less and less milk

by Marie
(N-B)

Hi there,

I started using formula about 2 months ago since my doctor told me that my daughter wasn't gaining enough weight.

Everyday it would seem that I was getting less and less milk. I would breastfeed her every time before giving her any supplement. Breastfeeding was getting very frustrating since it seemed like my daughter was just getting upset every time that I would try, so I slowly stop trying.

Today I basically depend completely on formula and I'm lucky if i can pump half an ounce of breast milk in a whole day!! My daughter is now 3 1/2 months old and drinks about 4-6 ounce of formula every 2-3 hours.

Is there any chance that if I keep pumping every 2 hour my milk supply would increase at this point? What can I do to get more milk, I really want to breastfeed!!

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Aug 21, 2010
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Good news!
by: Anonymous

Hi Marie

The doctors these days are far to fast to recommend formula!

I have good news for you! If you can produce any small amount of breast milk you can most probably produce a full supply of milk.

The fact that you haven't given up completely is great...it will make it much easier.

This is how milk production works: The more you stimulate your breasts the more milk you will start to produce.

Things that you can now start doing to increase your supply...
- Yes, start pumping in between feedings. Using an electric double action, hospital grade pump will help increase your supply faster.
- Get yourself a SNS (supplementary nursing system) If you don't know what this is you can read about it here. (they are cheap) This will help you increase supply while your baby drinks formula! After a while you wont need to use it anymore. Continue to first breastfeed without the lact aid and then breastfeed with it instead of giving her a bottle.
- Start using breast massage to increase supply.
- Drink plenty of water and eat well...this can really make a big difference in supply.
- Use breast compressions while breastfeeding.
- Have you thought of using some herbs like fenugreek? Fenugreek can increase supply within the first day of taking it!

Your baby is now irritable at your breast because she is accustomed to the fast flow of the bottle but as you continue to breastfeed and use the lactation aid your milk flow and supply will increase and she should become happier at the breast.

Believe in yourself...you can do this, your body was made to do this!

I'm here if you need any other advice and please let me know how things go.

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One ovary & low milk supply

Hi,

I am a 29 year old woman with only one ovary. I just had a baby and I found that I am not able to produce enough breastmilk despite improving my diet.

Could absence of one ovary be the cause? Please help as I really want to breastfeed my baby.

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May 10, 2012
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ovaries and milk production
by: Tracy

Hi

Breast milk production is regulated by hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland. Removal of your ovaries does not affect milk production. Your ovaries are needed to fall pregnant but, not for milk production.

Have you thought of using herbs or Domperidone to increase breast milk supply?



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DOES THIS HELP?
by: Anonymous

Hi there. I understand the desperate desire to feed your precious newborn. I had very low milk supply & got fed up with people telling me the basics when I was already doing that and more. So forgive me if you already know this but I don't want to deprive you of the information if you don't:

-BF / express overnight. I set my alarm for 2am and always got double than when I would pump during the day. This is because your prolactin rises at night and then rises further if you pump/BF.

- You can get the prescription domperidone / motilium which contains the hormone prolactin. This works for 4 out of 5 women.

- You can buy a 'supplemental nursing system' which gives your baby formula while you breastfeed. It's fiddly but this way your breasts are being constantly stimulated instead of giving the top up formula through a bottle.

- If you have a thyroid function problem, are overweight, have low iron, these can interfere with milk supply.

Can I ask
- How old is your baby?
- How do you know your supply is insufficient. Was your baby losing weight?
- Did you notice changes / discomfort in your breasts during pregnancy-especially the first trimester? (Some women have poor mammary growth due to insufficient glandular tissue or being overweight)


I would love to provide any other help I can as I suffered with low milk supply and BF with an SNS for 3 months so I understand your desperate desire to BF.

I have done much research so I have more success with baby two and maybe I could help you further.You could even reply to me directly '[email protected]' Hope this is some help.

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milk has been slow

by Maureen
(Pa)

My son is now two months and from the begining my milk has been slow. I think I'm going to get my thyroid levels checked next.

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Tell us if you find a solution
by: Michelle Molesworth

Hi there

I had very low milk supply and my son was losing weight when I exclusively breast fed. I tried many things but nothing helped. So I can understand your frustration if you are having trouble. If u find a cause for your slow milk, I (and other mums in the same boat) would love to hear from you so please post again if you find anything helps you. I am currently trying for baby two and if you have any tips that have helped you, please share as I really want to make more milk next time. Also I have done a lot of research myself and I am wondering if some of the things that I plan to do for more successful breast feeding next time could help you know in your situation. Please feel free to email me [email protected]

What exactly do you mean by slow milk? Do you feel that your breasts are slow to make enough milk, or that it is slow to be released? Is your son not gaining enough weight that is making you realize your milk is slow. Good luck to you - you are doing great to stick it out for two months with feeding issues.

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Increase milk supply
by: Zelda Behr

This is a very common thing, under breastfeeding moms.

Here are a few things you can try to increase milk supply.

* Breast compressions.

* Breast massage.

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breast-massage.html

* Herbs.
Fenugreek, Blessed thistle, Alfalfa, Brewers yeast, Fennel, Anise, Goats rue, Hops, Milk thistle, Shatavari, Flax, Soapwort, Marshmallow (althaea) root, Red raspberry leaf, Burdock, Chaste Berry.

* Mothers milk tea
2 parts fennel
1 part nettle
1 part blessed thistle
1 part fenugreek
½ part Hops
(grind the seeds before adding the boiling water to them – seep for 15-20 minutes)
I drink mine with honey and lemon.

* Foods.
Asparagus, Green beans, Carrots (especially carrot seeds), Yam, Watercress, Sweet potatoes, Dandelion greens, Peas, Beet and all other green leafy vegetables, Oatmeal, Millet, barley, brown rice and all other grains and legumes, Raw almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts and avocados, Garlic, onion and ginger (use these only if you yourself do not suffer from any bad reactions towards them, if you are okay after eating them your baby should be fine too)

Increase-milk-supply

* Galactogue drugs, these should be a last resort.
Metoclopramide (Maxolon, Pramin, Maxeran)
Domperidone for breastfeeding (Motilium)
Chlorpromazine
Oxytocin
Sulpiride

Galactagogues

Hope this helps.

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I had enough milk but now low milk..

by Juliet
(Palawan philippones)

I had enough milk before I started traveling.. After I start travel for 2 days which is I don't have chance to pump. Now I did not get enough milk.

