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Any tips for increasing milk supply?

8 answers
3 years ago
So here's the situation: My daughter is 9 months old now. A couple of months ago, she started weaning herself from nursing. I was upset, but I decided that if that's what she wanted I wasn't going to force her. Anyway, she's teething..... so about 2 weeks ago, she decided that all she wanted to do was nurse. My body is confused and in pain now from starting to NOT nurse to *BAM!* nursing like she was only 3 months. My milk supply isn't that great right now. I've been trying to eat more, I take calorie shakes to maintain a good weight and get that nutrition, I also read about red raspberry leaves helping so I've been drinking a cup of red raspberry herbal tea at night. Does anyone else have any other advice? Is this a normal baby thing? Her pediatrician has been pushing formula since she was born (I know it's late but I am SO changing DRs) so I can't ask him and I can't afford an OB so that's out of the question. Thanks in advance!

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3 years ago
im not sure i think if you ask the dr they can give you something to help a little bit
3 years ago
I have and the DRs only say to keep pumping the fluids in my body. Well, I have been. I eat like a growing kid and drink like a runner.
3 years ago
Try fenugreek, it's an over the counter drug and worked really well for me.
3 years ago
As Kaykaysmommy said, fenugreek is the best choice. Most health food stores and GNC's sell it. It's relatively inexpensive. You take 3 capsules 3-4 times a day. (As a dietary supplement it tells you to take less, it doesn't usually tell you lactation instructions) The only downside of taking fenugreek is you end up smelling like maple syrup. It's kinda strange but you get used to it and the benefit is sooo worth it for your baby. If you have hypoglycemia though you need to be careful because it can cause low blood sugar.
3 years ago
Also, if you have a breast pump, try to fit a few pumping sessions in a day when she isn't nursing, even if only for 5 minutes. That will also help your milk supply.
3 years ago
mother's milk tea sold at whole foods helped me too.
3 years ago
have you tried eating oatmeal? apparently beer helps too. there are cookies called milkmakes made with oats, barley and yeast. check out their website www.milkmakers.com i bought some and they are delish and i do that plus try to drink alot of water and drink oatmeal drinks too. my production has gone up, especially after i spent a weekend nursing and pumping (literally that all wknd long)  that helps too GOOD LUCK!
3 years ago
have you tried eating oatmeal? apparently beer helps too. there are cookies called milkmakes made with oats, barley and yeast. check out their website www.milkmakers.com i bought some and they are delish and i do that plus try to drink alot of water and drink oatmeal drinks too. my production has gone up, especially after i spent a weekend nursing and pumping (literally that all wknd long)  that helps too GOOD LUCK!

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