protein and vitamins and you are adding fortifier to it so that alone will help.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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Have a preemie that's still in hospital

My baby was born at 24wk n two days. My milk supply was good for about 6wks; now it's starting to slow down.

So I'm taking the mothers milk to keep my supply up for storage until my baby gets home. I am also taking the fenugreek supplement. I'm going two do both twice a day.

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Jan 25, 2016
more suggestions
by: Tracy

Do the Fenugreek supplements work for you? I found that only the natural form of fenugreek worked. I use to take the seeds and boil them, then add lemon and honey. Makes a nice tea and works wonders!! I also found that seaweed works. If you like sushi, the nori in the sushi does the trick. Also oatmeal and coconut water!! Hope this helps

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Premature infants and pumping

Thank you for the information on lactogenesis 3 - it is difficult to get this precise information (day 9) and so important when working with mothers of premature infants who are pumping for their babies - Carol A Olsen R.N., I.B.C.L.C.

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