Is travelling while your breast feed can affect your milk to slow down knowing that it's not on time pumping..

What I'm going to do to get back those the same amount of milk..

And how often to pump the milk, and normally how many ml will you expect each time pump..
Thanks you so much.

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You are not alone with Low Milk Supply and Baby Loosing Weight

by Catherine

I also wanted to share my story in the hopes of making other Moms not feel so alone with this problem.

During pregnancy my breasts were tender, they enlarged just like you would hope, yet I am sure my baby did not get colostrum in the hospital, and the most I could ever get from either breast was 1-2 tablespoons per pumping.

I even pumped in the hospital because my baby seemed irritated like she was not getting anything to eat and they wanted to check my supply.

I even experience the "let down" when your breasts swell, yet despite my best efforts, a baby who latched wonderfully, and a hospital-grade breast pump, I could never get more than a tablespoon.

By the time I took her for her first appt at the pediatrician at 3 days old, she had dropped over a pound from her birth weight, which was a clear indicator to me and her Dr. that was not receiving any sustenance. I was devastated that I was essentially starving my baby, unbeknownst to me.

I brought her home and gave her formula, which she immediately drank and happily fell asleep with a full belly. From this formula feeding, I felt both relief and horrible disappointment in myself as a mother and a woman. Still hoping to breast feed, I tried it all. I "power pumped", I took herbs, and even thought about taking a drug called Reglan.

After reading that they were unsure about the safety of using Reglan while breastfeeding, I decided to not use it. (I didn't think giving her breast milk that might contain a drug for which we are not sure could harm her, was worth the risk.)

I took one more last-ditch effort with the support of a lactation consultant to skip the formula for a full 24 hours, and just "trust" that my breasts were fulfilling their duty and my baby was getting what she needed. I started at 4pm and by 2am after not a single wet diaper, I made her a formula bottle.

When I explained the situation to the consultant, she thought I did the right thing since there should have been wet diapers. I was also told by her that this lack of milk was "not normal". It was a painful verbal confirmation for me from someone else that only made made even sadder.

I was surrounded by supportive family and friends, but I echo Stacey's feelings exactly. My heart was so set on breastfeeding her, yet this is something that women take for granted, not realizing that for some of us, no matter how hard we try, this "natural" act is not possible. It's a very lonely experience.

Now that my daughter is 10 months old, I plan on researching next steps on how I can perhaps increase my chances of breastfeeding with my next child.

I asked my ob/gyn about seeing an endocrinologist to perhaps investigate a cause (I have no history of surgery, trauma, my thyroid levels are normal, etc.)and they told me there was no point until I was pregnant again. I am not sure I am taking that as a final answer and plan on looking into the matter further with medical professionals.

You are not alone, ladies.

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Breastfeeding problems; Low milk supply

by Adah
(New Zealand)

Hi moms,

Today, I'm going to share my story regarding breastfeeding problems.

Let me introduce you to my family status first.

I'm a mom of two kids (girl 4 years old and a boy 1 year still breastfeeding).

During first time, there was no problem in my milk supply and my daughter was breastfed whole two years.

I don't know what happened the 2nd time. It normally does not happen that you breastfed the first child without any problem, but for 2nd baby there was a low milk supply.

My boy used to cry all the time. I tried to switch on feeder but in vain. My boy was not ready to take feeder and continued crying, moreover, he was losing weight day by day.

I changed the formulas, got advice from my pediatrician but no results.

The tension was growing and I was getting frustrated and was in deep concern due to my child's health.

One day a friend suggested me to check a new product that is totally herbalic with no preservatives, it was Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea (yes tea, not a prescribed medicine).

Being disappointed by many many products, I was not sure about this tea but my friend insisted me to give a try.

She said that if it's not going to solve the issue, it will not do any harm, being a natural product.

I decided to give a try and ordered one pack for me.

Wow! It was great, I used this tea just two days and milk started flowing more than with my first child. I continued the formula and it was getting better and better.

Soon the tea was finished, but my child was now getting a full supply of milk and was gaining weight.

I immediately ordered more tea for me and still I am taking this tea with a continuous flow of enough milk that my boy has a full tummy.

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Low milk supply

Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts...I felt so alone in this problem and it puts me a little at ease knowing there are others out there.

I wasn't able to breastfeed my first child, and after that experience, didn't think I would feel so strongly about trying again with the second.

It amazes me at how hard it has been the second time around as well. I have tried everything, herbs, pumping, oatmeal at every meal, special milk producing cookies (lol), ect. The lactation group at the hospital has been absolutely wonderful this time around and have provided me so much literature (Living with Chronic Low Milk Supply, A Basic Guide, by Angie Cannon, D.M.A http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-lms.aspx).

I finally understand why I probably do not produce milk, although funny how that doesn't seem to help the emotional pull I feel. There is a stigma put out in the world, even one nurse looked at me saying "what do you mean you don't have any milk?"

It is possible that a mother does not produce milk, and I think there needs to be more awareness regarding this issue. I have decided I can't attempt any longer...spending quality time with both my girls is really the most important part of the day, and making sure they are both happy and healthy is what parenting is all about.

It is definitely something that is hard to let go of, but in the end it will be better for the family as a whole. It has been great to hear from all you wonderful MOMs...keep doing what we do best - LOVE!

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Can, But Not Enough

I have exclusively breast fed my baby for 6 months.

My supply has not kept up with her, however, and I've used almost all my emergency frozen milk to supplement her.

I have tried it all, everything. Pumping more, nursing more, eating more, eating oatmeal, drinking more, taking herbs, new bras, no bras, no exercise. I even called the dr who told me to call the lactation nurse, whom I'd already spoken to 5-6 times.

I rented a hospital pump from her anyway. NOTHING has made my supply increase to keep up with my daughter.

I can make milk but it's roughly 2/3 of what she demands during the day. Even when I'm nursing, not pumping, she will cry wanting more.

I've had the panic of dry overnight diapers and FTT pediatrician appointments. I have been so so torn up about giving her formula. This weekend after nursing her 3 times in less than 3 hours I went and fixed her a bottle. And then another one. She drank 8 ounces and didn't utter another cry the rest of the evening. I pump 4-5 times and only get about 8-10 oz in a whole day at work.

My heart soared and broke at the same time. Finally, my little baby wasn't upset and hungry but I was so sad that I couldn't provide that comfort to her.

Plus I had kept her hungry for so long trying to do what all these experts say anyone can do. "You just have to try harder. Nurse, nurse, nurse. And relax." ??? Suggestions to nurse do not help when a) I'm already doing that and b) she's not getting anything when she nurses.

