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Old 05-24-2012, 10:56 AM   #1
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My son had jaundice so he was very sleepy and not eating alot. He is now jaundice free wide awake and I am not producing enough to keep him full. Any ideas on how to increase my supply? He is 10days old. I have tried pumping every 2-3 hours for 15-20min even thru the night. I tried eating oatmeal and quinoa. I also took fenugreek. Nothing is helping Also when I pump I only have about 1.5 to 2 oz total from both sides.

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How do you know you're not producing enough to make him full?

If your baby is gaining weight and having 6 wet and 1 poopy diaper a day, they are getting enough. If that is your pumping output AFTER nursing your baby, you have plenty of milk.

Breastfed babies should be nursing a MINIMUM of 8-10 times a day. Nursing every hour is both good for your baby and your supply.
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He seems to be hungry all the time. I have breastfed 5 other children and always been able to pump 6 to 8 oz after feeding. Also his diapers are not soaking wet like my other children. Since his discharge from the hospital he has lost 8oz.
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Re: how to increase milk supply?

Is he satisfied at the breast? Are you supplementing? Diapers don't have to be soaking, just wet. Some women find that after having more children, their bodies have a better idea of what their babies needs and deal with less "over supply".

There is so much more to this.

Suggestions:
Find a good lactation consultant or LLL leader. There are LOTS of reasons for low milk supply, but finding out the root cause will fix the problem.

Possibilities:
Retained placenta
Poor stimulation in the beginning while being treated for jaundice
Tongue Tie
Upper Frenulum Tie
High palate
Poor or disorganized suck
Bad breast pump or breastpump parts
digestion issues
food sensitivities or allergies
galactacemia
PPD
hypothyroidism

Things to do while you find someone reputable to help:
-Breast compressions
-Encourage feedings at the breast
-Wake baby every hour and offer to nurse
-Spoon or syringe feeding of pumped milk after baby has tired at the breast
-Changing positioning
-No pacifiers or bottles, all sucking at the breast
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Re: how to increase milk supply?

I contacted a LLL Leader but she is not available until tuesday. I was hoping I could get some suggestions until then. I think it is a combination between Poor stimulation in the beginning while being treated for jaundice and a bad latch. His mouth is just so little. If I didnt breastfeed my other children and know how great it was I probably would just give up.
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mama. I've been there with the jaundice and feeding issues. Its really stresul
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This might be hard because of the other kids, but if possible I say lay in bed with baby all day with skin to skin contact and just nurse all.day.long! It's all about stimulating those chemicals and hormones!
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How do you know you're not producing enough to make him full?

If your baby is gaining weight and having 6 wet and 1 poopy diaper a day, they are getting enough. If that is your pumping output AFTER nursing your baby, you have plenty of milk.

Breastfed babies should be nursing a MINIMUM of 8-10 times a day. Nursing every hour is both good for your baby and your supply.
This!!

If you are pumping 1-2 ozs in addition to nursing him that is GREAT!
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Is he satisfied at the breast? Are you supplementing? Diapers don't have to be soaking, just wet. Some women find that after having more children, their bodies have a better idea of what their babies needs and deal with less "over supply".

There is so much more to this.

Suggestions:
Find a good lactation consultant or LLL leader. There are LOTS of reasons for low milk supply, but finding out the root cause will fix the problem.

Possibilities:
Retained placenta
Poor stimulation in the beginning while being treated for jaundice
Tongue Tie
Upper Frenulum Tie
High palate
Poor or disorganized suck
Bad breast pump or breastpump parts
digestion issues
food sensitivities or allergies
galactacemia
PPD
hypothyroidism

Things to do while you find someone reputable to help:
-Breast compressions
-Encourage feedings at the breast
-Wake baby every hour and offer to nurse
-Spoon or syringe feeding of pumped milk after baby has tired at the breast
-Changing positioning
-No pacifiers or bottles, all sucking at the breast
Great advice
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Re: how to increase milk supply?

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Is he satisfied at the breast? Are you supplementing? Diapers don't have to be soaking, just wet. Some women find that after having more children, their bodies have a better idea of what their babies needs and deal with less "over supply".

There is so much more to this.

Suggestions:
Find a good lactation consultant or LLL leader. There are LOTS of reasons for low milk supply, but finding out the root cause will fix the problem.

Possibilities:
Retained placenta
Poor stimulation in the beginning while being treated for jaundice
Tongue Tie
Upper Frenulum Tie
High palate
Poor or disorganized suck
Bad breast pump or breastpump parts
digestion issues
food sensitivities or allergies
galactacemia
PPD
hypothyroidism

Things to do while you find someone reputable to help:
-Breast compressions
-Encourage feedings at the breast
-Wake baby every hour and offer to nurse
-Spoon or syringe feeding of pumped milk after baby has tired at the breast
-Changing positioning
-No pacifiers or bottles, all sucking at the breast
I don't have much mroe to say...great advice! I also agree that 1.5-2oz is a whole lot, especially after a feeding...it doesn't sound like low supply to me...but it could be a milk transfer problem which could lead to low supply, so that's great you are looking into it!

Certainly follow your "gut" though. Having nursed a few other babies I knew something just "wasn't right" with the way my youngest was nursing and eventually we found out my gut feeling was right and were able to work on correcting the issue!
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