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Pumping Exclusively - Supply Boosters!

There are so many different ways to boost your supply while pumping. Unforunately not all things work for everyone.

I found success with several "supply boosers" :

    Increased Water Intake
    Warm Compresses (placed on breasts before pumping)
    Increased Number of Pumping Sessions (routinely 8-10x per day, increased to 12x)
    Increased Time of Pumping (routinely 10-15, increased to 15-20 minutes)
    Fenugreek
    Blessed Thistle
    More Milk Plus
    Reglan

Here are several excellent links that talk about herbs and other things that you can take to help increase supply.

*I'm not pumping enough milk. What can I do?

*What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?...Herbal remedies for increasing milk supply
This page includes an alphabetized listing of herbs and remedies used for increasing milk supply. GREAT!

*Herbal safety for nursing moms
This link is extremely important. With anything that you ingest, you and/or your baby may have an adverse reaction to it. A must read!

*Fenugreek Seed for Increasing Milk Supply
Great information about Fenugreek and it's usage to increase milk supply.

*Oatmeal for increasing milk supply
Great information about Oatmeal and it's usage to increase milk supply.

*Prescription drugs used for increasing milk supply
Information about prescription drugs Reglan and Domperidone and their uses to increase milk supply.

If you have any other links and/or ideas that helped you, PLEASE add them to this thread! Smile

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supply boosters

Some of these are repeats from the list above but here goes my list:

*Fenugreek - 3 capsules 3 times a day
*Blessed Thistle - 3 caps 3 times a day
*Lecithin - 1 cap 3 times a day
*More Milk Plus - dose based on body weight, taken four times a day
*Mother's Milk Tea - 4-6 glasses a day
*Alfalfa
*Lactate Support - 1 cap 3 times a day
*Root beer
*Beer - I drink Bud Select one a night
*Oatmeal
*Honey nut Cheerios
*Any whole grain
*Rice, especially brown
*RX Reglan - but beware of depression and anxiety which are possible side effects associated with long term use
*RX Domperidone - not available in the U.S. due to not being FDA approved but you can get it via the internet
*Lots of skin to skin contact with your baby

~edited to add Lactate Support and Alfalfa 11-18-05

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Ok- three of my favourite things on this list...Honey Nut Cheerios, Bud beer and Root Beer. How much should I consume to get an affect from these?

I called the lactation consultant I had seen when kiddo was in NICU. She vouched for and gave me a dosage schedule for the fenugreek and blessed thistle (have to gradually up the dosage to make sure it doesn't interfere with my asthma, which is moderate and controlled anyway).

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I used to drink one Bud Select a night. I found that at night, my supply was the lowest so if I drank a beer it relaxed me enough that I would pump more. Also, the barley and hops would amp my supply enough I'd notice a difference in the morning.

I used to drink root beer all the time, but I started to worry about my weight so I quit that.

I've also heard of people making batches of oatmeal cookies. Eating those all day long would help with your supply but make sure that they are not instant oats.

I don't think I could eat Cheerios all day long so I would just eat a bowl or two.

I hope it gets better, which it will! There's a sort of eb and flow to it all.

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Looks like rest is helping. I slept from about 3:30am to 5:45am when kiddo woke up, wrapped him up, gave him binky and held him for a while and we both fell asleep for about another hour. I fed him and pumped and it was well enough for two feedings! My husband thinks maybe lack of rest is the culprit for low milk supply-- when I'm up late (I have to be to pump and feed) or when I'm doing housework all day without any breaks. Looks like he was right.

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rest is a biggie. Smile

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I was able to put a jar of milk (90cc/3oz.) in the freezer today! The Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle (and rest) must really be paying off!!

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Good for you! That's awesome Momma!

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The LC was right. I really AM starting to smell like maple syrup. A trivial, yet weird side effect to these herbs (but of course well worth it).

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lol, yes I smelled all "maple-y good" too. It's the fenugreek.