Sometimes she's so upset from being hungry she won't even try to latch and just screams. I am still upset about supplementing but I will be truely supplementing, not substituting. I'm going to have to find some peace in that.

I plan to still pump and nurse as much as always but give her formula also while I'm at work. It is not what I wanted but I have learned that sometimes happens in motherhood. My pregnancy wasn't what I wanted but I didn't miscarry. My delivery wasn't what I wanted but I had a healthy baby. And I plan on keeping her that way by whatever means necessary.

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I Know How You Feel
by: Michelle MOLESWORTH

Hi

I totally understand how you feel. People telling you supply = demand is not helpful when it is not true in your (and my) case!

I gave birth in May 2011 and always planned to breastfeed. 3 days after giving birth, I was breastfeeding at home and the pain became excruciating. I rang the hospital were I gave birth asking if I could come in and get some advice on attachment but they were hopeless saying they were busy with their own patients and go somewhere else.

It was late at night and nothing was open so I ended up at their emergency dept. They admitted my son and put him on formula. I was so devastated. I went home in the early hours of the morning without my son and couldn't stop crying.

I went back later that morning to pick him up and they were giving me instructions on giving formula. This isn't what I wanted! So I went home and just tried to breastfeed.

I saw a lactation consultant who said just breastfeed & don;'t give formula. But my son started losing weight. Interestingly, before I went to hospital my milk was just starting to come in. So I wonder if getting so upset shut down my milk supply?

I bought an SNS and breastfed, while topping up with formula through the SNS for three months. But it was not enjoyable. Other mothers in our mothers group were enjoying exclusive breastfeeding, while I needed to tape the SNS tube to my nipple to supplement... I felt like an abnormal person who needed a prosthetic boob to breastfeed when so many experts tell me supply = demand and I should be able to do it.

Like you, I tried everything, I expressed between feeds-7-8 times day and night and would get 5 to 6/1/2 oz in 24 hours. I ate oatmeal, took herbs, spent lots of money on specialists and breastfed using the SNS to keep my breasts stimulated.

Nothing worked. So after 12 long weeks, I changed to bottle feeding. I found this website very helpful as most say that supply = demand and that made me feel more alone as that was not the case for me!

On this website, other women have posted their similar stories and while I am still emotionally traumatized by not being able to breastfeed like I had dreamed, I now know I did the best I could.

So I hope my story helps you not feel alienated and alone. I am now trying for baby no 2 and have a long plan on tips for successful breastfeeding.

Too much to list here! So feel free to email me (shellster_7&@hotmail.com) if you or anyone else would like someone to talk to or if I can offer you any other tips I have learned in my research on low milk supply.

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What's the proper way to breastfeed? How do I make enough for storage?

by Megan
(Texa)

Hi,

I've read in so many pamphlets and Internet sites that say different things about breastfeeding.

I just want to get it correct though, do I only feed off of one breast at each feeding? I've been breastfeeding basically one and a half because I was told to offer the other breast at each feeding, which doesn't completely empty the 2nd. I am also having a problem with a baby that never seems satisfied. She can eat again within 30 minutes to an hour after a full feeding. My breasts and energy are drained! I've already had a meltdown from exhaustion.

Also I'd like to create a storage supply for my husband to be able to feed, so I can get some things done or sleep! How can I make extra milk? Like I said, she feeds so frequently I never have extra, only a shortage.

Please help,
Megan

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by: Tracy

Hi

Okay, yes, I can see how that can get a little confusing.

Because you want to increase your supply, I think its best to continue what you are doing...but then pump that breast that is "half full". When you "empty" your breasts, it signals your body to make more milk. So the emptier your breasts are, the more milk you will produce. You can start pumping in between breastfeeding sessions too.

I struggled with a low supply when I breastfed my little girl, things that helped me:

- Herbal tea (mixture of equal parts fenugreek seeds, alfalfa, anise, blessed thistle and fennel) Boil two tablespoons of this mixture in a litre of water. Strain and drink warm with raw honey and lemon juice for taste. You can drink three to four cups of this daily.

- Nori (Seaweed) If you enjoy sushi or seaweed dishes, seaweed will boost your milk supply very quickly.

- Domperidone. Its a safe medication to take to increase supply, but it does take a while to start working. Once it starts working, your milk supply might double or triple. It is expensive though.

Those are the things that helped me the most.

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produce enough milk

This information is life saving!!! I am going to try this tea, I hope to produce enough milk for my baby!!! :)

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getting enough milk

by Shakel Pitts
(Pine Bluff, AR USA)

I've been concerned about my son getting enough milk.

I was doing both bottle and breast feeding him. But after my son turn five months old. He started refusing my breast.

I've been pumping exclusively since he doesn't want my breast I'm only producing 2 and sometimes 3 ounces of milk, every 2 to 3 hours.

I've been producing this about since he was 2 months old. When I go a long time without pumping different hours of the early morning. Then I might get 5 to 6 onces more or less.

Other than that I only produce 2 to 3 ouces of milk. I had got sick on April 27, 2012 with a touch of the flu. Then I was only getting 1 ounce or a ounce in a half. Then sometimes two ounces.

I was getting way more breast milk before started working in March 2012. But I try drinking more water and liquids, but sometimes it doesn't helps a lot. Then sometimes more water and liquid intake do helps.

When my son have growth spurts I have to get the frozen milk out of the freezer to make up the differences. I need help to produce more milk for my son.

He's 6 months old now. I tried the mothers milk tea, it helped some. What can I do? I even had thoughts of giving up breast feeding, but my heart will not let me.

Then being determine to do exclusive breastfeeding since I found out that I was pregnant. Because I had to stop breast feeding with my second child due to dysphgia.

I had her at 27 weeks gestation and she couldn't tolerate any thin liquids. I was heart broken that the doctors had to take her off my breast milk. when she got out of Arkansas Children Hospital.

I pump 520 bottles of breast milk not including the ones the hospital use while she was in the hospital. I made my mind up then if I had any more babies, that I wanted to straight breast feed. I didn't want my son to have formula at all. But my breast milk didn't come in until he was 8 days old.

I was a few drops of breast milk before it just came in at 8 days old. I never breast feed this long. It's been six months now. I feel like I'm not producing enough breast milk for him, especially when he goes through them growth spurts.

I need help! What can I do different? I thought about trying the Nursing Blend pills, but my husband told me I shouldn't because it's on line.

