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    Default Any ideas to stop milk from drying up?

    My daughter said today that her pediatrician said her milk is drying up. I was surprised, because my ten week old grandson has breast fed well and my daughter loves the bonding experience. My daughter had a cesearean and my grandson has grown from a birth weight of 7 pounds to 13 pounds. She said that the baby has been crying non-stop after breastfeeding, so she gives him some formula as the doctor suggested and even a few spoonfuls of rice cereal. The baby stops crying and is happy. My daughter has been pumping which doesn't make sense to me since she doesn't work outside the home. She said pumping helps her milk come in. I tried to give advice but I never had this particular problem. I breastfed each of my children for about two years. I raised some big healthy kids and always had plenty of milk. I told my daughter that I always let the baby eat until he was full and never fed him formula. I never pumped and would leave formula for the babysitter to only be used if it was absolutely necessary to calm him. I usually wasn't gone for more than 2-3 hours, so the formula wasn't necessary. Does anyone have some suggestions that I could give my daughter so she doesn't lose her milk?

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    Default Re: Any ideas to stop milk from drying up?

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html

    maybe this will help.
    She got realy bad advice from her doctor that happens!
    newborns need to nurse up to 12 times in 24 hours.
    As long as baby is having wet diapars and poops the its getting the milk it needs and doesn't need suppliments
    The baby is best at removing milk, the pump is ok but the more the baby is at the breast the better for moms milk supply.

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    Default Re: Any ideas to stop milk from drying up?

    That post made me go "WOAH!" and my son is still looking at me funny

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

    Nursing 10 - 12 times per 24 hours will increase milk supply.

    Switch nursing increases suply too: Let baby empty both breats and then offer the first breast again.

    cereal = VERY BAD! especially in a bottle!

    She quite obviously physically capable of producing enough milk. Formula "supplements" are a slippery slope and it takes a bit of effort to get back to exclusively breastfeeding. It's worth it!

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    Default Re: Any ideas to stop milk from drying up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deena View Post
    My daughter said today that her pediatrician said her milk is drying up.
    What information did your daughter's pediatrician base this recommendation on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deena View Post
    I was surprised, because my ten week old grandson has breast fed well and my daughter loves the bonding experience. My daughter had a cesearean and my grandson has grown from a birth weight of 7 pounds to 13 pounds.
    Wow! He has almost doubled his birthweight!


    Quote Originally Posted by Deena View Post
    She said that the baby has been crying non-stop after breastfeeding, so she gives him some formula as the doctor suggested and even a few spoonfuls of rice cereal. The baby stops crying and is happy.
    Maybe ask your daughter how she knew baby was hungry? With such a great weight gain, it doesn't seem feasible that baby would need formula supplements and certainly not cereal. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solids be introduced about the middle of the first year, not at two months! If you would like more information that you could share with your daughter (if she wishes), please do not hesitate to ask.


    Quote Originally Posted by Deena View Post
    My daughter has been pumping which doesn't make sense to me since she doesn't work outside the home. She said pumping helps her milk come in. I tried to give advice but I never had this particular problem. I breastfed each of my children for about two years. I raised some big healthy kids and always had plenty of milk. I told my daughter that I always let the baby eat until he was full and never fed him formula. I never pumped and would leave formula for the babysitter to only be used if it was absolutely necessary to calm him. I usually wasn't gone for more than 2-3 hours, so the formula wasn't necessary.
    Right. Pumping and supplementing can become a slippery slope to early weaning. If you feel comfortable, you might provide your daughter with information to let her know that she did, indeed, have plenty of milk for her baby. From there, you might show her information that the best possible outcomes are more likely to happen when mom and baby just nurse--without unnecessary intervention. Maybe your success stories would be encouraging to her?


    Quote Originally Posted by Deena View Post
    Does anyone have some suggestions that I could give my daughter so she doesn't lose her milk?
    How long has she been pumping? How many total ounces of formula is her baby taking? How much cereal is her baby taking? How often is she putting baby to the breast and of that, how often does baby nurse actively? How often is she pumping in addition to nursing?


    Here is some information about fussiness during nursing. It might help her pinpoint what the issue is:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...e-nursing.html

    Here's how she can tell if she has enough milk:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/lo...ly.html#supply

    Here is some information on normal growth patterns of breastfed babies:
    http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns...ight-gain.html

    Some great information about the natural course of breastfeeding:
    http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing...s/3course.html
    http://www.wiessinger.baka.com/bfing...ks/hungry.html


    I hope this information helps. Please keep us updated!

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    Default Re: Any ideas to stop milk from drying up?

    When I thought my milk was going down . I tried to feed my DD as often as i could. I also went and got fenugreek from walmart and took 2 pills 3 times a day untill i smelled like maple syrup and then went down to 1 pill 3 times a day and my milk was fine agian and has been good ever since. It help me and was a life saver when my DD was going through her stike. SHe needs to try not to give her any bottles because they get use to it and no longer want to work for it at the boob. I hope some of this helps.

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