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I spoke too soon Sad milk output has been crappy today. Earlier I was barely making enough per feed and having to pump before every feed...now I'm just short of the amount needed for feed and I have to take back that jar that I put in the freezer Sad The only thing I can think of is that I haven't had my "Boost" drinks in a few days (was drinking them for extra protein, etc.) hopefully will get better again soon!

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Just try to relax and not look at your bottles when pumping. I know, harder to do than to say! But, relax, surf the net, look at a magazine, play with baby, but don't look at those bottles!

Tomorrow is a new day babe, this too shall pass!

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Thank you so much! I'm really trying to hang in there... I normally surf or keep myself busy, but it's hard not to look when it's creeping up on feeding time and I need to make sure he has enough. I pumped about 70cc last go-round...add about 2cc for the calorie supplement and a few cc for the gripewater I gave him afterward, and I guess it's close to the 80 that he's been eating. I did try to nurse about 10 mins. per side for stimulation and to get him a little extra in case what I provided wasn't enough--I didn't see much dripping out of the shield (I forgot I just pumped/drained for like 25 mins....and I don't think I saw him swallowing much)...but he did try to fall asleep before he finished the bottle, so I felt better. I drank my Boost and some juice and some milk. I made my own warm compresses...check this stuff out!!

http://www.selfexpressions.com/sofforsorori.html
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http://www.smartbomb.com/073377093081.html
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http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=86348&catid=26913&trx=PLST-0-SRCH&trxp1=26913&trxp2=86348&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-SRCH

Okay, so I took the Medela softshells and put the J&J nursing pad in the shell for extra cushioning, then the warmed gel pad (which is the same size as a nursing pad), then the silicone backing that snaps into place....

I got the gel pads at Kohls or LinensNThings, I got the SoftShells at BabiesRUs and I get my nursing pads at Target or WalMart.

Okay, warm compresses in place after a warm shower, and I'm going to pump here in a bit...wish me luck!

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how did it go? I'm anxious to hear!

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Well, I only pumped like 70cc again last night, which was for the 4:30am feeding...I used the pre-stored jar for the 8-ish feed, so that I could get a longer chunk of rest and hopefully catch up a bit...I slept from about 2am-11am, less the hour or so total it took to feed and change him twice. I know you're not "supposed" to sleep with the softshells on, but it really made for more restful sleep because I wasn't as concerned about nursing pads shifting around and leaking or my shirt rubbing me the wrong way. I pumped about 5 1/2 oz. this morning and another 4 or so this afternoon, so I guess all is okay for now. I just wish there was a constant instead of such a rollercoaster!!

P.S. I wore the softshells out (to run some errands) for the first time...much easier to move around and much less painful if you're as klutzy as I am and run into everything (or have to carry strollers up escalators).

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5 1/2 and 4 ounces is great! You're doing a great job! Sadly, it is an ebb and flow type of thing. One day you're on top of things and the next you're worried if you'll make it or not. I was on the low end most days. But, you'll make it through!

You're doing a great job Momma!

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Thank you so much for all of your support and understanding! I just get paranoid to an extent, thinking that my baby won't be able to eat if something happens to me...and then I remember a nifty little invention called formula...

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Okay, so my bigger shields came in the mail today. So far they're more comfortable, and I'm already pumping more than I usually do at this time of day (and I've eaten horribly today). Normally I'm doing good to push out about 70cc in 20-25 mins, but after 8 mins, I already have about 110cc's!! I hope this is a new trend!! I almost want to be mad that I didn't think of this sooner, but I'm just happy it's working now!

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Yay! Glad they are working for you!

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Thinking of increasing Fenugreek to see if that helps. Volume is lower (again/still) and kiddo is hitting growth spurts, so it's just hard to keep up with him. I even tried doing more frequent, smaller feeds, but can't do that through the night since he has just started to sleep from about 11:30pm-5:30am. I had to supplement 1/2 a feed with formula for the first time tonight. I know it's normal and okay, but it's still discouraging and a blow to the ego. How is it that I'm more comfortable "venting" on this board than in person with my "support system" of friends and family that I have here locally??