I don't know I have to do something. Because Samuel will not take formula. He know the differences in formula and breast milk. When I last gave him one ounce of formula with three ounces of breast milk, he was 2 months old.

It took him two feeding to just drink four ounces. When in two feeding he was drinking 8 ounces. This was January 2012 the last time he had formula. Breast milk and formula smells different and looks different. I can tell the different from a formula bottle and a breast milk bottle.

I'm sorry but I need help in what to do for him. I'm starting to run out of options. But still trying to breast feed exclusively because I also think of my son and what best for him.

The evenflo bottles states that breast feed very best. Even the enfamil formula can say the same on the back of the can. It's says expert agree that breast feeding is the very best. Then Gerber formula and many others formula companys try to design their products to breast milk.

I know in my heart, by breast feeding exclusively is the very best for my son. And I need to be able to provide this special mothers milk to him. Then my son is less sicker compared to our two older children, when they were babies on formula. I just need another option in what to do?

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increasing supply
by: Tracy

Hi Shakel

Have you thought of starting to introduce solid foods into baby's diet yet?

Here is info on a tea that I make that helps me a lot with my breast milk supply...

Breastfeeding tea for increasing milk supply


Hope this helps

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No Milk Large Breasts

by nikki
(England)

I'm 20 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy and iv never been able to breast feed.

I just don't have any milk not a drop. My nan could never feed either. My mum could.

My first baby the nurse said some mums just don't get milk and was nice about it. My 2nd baby when i was on the ward after the birth, a nurse asked why i was bottle feeding i told her i have no milk and she gave me a look and said iv never heard if that.

She made me feel like i was being lazy and didn't want to breast feed. It really did upset me. That was 16 yrs ago so when i found out i was pregnant again i was glad if the internet and looked for help and reasons , but there just isn't anything out there about this subject and i feel very alone.

Most sites the women have low milk supply. But i don't have any at all. There is nothing out there to reassure me or give me a reason why i never produce milk. None at all not even a tiny dribble iv got large breasts that stay large with pregnancy but get no signs or symptoms of milk.

It really is upsetting me that.feel alone on this. It seems this baby will be on formula milk too. Even though my girls are both fine healthy young women now id live to breast feed this one .

I just cant so got my bottles and will get formula and just hope i get a good nurse with a bit of sympathy for fact i have no milk. I'm not going to be looked at as a can't be bothered mother. I just wish i knew why so i could educate the ones who don't believe i cant produce even a drop .

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No milk
by: Lyssa

There are several medical conditions that can cause low or no milk production, including malformation of the ducts (unlikely if you say you have large breasts), PCOS (which throws off your hormones so crucial to milk supply), and a thyroid imbalance (again, crucial in the production of the hormones needed for milk production)as the most common.

When baby is first born, a mother bakes a "first milk", a thick, yellowy substance called colostrum. This first milk is full of antibodies to help build baby's immune system and high in calories. Baby's tummy is tiny and, about the size of a marble when first born, and needs only a few spoonfuls of this colostrum in the first day or so of life.

Breastfeeding should start within the first hour after the birth when the baby is most alert. Feeding frequently (every hour or two) the first few days helps stimulate milk production. The more frequently one nurses, the faster the milk will usually come in. Milk normally comes in between days three and seven after birth.

If baby has a bad latch, a tongue tie, a lip tie, or poor suck, this can make it difficult for the baby to effectively get milk from the breast. Contacting a lactation consultant in your area should help you the first few days to rule out more obvious problems and help you discover how to be successful this time around.

Less than 3% of woman who are properly educated and have support cannot breastfeed. It is likely that you will have great success with breastfeeding this baby, although theoretically possible you may not be able to produce milk.

If you do need to supplement or exclusively use formula, it by no means makes you a bad mommy. You are clearly trying to do what is best for your baby, and sometimes that isn't always possible to be breastmilk. If you would like to use breastimlk even if you are unable to produce, you can look into obtaining donor breastmilk through a milk bank in your area, Eats on Feets, or Human Milk 4 Human Babies (both can be found on Facebook!)

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by: Anonymous

I also did not have my milk come in. Not colostrum, not anything... Despite efforts. There is no known reason why and such little support for this. Just people who go through the steps of what you should do and tell you its so rare that surely if you change a thing or two or try harder it will work. Well, it didn't and it stinks.

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Combination Feeding Low Milk Supply

by Christine

My first son had tongue tie when he was born and he became dehydrated at 3 days old and had to be put on a drip and in the special care nursery.

I had to use nipple shields with him but was able to breast feed him a little bit. I mixed fed him until 6 months old, but that whole time I was trying to constantly build up my milk supply, expressing after every feed and in between when i could. I thought my supply had never established because of the tongue tie and nipple shields.I was never able to exclusively breast feed.

My second son who is now 6 weeks old did not have tongue tie and i thought everything was going well with breast feeding until his 2 week weigh in and he had lost considerable amount of weight.

He lost more weight two days later when he was weighed again and i was gutted. I am again mix feeding him and have had a lactation consultant out who says he is attaching well, I was feeding him every two hours and supplemented with only a small amount of formula but I had to deal with a hungry baby all day and a toddler who wanted attention!

I am now feeding him mostly formula and breastfeeding him when he will attach. I am trying to come to term with the fact that i am just one of those people who cant breastfeed but it is difficult.

Yesterday i told my husband i would stop, and have all the support from him, yet today again i am pumping, thinking maybe just a few more days. It is hard when everyone says breastfeeding is natural yet you just cant do it.

My toddler is very happy and healthy so i know formula does not impact on them. Its good to see other people have the same problem and breastfeeding isn't possible for everyone.

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No milk at all 12 weeks now

I have been trying for 12 weeks and no milk supply at all ,tried everything this is my second baby the same happened with my first my baby lost more than 1 kg in weight since birth ,why does nature not work sometimes

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I am not producing much

by rachel
(San Jose, CA)

Thank you ladies for sharing your stories. I had a beautiful little boy 3 weeks ago and he loves to breastfeed.

The only problem is that I am not producing much:-( I have seen so many lactation specialists, taken many herbs, teas, pumped...to try to produce more and still no luck.

He will feed for an hour at the breast and then scream for more. So, I finally decided to go to formula and I feel really bad.

My husband being Brasilian and raised on a farm, is not helpful at all! He keeps saying, "if you don't want him to be healthy then stop breastfeeding." He really doesn't understand the emotions that go along with trying so hard to do something you always dreamed about doing and not being able to.

