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Old 03-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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How can I have a better supply this time around?

I suck at bf that is all there is too it. I didn't bf my first two at all. Tried with my third and I couldn't produce anything. No doctor would take me seriously about not having enough milk. Just kept telling to eat good and drink a ton of milk. I tried fenugreek and it helped some but not enough. Eventually ds lost so much weight that I had to formula feed. I really want to bf this new one in Aug but I feel it is just going to turn out the same way. What can I do before baby is here to increase a milk supply???

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Old 03-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

Hmmm...first off, get new doctors. The red flag there was the, "drink more milk". You don't need milk to make milk. You need water, and lots of it. The other thing I'd suggest is seeing a lactation consultant early to check baby's latch.

There are more experienced moms on here that are going to give you better advice, just wanted to chime in with that one.

I struggled with supply last time too, and plan to start pumping in addition to breastfeeding in the very beginning when the milk is abundant. This is controversial because it can lead to an oversupply problem in some women, so it is a personal choice.
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

Find a LLL group and contact a "REAL" breastfeeding support person (not a doctor that claims they're breastfeeding friendly).

There are TONS of reasons for not producing enough milk and only a professional can help you assess why that is happening and how to remedy it.
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

Find a LLL group and contact a "REAL" breastfeeding support person (not a doctor that claims they're breastfeeding friendly).

There are TONS of reasons for not producing enough milk and only a professional can help you assess why that is happening and how to remedy it.
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

I struggled with both of mine. As above post said, lots of water, plus eating well helps. But for some of us, that's not enough. This time around, I struggled with DS being a huuuuge eater, milk blisters, terrible engorgement, etc. One of the keys is to BF at least every 2-3 hours in the first few weeks; it's the first few weeks that kind of sets up, or regulates, the rest of your supply. I had a pump for both too, and I did pump when needed in the first month or so -when I was too engorged for him to latch, or to make sure I was emptied out so my body would fill up again.

With DD, when I went back to work, I found an excellent supplenetation that did help me increase supply - More Milk Plus made by Motherlove.

This time around, I found a book called "Making More Milk" - www.makingmoremilk.com . The book is excellent, and starts with giving great physiological explanations of how we make milk, what 'normal' is, and all the different possible reasons for possible low milk, plus how to troubleshoot them. I highly recommend it :-)
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

Truly the biggest reason woman don't produce enough milk is not nursing frequently enough. This includes babies who take pacifiers, bottles (even EBM bottles), and otherwise don't stimulate mom's body enough to make enough milk.

Barring that, I agree with the others -- if you are nursing enough, get in touch with someone now to try and troubleshoot why it hasn't worked well for you in the past.

Excessive bleeding during delivery can cause mom to not produce enough milk. Advanced maternal age, same. PIH with a lot of swelling can interfere and delay lactogenesis II. Health issues like PCOS can cause mom to not have enough. There are physiological reasons to not produce enough milk, and a professional can help you look into this -- and the sooner the better so you know what to expect.

It is a myth that breastfeeding women need extra fluids. We generally advise women to drink to thirst.
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It is not necessary to force fluids; drinking to satisfy thirst is sufficient for most mothers to stay hydrated.... Unless you are severely dehydrated, drinking extra fluids (beyond thirst) is not beneficial, may cause discomfort, and does not increase milk supply. Nancy Mohrbacher’s Breastfeeding Made Simple (2010) notes, “Contrary to popular belief, drinking more fluids is not associated with greater milk production.” In Nutrition During Lactation, the IOM summarizes: “It is widely assumed that milk production requires a high fluid intake on the part of the mother, yet the evidence suggests that lactating women can tolerate a considerable amount of water restriction and that supplemental fluids have little effect on milk volume…under most conditions there appears to be no justification for emphasizing high fluid intake as a way to improve milk production.”
So if you are thirsty, drink, but that is not going to improve the milk supply.

And it's pretty similar to what we eat, it doesn't matter much.

If you don't have access or means to get in touch with a professional right now, I would suggest looking online to message boards where breastfeeding counselors are available to help you -- I believe La Leche League has such a board.
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Re: How can I have a better supply this time around?

I had been wondering the same for my next child. Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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I have PCOS. I have to be on Metformin for it. I also have to be on Reglan to make enough milk. While others may not like the med, it has helped me nurse for 12 months today. So there are presciptions that can help.
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