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It's ok. I remember the first time I had to supplement with formula, I balled! I think you probably feel more comfortable here because you don't have to explain anything, we know how it is.

If your little one is sleeping more at night now, I would suggest this, after he goes to sleep, have a marathon pumping session. Pump ten minutes on ten minutes off for an hour, do this every night and see if it helps. It will trick your body into thinking this baby needs more milk, especially at night. It really helped me.

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Thanks! I may try that later on when I'm feeling better, and I may do it during the day when I can be awake and tend to kiddo if needed. The problem with at night is that I've already been staying up late (2 or 3 ish) to pump and try to collect enough for that first 5am or 6am feed so that I can sleep in 'til 7:30ish before the 8-9am feed. I mentioned it in the "thankful" thread, but husband helped out this morning by staying in a bit later and feeding kiddo formula so I could rest and re-build my health and my milk supply.

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Okay, so I'm going to try to be on an oatmeal kick. I bought some bars and some deli-made cookies (for now) and some actual oatmeal/warm cereal that has to be mixed and heated (which I don't care for, so I'm trying the flavoured stuff for now).

Anyone have a good, EASY oatmeal cookie recipe?? I'm not the best cook...

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I recently posted this recipe at Pregnancy Weekly. It's my DH's favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!

I love cookies! I am allergic to dairy and molds (that means chocolate) so my cookies options are limited. I make a great oatmeal cookie that my DH loves. I'll post the recipe in case anyone is interested. For you breastfeeders and EPers this is a great supply builder.

Oatmeal Crispies

1 cup shortning
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, cream shortning and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the remaining ingredients in separate bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture. Drop by tablespoon 2 in. apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork (or whatever you like). Bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yields 5 1/2 dozen

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Still not in a cooking mode (but I'l hold onto the recipe for when I get there...maybe when it's closer to the holidays and I start making cookies and brownies and stuff)...I'm going to try some oatmeal and fruit bars to see if they help out at all. I did get a good chunk of sleep last night (so did kiddo!) so I pumped 210cc's (7 oz.) this morning!

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Donicia, that recipe sounds awesome!

Yay LiteraryMommy! 7oz is great!!! Maybe the rest did you some good. Keep up the hard work!

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By the way, I just tried the soft/massaging Medela shields, and they felt good but I don't think they yielded any milk at all (they're standard size, and I think my body is just used to the personal-fit shields I switched to not too long ago).

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Okay, I bought some oatmeal, some more bottled water (can't stand the taste of ours if I have to drink much of it) and some beer. Tomorrow is a new day. I'm down to about 3-4 pumps a day and 2-3oz. average pump.

I don't like oatmeal, but I'm going to play around to figure out a taste/consistency I like (and maybe finally bake those crisper thingies)! I got the "old fashioned" oatmeal that you have to boil in water,etc.--is that the right stuff? What's the difference between regular oatmeal and the instant stuff (as far as nutrition)??

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The instant has been processed and the part of the oat that has the most nutrition is removed through that process to make it instant.

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so far, chips ahoy is winning again (always notice an increase in supply when I've had a few cookies) I wonder why this is...??

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I read somewhere that sometimes when you see an increase due to eating steak or in your case, cookies, the increase is more contributed to the increase in calories than the actual food. So YAY on eating more calories and having a good reason to! Biggrin

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I think it's more a result of an enjoyable experience. When you indulge and eat a few of your favorite cookies, you are happier and more relaxed.

A mothers diet and fluid intake appear to be unrelated to milk supply except in extreme circumstances (ie: starvation). This was found by a study involving developing countries and other parts of the world.

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Yeah you are probably right. Sometimes when I try to pump before I have had lunch or dinner and am hungry...it's not a very good session. This is probably because I am just so ready to eat and get the pumping over with. Smile

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Supply Boosting Cookie recipe

Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies (created by Noel Pickett [email]noel@clubmuse.com[/email])
Ingredients :

* 1 cup butter or marg
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)

Directions:

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat. The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

*can be found at any local health food store.