The lactation consultants are even worse. They keep encouraging me to at least give him little snacks to keep him healthy and develop his brain.

Ahhhh, everyone is making me feel so bad. Like my hormonal changes aren't enough stress. Nyways, I appreciate your posts. As I sit here crying, I know that there are other woman out there somewhere who understand.

Thank you!

Rachel

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by: Tara

Hi Rachel

I can relate to your problem. I had the same issue with my first son at about the same age. He seemed so hungry and I was sure I wasn't satisfying him. I was really keen to give formula but my midwife at the time said it was normal and that I should avoid formula until he was at least 6 weeks old. She told me that it was natural for the demand to come before the supply kicked in and that he wouldn't go hungry for too long as my body would eventually produce the correct amount (and balance of nutrients) required for his stage of growth. She was right and as each new stage arrived my milk supplies adjusted faster and faster until I didn't notice it anymore.

I think the body remembers too, as when I had my second son 4 1/2 years later I found breastfeeding was so much easier and the changes were much more subtle.

Relax and keep offering what you can. If your baby will also feed from a bottle remind your hubby it's an excellent way for him to bond with his child.

Best of luck!

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Low Milk Supply Combination Feeding

by Neha
(India)

I am from India and its almost a sin here to give your baby formula for quite sometime.

I had planned on Breastfeeding my 5 month old son and was all set with The Breast Pump, Maternity Bras and pretty excited as well.

After i delivered, at the hospital we had to go to the Feeding room to fed our babies. First 2 days i didnt get any milk. From the third day, i started getting very little milk and was very thrilled about it.

I would go to the Feeding room to feed my baby irrespective of Milk not coming because the doctors and nurses kept telling me that the more you feed the more milk you will get.

Some of the mothers in the room would over flow with milk. After feeding their babies, they would also have to express. I used to really get depressed. My baby was never full with only my milk.

Once we got back home,i had to give my baby formula along with breastfeeding. I used to feel really guilty. Here i had a friend who had delivered few months before me and would exclusively breast feed her baby.

Now my baby is 5 months old and healthy. I love everything about him, But till date i feel bad for not being able to feed him :( I till date could not figure out the reason why i didn't get enough milk.

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milk is not coming out

by Buhle Miya
(Durban South Africa)


First time mother, and milk is not coming out, what should I do next?

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by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Buhle

Mature breast milk only "comes in" at about day 3 or day 5 only, if you have had a c-section.

The milk that is produced the first few days before this is called colostrum and it is a clear or slightly yellow liquid. You will only produce small amounts of this, these small amounts are enough for baby.

Please do not supplement with formula in the first few days after birth, this will reduce your milk supply...you need to have baby at your breast for as often as possible to produce an adequate amount of breast milk.

Please don't hesitate to ask any more questions...let me know how it goes.

Good luck!


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I'm so frustrated and need advice - Domperidone

by Dena
(Ontario canada)

Hi,
My baby is now 7 weeks old, from the get go I have suffered from a low supply.

My story:
My baby was born at 40 weeks and 4 days, I had a 21 hour natural birth with no epidural.

I tested positive for gbs, so I had two rounds of antibiotics during my labor along with IV fluids.

My beautiful baby girl was born weighing 8lbs, 15oz. After her birth, I initially wanted skin to skin contact and let her find her way to the nipple to feed.

Instead my nurse forced her onto my nipple for close to 1 hour( with only 15 min of skin to skin), finally getting her to latch with a nipple shield.

I was too exhausted to tell the nurse what I wanted, which I am still regretting!

I only used the nipple shield during our stay at the hospital, it actually made feeding more painful for me.

During our first week, I was feeding what I thought was every two hours, but I was counting the timing wrong so it ended up being every three hours.

If my daughter was hungry between, of course I would feed her. During the nights, she would cry for hours on end, even though I was putting her to my breast every hour.

By her two week doctors appointment she had lost almost 2 pounds, I was told to start supplementing 3 oz of formula at every feeding.

That same day I was able to meet with a lactation consultant, she suggested I use a lactation aid to supplement the formula rather than a bottle.

At every feeding, I put my daughter to each breast, when she seems to show me she is no longer interested, I add the lactation aid to top up her feeding.

When my daughter was 2 weeks old I started pumping after every feeding using a hospital grade medela pump, and was pumping half an oz between both breasts.

know pumping is not an indication of how much milk is being produced, but it was so frustrating.

I immediately started taking blessed thistle and fenugreek. When I would go to my weekly lactation appointments, my daughter was doubling her amounts received from me.

She eventually got up to 1.5oz. I continued pumping, taking the herbs and drinking milk made tea, but my supply didn't seem to increase after that.

I also have Vasospasm. I started eating red meat again, thinking maybe that may help.

I've added alfalfa to my list of things along with oatmeal cookies. With the alfalfa I noticed I was able to double what I was pumping, and for the first time I experienced leaking.

I ended up going to the jack newman breastfeeding clinic at 5weeks, where it was discovered my daughter had a posterior tongue tie.

The day I had her tongue tie clipped, she wasn't able to hold onto my breast and draw out milk, so my husband and I used a syringe to feed her.

That next morning I was able to pump 6 oz, I guess because she has not removed milk from me for almost 1 day.

During her first week, she had a bad latch, which left me with bleeding, cracked nipples. I also experienced it again after her tongue tie was snipped.

Since then, I took a one week break and have returned just returned to pumping, pill popping, oatmeal and tea.

I just introduced power pumping to my routine.
I keep thinking it's got to increase with all that I'm doing, but I don't know if that is possible at this point.

A recap of everything I'm doing: feeding on demand, but no long than 3.5 during the day and 1 5 hr stretch at night.

Pumping after every feeding, I skip one at night time. 1 power pump each day (today is day two) Im still using the lactation aid. I'm taking blessed thistle, fenugreek and alfalfa. I'm eating oatmeal everyday, I'm drinking milk made tea daily. I do breast compressions while feeding and pumping.

I guess I am writing this because I am so frustrated!

I just don't understand why my supply is so low.

I am a healthy person, with no health issues, I only eat real food, along with the occasional Harvey's burger.

I've been an emotional wreck about the entire thing, I'm finding it really hard to accept I'm not able to provide the basic necessity of life.

One day I'm great and the next day I'm trying to figure out what went wrong and picking apart everything that has happened in the last 7 weeks.

