Oh, also I remember (vaguely) that when i had my first baby (7 years ago) that his Dr gave me medicine that helped get my milk supply up, have any of you tried it and did it work for you?
I believe there's something called reglan that helps to increase breast milk production. (I imagine that's what you're talking about) I've personally never used it, but I've heard it works good. Have you used anything else, like Fenugreek or Blessed Thistle? Used together they're supposed to work well at increasing supply. You can also try non-alcohol beer, pumping frequently or just letting baby nurse for as long as they want, and avoid supplementing from now own (it drops supply). Baby won't starve and the longer they're on the breast the better. It signals to the body to make more milk. Good luck!
I would stop supplimenting and let baby nurse often and as long as they want which will increase your supply. You can also try mothers milk tea, eat oatmeal and ask the OB for a rx of reglan
This may seem like an imposibility -but try pumping after you feed the baby. This way your body will think there is a great demand and thus make more. For me I've always found staying hydrated makes a difference. I've heard others talk about eating oatmeal and drinking Mother's Milk tea. I have not personally tried either of those two - good luck!
I agree - continue nursing as much as you can. Your brain will receive signals to produce more milk. Definately drink alot, everytime you breastfed, drink a glass of water - that's what my midwife (who is a lactation consultant as well) advised me. I drank malt-based drinks (ovaltine, non-alcoholic malt beer), lactation tea, or fennel and anise tea. Good luck!
you need to slowly decrease the amount you are supplementing.
definitely pump after you feed, especially early in the morning which is when most women find their supply is the highest. then you will have BM to bottle feed instead of formula in addition to helping to stimulate your supply.
fenugreek helps many, as does eating oatmeal every day.
the less you supplement with formula, the more milk your body will make.
good luck, and hang in their momma!
How are you doing momma? You got some great advice here! Are things improving?
Hang in there! You can and will get your milk back! It's just going to takesome work.
We are doing a little better! I have decreased how much I am supplementing, and I think I may already have some mothers milk tea that I havn't used yet, I will have to check. i do have a pump (that i don't use much), but can start pumping after a feeding. I had never even heard of the oatmeal thing, but will give it a try! Thanks for all your advice and support I will keep you posted after the weekend!
Great! I look forward to hearing your update. Enjoy your weekend.
To increase breast milk our grandmothers drank Guinness Stout. I couldn't stand the stout so I drank a couple of bottles of beer a day. Worked like a charm. The crazy thing is that I don't like beer and also don't tolerate alcohol well. But when I drank it for that purpose I didn't mind it and I never got tipsy. Once I weaned the baby and stopped drinking beer, I found I once again didn't like it.
There are no side effects to beer. I don't know what the meds would do, but prefer something more natural that has no side effects.