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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Default Increasing Milk Supply

    Hi Ladies!

    I am mother to Addison who is 14 weeks old today. I am trying to figure out how to increase my milk supply so that I can feed her strictly bm while I am at work during the day. Unfortunately right now, I cannot seem to pump enough so she gets a combo of bm and formula while at daycare. Any help/advice would be appreciated! :-)

    Thank you!!!

  2. #2
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    Jun 2006
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    Default Re: Increasing Milk Supply

    Can you tell us a little more about how much you're sending to DC and how often she nurses at home?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Default Re: Increasing Milk Supply

    Sounds like your working really hard to provide breastmilk for your baby. That's awesome, and any amount of BM is great.
    Eat oatmeal
    Stay hydrated
    Consider taking herbs like fenugreek and/or blessed thistle
    The most important - more stimulation. The more demand (from either nursing or pumping), the more supply you'll have.

    You could also talk to your doctor about some prescription meds to increase milk supply.

    And check out the pumping threads for tips on how to pump more effectively. A lot of those ladies are very experienced and can recommend some pumping schedules, techniques.
    Keep up the good work and good luck.
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  4. #4
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    May 2008

    Default Re: Increasing Milk Supply

    I am currently sending about 4 1/2 ounces to daycare which is generally about what she is eating in one sitting.She tends to nurse anywhere between every 2 to 3 hours. (Sometimes more if she is fussy..) The BM that I send covers only one bottle..the rest of her bottles for the day (anywhere between two and three more) are formula.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Re: Increasing Milk Supply

    Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Oatmeal and fenugreek help, too. And pump, pump, pump! As PP said, the more stimulation you get, the more you will produce. When I was dealing with supply issues, there were times when I pumped after every single feeding, which was exhausing, but it helped.

  6. #6

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    I'm going to move this to Working and Breastfeeding

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: Increasing Milk Supply

    I'm thinking about getting More Milk Plus capsules....do you HAVE to take it 4 times per day, or can some get by with just a couple of times a day with the results they need? I don't have a low supply per sey, I just want to increase it enough for extra milk to pump. KWIM? I really don't want overkill!

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