My friends and family keep telling me to give up and give in to formula. There is nothing wrong with formula, but, I do not believe it compares to breast milk, and the formula I'm giving her is organic and from Germany, but still no comparison.

I received a prescription for domperidone, but I am so reluctant to take it.

I believe natural is the best way to go with all things in life and I'm worried that one day there will be a new study stating of a new side affect it could potentially have on my daughter or myself and I would never forgive myself.

I guess I was looking to rant to those who understand how hard it is and also for advice.

Any other suggestions on things I can try?

Taking the domperidone is my last resort, In taking the domperidone, how long did it take to work? Did you experience side effects?

Were you able to take it for a short time and then get off and have your supply remain the same?
Thanks so much!!!

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Hi Dena

What a great mommy you are! You have gone through so much, and have stuck in there to give your baby the best!

Before I write about anything else let me tell you about my experience with Domperidone. I was also worried like you, that it would have a negative effect on us. I understand your concerns. I do believe that it is a better option than giving your baby formula. Thats just my opinion. In my case the Domperidone took two weeks to work, once it did my milk supply more than tripled, it was wonderful! I even had extra milk for storage! Unfortunately the stuff it expensive here and you need a prescription here in South Africa. As soon as I stopped taking it, my milk supply dropped again. Even if I had the money, I would not take it for longer than two months...just because it is medication.

Other things that have helped me are seaweed. If you like Sushi, its a wonderful way to increase your supply. If you can get hold of coconut water, its great too.

You know, any amount of breast milk is precious, so just keep giving as much as you can. I did that for two years. I could only exclusively breastfeed for about 2 months, the rest of the time I had to supplement. If you can, its best to find a reliable source for donor breast milk...this you could continue to use in the SNS.

I can really relate to how you feel, about being healthy, but not having enough milk. Its very frustrating, but don't feel alone, there are many women struggling with this exact issue.

Hang in there, you are doing great! ;-)

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How I increased my low milk supply
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Hi,
I am Jenny and mom of two beautiful kids. I had a c-section during my 2nd time and was on medications due to infection, so my milk supply was low since the start. I exclusively breastfed my old baby girl and was going to do the same for my little one.
I was pumping less than 3 oz per pump and it was not sufficient for my boy.
He was not getting enough breast milk that was bothering me. I tried to put him on feeder, but he was not going to get it.
Finally, I managed to boost my low milk supply. A natural tea formula healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea was not only good in taste but also increased my milk production up to 7oz per pump.
I'll suggest all those moms who are having hardtime with low milk supply to drink this tea and get their milk production more than before.

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I notice instant results with Mother's Milk Tea

I haven't really struggled with supply at this point (have been breastfeeding daughter for 4 months), but when I do drink Mother's Milk Tea (The Traditional Medicinals brand) I become engorged within just a couple hours.

This tea works great for me and I highly recommend it to women struggling with supply, or those who are worried about early weaning due to diminishing supply.

But do be careful, because I can attest that oversupply is a big problem as well!

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Supply
by: Maria

I've always thought that the supply is regulated by the baby... And by BF specialist has told me so. As for the oersupply - that sounds even more fantastic. Looks more like magic to me. I've read, that the supply after six months of breastfeeding is regulated right at the moment as you apply the baby to the breast. http://motherhow.com/breastfeeding-dont-believe-in-rumors/%20It's not that don't believe, I'm just curious...

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run out of milk

by Ashley
(Utah)

I think it would be helpful for me to set up an online support group for this issue. I had a difficult time starting off with my first but was able to persevere and make it through to a year.

With my second, I had a great time until almost four months when I ran out. Slowly the supply decreased. I tried everything, more water, herbal teas, lettuce, relax more, eat chicken (I was trying to eat vegetarian at the time), no turkey, nothing worked long-term, so I had to supplement or else I would have a hungry baby and no sleep, dreading the next morning when I had to wake up and be there for my husband and my older child.

I was so blessed to have so much support. My mother praised me for trying so hard for so long when I was having so many problems, and my husband and friends reminded me that the most important purpose of breastfeeding was to nourish my baby, and if my breasts weren't doing their job, then I needed to do my job as a Mommy and feed her formula.

I had a mother of five and a mother of six tell me they had run out of milk before a year for every child! Every one!

I couldn't believe how common this problem was and the well-meaning professionals we turn to for assistance seem to know nothing about it!

So yes, if you're one of those surrounded by people who never had a problem breastfeeding and need some support, comment if you'd like to see a group created and I'll see what I can do.

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Inducing milk production for husband

I am on my second day of inducing doing what you have said to do here. My question is, in order to keep a full supply at all times, do you have to pump every 2 hours? like is the every two hour thing just to get started or is that an all the time thing? I am not doing this for a baby I am doing this for me and my husband. He works out of town and is home maybe a day out of the week so pumping would be my main way to get the milk out.

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decrease in supply

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My son is 7 1/2 months and I am having a decrease in supply because I started baby food and he eats less.

Not getting even 1/2 an ounce when pump?/ why? Also I have starred my cycle again I think?? Is this normal? I did not have one at all when breastfeeding my 1st child..Thanks

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by: Tracy

Hi

Its normal for you to have a decrease in supply when starting solids, and when you start your period. So a combination of both will definitely make a difference.

Your supply might decrease every month during "that time" of the month. And yes, it is normal for your period to return, especially when your baby starts eating solids and drinking less from you. Some mothers do enjoy a "period free" breastfeeding experience, others do not. It all depends on your hormone levels at the time. You might notice that you skip a few periods when breastfeeding frequency increases.

I would suggest that you try some herbs to increase supply, but first check with your doctor.

Here is a link to the herbal tea that I use to make...
My tea recipe


Also, you can never really calculate how much milk you are producing by looking at the amount of milk expressed with a breast pump, a baby always removes more milk from the breast than a breast pump. So, the amount of milk that your baby is receiving might already be sufficient in combination with the solids received.

In my opinion extra milk is always nice. I liked to keep an extra stash ;-)

Here are some links that would be a good read for you...


Is my baby drinking enough


Starting solids


Periods and breastfeeding


Birth control and breastfeeding

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I never was able to get my milk in - need help

Hey I've got a baby that's 4 months old on the 16 th! She nursed fine for the first24 hours, but because she was 6 weeks early the nurse decided that we should give her a bottle!

Instantly she went from nursing 15 minutes a side to 3-4 minutes, thus I never was able to get my milk in! Is there any hope?

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by: Tracy

Hi!

The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk you will produce. If you start to slowly replace bottle feeds with breast feeds, your body will start producing more milk.

