Have a friend who was told milk supply was low.. anyone have this trouble.. she is already supplementing.. wish I had known earlier.. anyway.. any suggestions?
Meant to title it BOOSTING... Milk Supply lol
Last edited by Rivergallery; 12-10-2013 at 01:29 PM.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
Did it help?
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I took fenugreek and ate a lot of oatmeal when I had a supply issue. It boosted it back quickly.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
We have a lot of information available on breastfeeding that you can share with your friend -- including on increasing milk supply.
Here are some articles which should help:
Herbal Remedies for Milk Supply
Boosting Low Breast Milk Supply
From our years with lactation consultants, contributing experts, and personal stories/articles -- we have compiled tons of info. She can use a search onsite for whatever topic she wishes or she can browse through all the breastfeeding resources we have available. If there is a specific question she needs to have answered I do have LC's that I can reach out to.
Last comment: Speaking from personal experience, despite supplementing she can return to exclusively breastfeeding if that is what she would like.
Why does she believe she has a low supply? Is her baby not growing properly? Or is it because she is pumping & not getting a lot? Is she allowing baby full access to the breast at all times? It's amazing how many women nurse for just 5 or 10 minutes and then pull baby off, and then wonder why baby doesn't grow. And it's amazing how many women think they have a "low supply" because they only get a few ounces when they pump; they don't know that baby is a much better sucker than a pump!
So my first advice would be to get a baby scale (you can usually rent them from places that sell breastfeeding supplies, and sometimes the ped's office will loan one out if they suspect baby isnt' growing) and weigh baby before & after a few feeds each day to see exactly how much baby is taking in. There might not be a problem anywhere except in her imagination!
My second advice, if there is a problem or even if she just has anxiety about the situation, would be to stop supplementing, stop pumping, and get into bed naked with baby for three days and stay there and nurse as much as possible and cuddle baby all the rest of the time. This helps reset her body's physiological patterns, it kind of tricks her body & mind back into newborn milk production. It's a fantastic thing & I've seen it work! Fenugreek and oatmeal are very good resources, and so is Blessed Thistle; together with the Fenugreek they work better than either of them solo. Also avoid anything in the mint family, and the herbs parsley, oregano, lemon balm, sage, and thyme as much as possible as these herbs suppress millk production.
If she does need to continue supplementing, she should be using a supplementation system that delivers the formula to baby while baby is nursing; this not only gets the food to baby in the most natural way possible, it can actually stimulate milk production because the baby is suckling the nipple! If she needs to continue supplementing long term, she can do so while still breastfeeding as much as possible. Always offer the breast first, and use the bottle to top baby off if needed.
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Oh gosh -- excellent points! if I judged my nursing supply based upon my pumped results I would have quit! (I self labeled myself a pumping failure and I tried everything from manual to double electric hospital grade! For whatever reason I just couldn't! LOL) ALL my kids though successfully nursed for well over a year and definitely thrived.
One other suggestion that helped me was that I found that I nursed almost completely on one breast for a feeding vs. switching midstream. In doing so my little ones were able to empty the breast better and be ensured to get the hindmilk.
I know this is not a debate, but I did want to point out another POV. While most often babies that are breast fed are completely fine, it can happen that someone is not producing enough milk. My SIL breastfed my niece. Because it was so taught that if you are breast feeding often enough the baby is fine, my niece almost died of mal nutrition. It also happened with my daughter that I was breastfeeding and I thought everything was fine until I went in for her next checkup. She went from the 75% to the 25% in just a few months. The baby scale is a great way to know if the baby is actually gaining weight or not. Most important is your mommy gut. If you think the baby is not getting enough to eat, it is possible that she is not. Take her in to get weighed.