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    Default Struggling to increase supply

    Hi,
    Anyone have advice for a mom with a low milk supply and how to increase it? My dd will be a month old on Nov. 5. I thought she was eating well but became concerned when it appeared she wasn't gaining weight last week. A trip to the pediatrician confirmed my suspicions and she had lost a pound since birth. I met with a bf specialist at the pediatrician's office and she has been working with me to improve my supply. My routine is to nurse dd every two hours (10-15 minutes each breast), supplement with formula or ebm after nursing, and then pump. (This often leaves me about 45 minutes until the next feeding...which leaves me little time to eat, shower, or even nap.)

    I worked at this very hard this past weekend... I didn't leave the house for two days. From talking with the consultant on Monday, it sounds as though I am only producing about a third of what dd needs in breast milk...she gets the rest from formula.

    My question is to others who have had similar trouble....how long does one follow this routine in order to see results? Is it possible that I may never get a good milk supply? If so, then what do I do? Is there something wrong with me that caused my supply to either never come in fully or to be so low? I'm checking out my options before my next visit to the doctor and want to see what others in situations similar to mine have done.

    It breaks my heart to think that I am not producing enough bm to feed my dd and make her satisifed. I want to be able to bf exclusively, but I don't know if I can continue the rigorous routine. (I have been working on this for almost a week now.) I want what is best for my baby, but I also realize if I continue this routine, I don't spend any time with dh and our 4-year-old.

    Any advice or suggestions will be helpful. Thanks.

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    Smile Re: Struggling to increase supply

    Don't despair! It is very possible that dd is going throu a growth spurt. Whenever my ds had one, he would get frantic and want to bf almost round the clock. It took a few days before he seemed to start putting on weight again. I didn't supplement at the time because he refused to take a bottle period. Make sure that you get enough sleep, and are eating and drinking enough. All chldren grow at different rates - don't get stressed out because the ped thinks your dd isn't growing fast enough. All 3 of mine stay at the bottom of the growth charts because I'm only 5'2".

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    Default Re: Struggling to increase supply

    My doctor suggested an herbal tea made by a company called traditional medicinals. Its called Organic Mothers Milk. I found it at the regular grocery store although not all of them carry it. You should definately check with your docotr before taking anything though.

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    Default Re: Struggling to increase supply

    Quote Originally Posted by mommabrooks View Post
    Hi,
    My routine is to nurse dd every two hours (10-15 minutes each breast), supplement with formula or ebm after nursing, and then pump. (This often leaves me about 45 minutes until the next feeding...which leaves me little time to eat, shower, or even nap.)
    What would happen if you didn't watch the clock at all, and just nursed your baby whenever she wanted to?

    Schedules and time limits tend to have a detrimental effect on milk supply. In general, the more baby nurses, the more milk you will make. While some moms do fine on the schedule you described, many others do not.

    Have you discussed an SNS with your LC? This way, baby could get her suppliment while nursing...building your milk supply in the process.

    It also sounds like you need some strategies to take care of yourself, too. One thought I have is to have a stash of healthy snacks and a bottle of water at your "nursing station", so you can take care of your need for nourishment while you feed dd.
    My other idea would be for you to take baby to bed with you at least once per day. Latch her on while laying on your side, and just allow her to nurse and fall asleep while nursing. Then, you can fall asleep too. Don't worry about switching sides. Studies have shown that milk production hormones are higher while you sleep, so this is another good way to build your supply.

    HTH

    Hang in there,


    Tiana

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