You could try to breastfeed baby before you offer the bottle, you could breastfeed with a SNS. "Supplementary nursing system"

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/supplemental-nursing-system.html

You can pump in between feeding to increase supply and I will list a few helpful pages for increasing milk supply...

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/increase-milk-supply.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/low-milk-supply.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breast-massage.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/galactagogues.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/mothers-milk-tea.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/oatmeal-for-breast-milk.html

//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-tea-for-increasing-milk-supply.html

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by: Tracy

I've posted this on facebook for more response...

https://www.facebook.com/bfproblemsformom/posts/331294227021853

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Breastfeeding and supplementing

it is so much easier to run straight to the formula than to breastfeed. With the bottle I can see how much my baby is consuming.

I feel at times that he is not getting enough breast milk well I now know that I am not breastfeeding frequently.

I should stop supplementing and see what happens. The reason why I run and get a bottle is because ever since he turned 2 months and close to 3 months he doesn't seem to be interested in breastfeeding when I put him on the breast he drinks a bit and places his fist in his mouth and pushes the breast away and begins to cry.

What works is to breastfeed him while walking and as soon as I sit he starts crying. I don't know if he is teething...

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Giving baby a bottle
by: Tracy

Hi
I think the problem with your baby is that he has discovered that breastfeeding is so much more effort than drinking out of the bottle. It's called nipple confusion.

A bottle allows milk to flow easier and your baby doesn't need to use all the same muscles, nor to the extent in which he would need them during breastfeeding.

I would suggest that you stop giving baby the formula completely if you can. There are so many advantages to exclusive breastfeeding, not to mention all the great benefits of breastfeeding for you as a woman.

The reason your baby stays on the breast while you are moving is because it is comforting to him. Try to make your breastfeeding times special and maybe start to see those special times as bonding time with your baby, I know it can get tiresome at times, but its so worth it in the end.

Here are some tips on how to know if your baby is getting in enough breast milk...

Is my baby getting enough milk

Hope this helps

Kind regards
Tracy

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improve supply without direct latching

by Breast feeding problem

My baby is 20 days old. As he had jaundice since day 4, he has been on fm and bm. Now his jaundice is better and i would like to bf him exclusively but my supply is not enough for him now.

He fusses when i direct latch him and after suckling a while he starts to cry and tries again. Any way to improve supply without direct latching?

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by: Tracy

Hi

Here is a page with a few links that will help...

Low milk supply

Using a lactation aid "SNS"

Breast massage

Breast compressions

Fenugreek and breastfeeding

Is my baby getting enough milk?

Mother's milk tea

Galactagogues

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So thankful I discovered mothers milk tea

by Sarah
(Dayton, OH)

My first 2 babies my supply dried up between 4-6 months. #3 I used this tea and he fought weaning at 14 months. # 4 is 5 months I drink the tea 4-5x per week and she's still got plenty. So thankful I discovered mothers milk tea!!

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not getting enough milk

by Tina
(India)


I have a 2 1/2 month old girl baby. I had a C section and unable to breastfeed. Now my child is using bottle feed and now not drinking that too. Actually i would like to breastfeed my baby but not getting enough milk.

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I feel that I have to supplement. - Small breasts

by Josie - Worried mommy
(Alexandria va)

My baby is a month and 2 weeks.

When I pump I'm only able to make almost 2 ounces.

She tugs and pulls when she nurses. I'm only maybe a cup B, I have very small breast.

I feel that I have to supplement.

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Breast size and pumping
by: Tracy

Hi Josie

Pumping output is not an indication of how much milk you are producing. A baby is able to remove milk much more efficiently than a breast pump. There are mothers who have ample milk, but who cannot remove milk from their breasts with a breast pump.

If you are concerned and wondering if your baby is drinking enough milk you can read this page...

Is my baby drinking enough?

Breast size also has nothing to do with the amount of breast milk that you are able to produce, unless you have hypoplastic breasts (tubular breasts).

Here are two pages to read...


Breast size and breastfeeding

Hypoplastic breasts and breastfeeding


Your little girl may be fussy at the breast for many other reasons...these are discussed here (including low milk supply)

Why is my baby fussy at the breast?


It would be a good idea to see a lactation consultant.

Hope this helps, keep me posted

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should I just give up - no milk

by charis
(west helena Ar)

My baby is almost two weeks and I'm breast an bottel feeding I pump an nothingcomes out should I just give up this is baby six

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by: Tracy

Please don't give up, any amount of breast milk, no matter how small, is important. Thats why they call it "liquid gold"

Not to mention the emotional benefits for you and baby.

Did you breastfeed your other children?


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Breast milk decreasing! help!

by yeimi
(Tx)

I had trouble breastfeeding in the beginning when my 2 month old was born.

I managed to pump up to 4 Oz the most. All of a sudden It cut down to 2 Oz because I was not eating much. I've been trying to increase my supply, but the most I pump is 2 oz.

I tried fenugreek and mothers milk. Now I'm working and my supply cut down to 1 oz! It's so hard to pump at times because we are so busy at work.

I want to increase my supply again baby has been drinking formula because I'm only producing 1 oz and he drinks 4 oz he does not get full!

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by: Tracy

Hi Yeimi

The best way to increase your supply, is to give baby more time at the breast.

Are you still not eating much? A breastfeeding mother has increased nutrition demands, you need to eat an extra 250 calories daily. You should also try to drink plenty of fluids during the day.

If you are worried about picking up weight, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and less meat and processed foods.

Try to decrease stress levels and get at least 8 hours of sleep daily.

A few other things you could try to increase supply.

* Coconut water.
* Oatmeal.
* Seaweed and/or sushi (Seaweed covering the sushi, is what increased supply).
* Domperidone. Domperidone is safe, but expensive and sometimes stops working, when you stop taking it. It may also take two to three works to see results.

Hope this helps.

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Yes I am eating now and drinking lots of fluids. After work I put him as much as I can but with my 2 year old running around sometimes it's hard. I will try all of that and see if it works Thanks! :)

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Breastfeeding problem
by: sehrish

I had the same breastfeeding problem about 3 weeks ago I had the low supply of breast milk and my baby wasn't latched properly and cried every time.

It was frustrating for me too much. Then my sister advised me to use Healthy Nursing Tea by secrets of tea.

I used it and had success. Its taste is very delicious. Its healthy for me and my baby too.

I am still using it because it increases the quantity and quality of breast milk. I am satisfied.

