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I am having a hard time increasing supply. my son feeds every 2-4 hrs and was feeding more often at one point but still there was no change. Does anyone have any advice on ways to increase supply? i am frustrated a little over it (have needed to supplement with formula which I did not want to do.
I went back to work this week and have been concerned about keeping my supply up. I've been pumping twice while at work. Several days before returning to work I started taking fenugreek (3 610mg capsules 3x a day), and I also made a batch of lactation cookies. I've also seen Mother's Milk tea in the store. But I don't like herbal tea and you have to drink 3-5 cups a day. Try searching through some of the posts over the last few weeks on our regular board. I know some of the other ladies have posted about what they are doing.
I think the most important thing to remember is that nursing is all about supply and demand. If you want to up your supply, you up the demand. Thus, if LO is not providing the demand necessary, than you need to pump more. Not the greatest idea, I know, but it truly does work. When I was feeling less than adequate on my milk supply, I would try a "pump it up" weekend. Basically, I would spend every spare second pumping, in an attempt to up that supply. It was a bummer way to spend a weekend, but it helped me.
Also, upping water intake does help for me too, but then I'm really bad about drinking water anyway.
The one thing that you DO NOT want to do is to supplement with formula if you can help it at all. Obviously, I don't know your particular situation bandrews, but every time you give baby a bottle of formula is a time that you could be putting them on your boob, and stimulating that natural milk demand. May I ask what makes you think that you are not producing enough? Is baby not having enough wet/poopy diapers - or underweight?
Maggie - Proud Mommy to Marlowe & Willamina
he had been losing weight then he just got to a point that he just wasnt gaining(took 3 weeks to get up to birth weight 7lb 15 started supplementing at 2 weeks & was 7lb 5) at a month he was already up to 8lb 9 .plus he wasnt having any dirty diapers & he was and still is always hungery when nursed, I can feed for over a hour(total for both sides ) and he will still be hungery
Well first off, I’m no lactation specialist. My only experience comes from the 15 months I nursed my first kiddo, and the 2 months that I’ve been at this one. But what I can tell you is that every baby is different. DD2 has been so much more difficult with BF in general, (as it turns out, there is a reason – she’s got a high palette, not to mention her stubborn disposition) and here I thought, “Well, I’ve done this once already – I’ve got it knocked!” before I had her. But the advantage to being a BTDT mommy (been there done that) is that even with a challenge – I know we can get through it. Which is not to say that it’s not a challenge – or that I don’t do my share of whining – just that my subconscious knows that “this too shall pass”. Eventually.
It can be tough for breastfed babies to come back up to birthweight some times. It’s also common in the first month for them to have several poopy diapers per day, but now (at 2 months) my doctor has said that even a BF baby can go multiple days without a bowel movement, and that’s perfectly normal.
So rather than assume that your supply is inadequate, consider that you may just be saddled with a baby that just likes to eat. A lot. My BFF has one of those – and she’s lucky enough to be a SAHM (stay at home mom), so she can feed him on demand, which is pretty much all the time. She also has had concerns about her supply, but her kid is gaining weight fine (seriously, his cheeks go for miles) – and it’s more about being a FTM (first time mom) and having those understandable feelings of inadequacy when it comes to being your child’s only source of food – then having her supply ACTUALLY be inadequate. And yes, she feels like a total milk cow, as anyone with a consistently hungry breastfeeding baby can attest to.
Do you have the option to talk with a lactation consultant? If you can’t hire one for a little input – then you may be able to call the hospital where you gave birth. I know I did that when I had issues with my 7 month old biting my breast, and even though it was 7 months after the fact, their lactation consultant was more than willing to help me out, and even called me back a week later to see how it was going.
Hope this helps, bandrews!
Maggie - Proud Mommy to Marlowe & Willamina