Re: Milk Increase Question
Nipple stimulation is the #1 way to increase your milk supply. Milk is based on the laws of supply and demand, the more db nurses, the more milk you will produce. (Prolactin is a hormone which is released by your body when your nipple is stimulated which tells your body to produce milk). With your circumstances, I would think a lact-aid may prove be a very useful tool. DB would be able to nurse at your breast (thus stimulating milk production) so db would get what milk you were producing but would also be getting the formula you need to supplement with at the same time. You may even find that you can cut back the amount you have to supplement. If you are worried about not knowing how much baby is eating you can weight baby naked before & after feeding and then subtract before from after, thus getting amount consumed. I have never had to use a lact-aid myself but wish I had known about them when I had to start supplementing ds with formula. Since your baby is so sensitive to your food intake I would be cautious of herbal supplements such a fenugreek and mother's milk tea because they may cause more problems than they do good (I personally have tried both to increase milk supply and never saw any difference other than the way I smelled). Also, make sure you are drinking plently of fluid (but don't overdue it) and getting enough sleep (like that is possible with an infant around). Skin-to-skin contact can also help with milk supply, you may want to consider cosleeping if you don't already, babywearing or just simply replacing baby's pacifier with your breast, again goes back to nipple stimulation. Hopefully an LLLmoderator will chime in soon with advice, they are very helpful!
Amanda Mom to James (2/25/04) and nursling Alice (8/24/05)