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milk not out yet

by matt
(saipan, cnmi)

hi our baby was born yesterday and my wifes breast hasnt been able to produce milk. baby has been sucking on nipple almost everytime baby gets hungry. when baby gets really hungry we give him a bottled infamil for new borns.

we want baby to be breast fed but milk hasnt come out yet. we are getting worried about her breast not giving milk. the doctor said its natural for a few days for breast to not produce milk when baby is born. we panicked and bought some formula milk but still hoping for breast feeding in the future. advice please.

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mature milk
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

A mothers mature milk only comes in at about day 3, but if your partner had a c-section, it can take up to 5 days for the milk to "come in"

The colostrum that is produced before this time is enough for baby.

Moms should not give babies formula, as this takes away from the time that a baby would have spent at the breast.

Breast milk is produced on a supply demand basis, so in other words, the less time baby spends at the breast and the less milk removed from the breast, the less milk mom's breasts will produce.

Its really disheartening, the lack of information given to mommies in the hospital. ;-(

I hope by now, your partner did not give up on breastfeeding, I'm so sorry that I did not see your message sooner (the holiday season has been busy)

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drugs I can take to stimulate production

by Nana
(Ghana)

I am soo grateful I found this site. Do u have an interactive function.? I gave birth one week and no milk really just drops. It came a whole lot one night xnx then dried up. Do u know of any drugs I can take to stimulate production

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Low milk supply and meds
by: Tracy

Hi Nana

I have tried two things that help loads...

the one is Fenugreek, but it works best in its natural form. Boil it on the stove and strain...then either drink it cold or hot.

The other is Domperidone (it is safe while breastfeeding), in some countries you need this medication prescribed. (its a nausea medication)It takes a while to work (about two weeks) but this worked the best for me.

Read more on Fenugreek and milk production

Read more on Domperidone

Read more on low milk supply

Read more on herbs and breastfeeding

Read more on lactogenic foods

Read more on galactagogues


A combination of these will work best.

Hope this helps

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Breast has dried up

by Iyeke Rufina

I just had a baby last three weeks and the first one week my breast was supplying milk but now my breast has dry up and the painful part is that my right hand breast has really reduce in size.

Pls what can I do to increase the breast back and how can I increase my breast milk supply since my breast has dry up.

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milk just stopped

by bellasmom

I just got my menstrual cycle for the first time since birth of my 4 month old daughter. I exclusively breastfeed and my milk just stopped out of nowhere what do I do????

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Will My Supply Ever Return

So My Son Will Be 6 Months On The 17th And I've Noticed A Huge Decrease In My Breast Milk Supply!! I Use To Know W/O A Doubt He Would Be Full And It Was No Worries! But I've Noticed Since My Cycle Returned Last Month My Supply Is What I Would Say Not As Much!

I Say This Because I Can Pump And Only Get Not Even An Ounce Out My Right Boob And MAYBE An Ounce Out My Left! But When I Put Him Directly On The Breast He Can Stay On For Sooo Long That Was Not The Case At First And Even With Him Being On So Long I've Noticed He Doesn't Have Many Wet Diapers If Any Unless I Supplement With Formula!

I've Been Drinking Mothers Milk Tea Taking Fenugreek Pills Doesn't Seem To Be Doing Much! Even Pumping Every 2-3 Hours!!!!!! I Guess My Question Is Will My Supply Ever Return To Be Able To Meet My Sons Needs Again Like It Once Did! Or Is It A Lost Cause!? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Sep 05, 2016
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by: Tracy

I know how frustrating it can get and I know how overwhelmed you must feel right now, but I would like to assure you that you are on the right track. Remember, any amount of breast milk is beneficial to your baby.

Before you decide to take anything for a low milk supply, please check our page about the signs of a "real" low supply. baby-getting-enough-breast-milk

You said your baby is 6 months, which means that you have probably started introducing solid foods too, this can also cause a decrease in your milk supply, due to the fact that there is less demand for milk. Pumping is not always a good indicator of how much milk you are producing, your baby is better at removing milk from the breasts.

If you have to supplement for now, Instead of giving him formula, is there a possibility that you could get hold of donor breast milk? Even small amounts of formula can cause havoc...read more here...gut-protection-through-breast-milk

Also your baby may be staying on the breast longer because he feels comforted by the breast, this might also be due to a growth spurt or due to being away from you for longer periods during the day. My daughter use to comfort feed all the time, it can get frustrating, but the longer you allow him on the breast, the more your body is signaled to produce milk. This will increase your supply, also...if you breastfeed during the night, it will boost your supply.

So about the wet diapers, please be sure to compare your baby with breastfed babies, not formula fed ones. Here is a page about the normal urine and stool output of breastfed babies: infant-stools

If you have read the signs of low supply and are certain now that you have a low milk supply...

About Fenugreek capsules. I struggled with a low milk supply too, I tried these and they had absolutely no effect. Raw Fenugreek seeds, boiled or sprouted work much better. I use to make my own breast milk boosting tea. Here is the recipe...breastfeeding-tea-for-increasing-milk-supply

Other things that helped me personally:

- Breast compression during feedings - breast-compression
- Lots and lots of skin to skin contact and comfort feeding.
- Oatmeal
- Seaweed - I ate nori, which is the seaweed sheets used when making sushi
- Domperidone - This is as a last resort. This is a safe medication to take while breastfeeding. This worked wonders but took three weeks to work, its also expensive and as soon as I stopped, the milk started to dwindle again. motilium-domperidone

Other pages that might help:

infant-growth-spurts

galactagogues
increase-milk-supply
how-to-increase-milk-supply


Your last question was will your supply ever return. Well, breast supply works on a simple formula. If you breastfeed more and the demand increases, your body will produce more milk. That's why I say it would be good to allow him to comfort feed as much as he likes for now.

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

Kind regards
Tracy

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breast milk decreased

by sara
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I have a problem, I need to help my baby for breast feeding, but my problem is that only for three days i can feed my baby, after three days the milk came less. I tried many docter but they told me i cant feed my baby, and now I'm pregnant again and i need a help

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Need more info
by: Tracy

Hi

Don't really know much about your specific situation. I need more details to help.

Why did your doctor say you cant breastfeed?
You said that your milk was less after three days, three days after baby's birth?
Did you give baby formula?

You can continue to breastfeed your baby right through your pregnancy. Read more on this here.

Also read a bit on...

First time breastfeeding
Common breastfeeding problems

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baby was loosing weight
by: Sara Abudhabi