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I wonder how they taste... anyone here made this before?

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I have not, I just found it today. You should try it out Marce!

By-the-way, do you mind me putting your new pumping mom blinkie in our gallery?

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Of course you can!!! I was actually going to suggest that!

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Lactade - supply boosting drink

1 serving soy lecithin
1 serving soy protein
2-3 cups milk or soy or rice beverage
1 cup yogurt
1 banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup each of your favorite fruit, frozen (e.g., strawberries, pineapple,papaya, mango)
2 tbsp flaxseed oil or 4 tbsp flaxseed meal
4 ounces tofu
2 tbsp peanut butter
cinnamon and/or nutmeg to taste
1-2 servings of a multivitamin/multimineral chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder (see www.AskDrSears.com, Baby Book updates for brand reccomendations)

Blend until smooth. Serve immediately, while the mixture still has a bubbly milkshake-like consistancy.

Optional variations
Add 1 tbsp of honey for a sweeter taste

Studies suggest that lecithin can improve milk duct drainage, and extra soy protein can increase the volume of a mother's milk.

*I got this reicpe from the book by Dr. William Sears The Baby Book

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Hi Shana,

I just saw your recipe for the supply-boosting shake that contains peanut butter. I thought that BFing woman are not suppose to eat nuts or peabut butter of any kind in case their babies are allergic. Please tell me this is not true! I LOVE peanut butter!

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Sara, here is a reference for you about this Biggrin
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-foods.html#peanuts

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Thanks for the link, although I didn;t like the answer Biggrin

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Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Show: 30 Minute Meals
Episode: Get the Day Started Right

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: about 12 cakes, 4 servings

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 ounces, 1/4 cup, chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 really ripe bananas, mashed up
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 stick butter, 1/4 cup, melted, plus additional for buttering skillet
Maple syrup or honey, for drizzling

Here’s a great tip: if you cannot find really ripe bananas, just nuke them in the microwave for about 15 seconds and they will become super soft for mashing.
Mix dry ingredients, the first 7, in a bowl. In a another bowl, mix the wet ingredients, the next 4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined, then fold in the mashed up bananas and the raisins. Stir in the melted butter.

Heat a griddle over medium heat and brush with additional melted butter. Cook pancakes, each about 1/3 cup, until bubbles form on the top, then turn. Cakes will cook in about 2 minutes on each side. Keep pancakes tented with foil as they come off the griddle to keep them hot. Serve with drizzled honey or maple syrup over the top.

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Well, here is yet another oatmeal cookie recipe!! I LOVE this one and so does the family.

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies (Yields about 24 cookies)

-1cup butter softened
-1-1/2cupc granulated sugar
-2 eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1&1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-3cups quaker old fashioned oats
-1 cup craisins (or any dried fruit)
-1/2 cup walnuts (i use pecans alot)
-2 Tablespoons milled flax seed

Heat Oven to 350

Beat together butter, and sugars until creamy

Add eggs and vanilla-beat well

Add combined flour, baking soda, flax seed, cinnamon, and salt-mix well

Fold in oats, nuts, and craisins

--Drop by Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. ( 10 1/2 leaves them a little chewy and they taste a little better)
Cool 1 minute. Remove to wire rack
ENJOY!!

***Bar cookies
Bake 30-35 minutes in ungreased 13x9-in. metal baking pan

I hope if you try them you enjoy them!!

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"shana_RN" wrote:

Sara, here is a reference for you about this Biggrin
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-foods.html#peanuts

Oops! I've eaten tons of PB throughout my pregnancy and post partum.....I hope I haven't sabotaged anything! Would it be worth it to stop eating it now?

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I think so Leigh, it won't stay in your milk if you're not consuming it. You can always add it back in later when she is a little older. I ate some Payday candybars early on without knowing about this and Emma is fine Biggrin

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I have also heard that Fennel Seed is another good herb for busting supply.

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I am so loving this thread... it's been super helpful!!