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    Default Need to increase milk supply

    I've read about false alarms etc but I know for a fact I don't have enough cuz I started out this breast feeding journey so wrong. My baby is now 8 days old,,, when I had him i breastfed the first 2 days but he fussed n screamed so I figured he wasn't getting enough so the nurse gave me formula to satisfy him,,, of course that worked but I really really want to breastfeed him,,, I've been mostly formula feeding him but occasionally try to express mine but it only drips and he's not ok with that,,, am I too late to get a good supply to satisfy him?

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    Default Re: Need to increase milk supply

    It's not too late. You may be in for an arduous task for a while though, get as much help taking care of you and the household/family as possible so you can devote yourself to baby and supply.
    Can you get him to latch at all? If so, you might want to switch to using a lactation aid or at the breast supplementer until you can improve your supply.
    See an IBCLC for some hands on help http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3901
    Rent a hospital grade pump and pump after as many feedings as you possibly can without suffering complete exhaustion.
    Again, get some hands on help if anything hurts at all. Pumping and nursing should not hurt.

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    Default Re: Need to increase milk supply

    http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basi...rease-formula/
    Good advice above. This link will tell you how to gradually decrease the supplements. Definitely get started on very frequent milk removal. At minimum 8 times a day but aim for 10-15 sessions whether nursing the baby directly or hand expressing/pumping. Pumping takes a bit of practice and some technique for most moms to get an adequate amount of output. Some moms never express well but have a full supply of milk so don't put too much stock into how much you get out.
    It's very early days yet so it's very possible you can move back to exclusively breastfeeding. My oldest son wouldn't latch for the first three weeks yet went on to nurse for three years (and counting).

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    Default Re: Need to increase milk supply

    dhess1972 I would not say you started wrong, but I do wish you had gotten better support in the hospital. It's not that formula was necessarily not needed- it may have been, I have no idea. But when formula is simply handed out without getting the mother help with breastfeeding, it does often lead to baby no longer breastfeeding in many cases! So I do wish you had gotten more support for breastfeeding early on.

    But your baby is very lucky. She has you. It is VERY early days. If you want, it is very likely you can turn this around and nurse your baby, either completely or partially. (Even partially has a tremendous benefit!) But it is very early days, and it is amazing what a mothers body can do once it starts getting the right message. To send the message to make milk, you have to keep taking milk out, frequently. by baby, hand expression and/or pump, as often as you can.

    Article on increasing milk production: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...es/low-supply/

    listen to the moms here they know what they are talking about because they have been there. & Get help & support locally as well if you can.
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; September 2nd, 2014 at 11:23 PM.

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    Default Re: Need to increase milk supply

    The book Making More Milk is a good one.

    Also the site http://www.lowmilksupply.org/index.shtml
    Has many good resources I've found helpful in addition to the Kelly Mom site and
    http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tpage&Itemid=1

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