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    Unhappy decreasing milk output in the a.m.

    Hi everyone! I am new to the forums...although I have read many of them and have been helpful on my 3 month bf journey. I have now been back a work for a month and I am having quite a decrease in my milk output from my morning pumping session. I used to be able to pump 4 oz without even trying and it has slowly decreased since I've been back at work. My afternoon session i usually also pumped 4 oz and that session has actually stayed the same or increased by an oz or 2. Should I be worried? because I am! Slowly we have started to have to cut into our rainy day freezer supply of bm since I am not pumping enough during the day to make bottles for the next day. I am drinking the Mothers Milk Tea and that has helped get my supply back up from having the stomach flu a few weeks ago. I have read on several web sites that fenugreek is helpful but I'm a little nervous about using it. Anybody have some helpful tips on what I should do???

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    Hello,

    My baby is now going on 6 months and I too experience a major decrease in my milk supply upon returning to work. I recently tried Fenugreek. Its an herbal supplement that helps increase your milk supply. Trust me, I did my fair share of research and found that it is totally safe to take when nursing and it really works. My baby is growing like crazy and I am finally satisfying him again. It feels great to not stress about how much milk am I going to produce today?? Is it going to be enough?? Try it ... what do you have to loose?

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    Do you have a suggestion on how much to start with on the fenugreek??? I have done some research on it as well but haven't really found anything that gives me some kind of formula to calculate how much I should take... I read on most websites that 3 capsules a day should give me a good start. Should I start with that you think??? How much did you start with? I guess I need some reassurance from someone "real" who has used it. Thanks for your help! I'm getting close to desperation.

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    I used fenugreek when I was trying to build my freezer stash, and it worked for me in just a couple of days. I have not had to take it again for several weeks now. I took the recommended dose on the bottle wich was 2 capsules three times a day. On the second day I realized I did not need that much and took only one capsule twice a day. I did this for about three days and I had all the milk I could stand. The only thing that worried me is if the milk I was producing was formilk or hindmilk. Either way I used it! Hope this was helpful! I plan to use it again if my supply ever gets low!

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    Default Re: decreasing milk output in the a.m.

    Where do you find this? My milk is decreasing in the PM and I'm also tapping into my freezer stash.
    Mama to Aidan - 13 months

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    Fenugreek worked great for me, and I know it has helped a lot of other mamas, too. I am also fond of oatmeal as a galactagogue (thing to increase milk) - having a warm bowl in the morning not only helps my milk from the oatmeal, it helps it because I am sure to get a nutritious breakfast!

    Here is some more info on fenugreek
    doses http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html.

    Here's a great thread on affordable fenugreek http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=66407. Many of us have taken the seeds directly, you can see more info on that thread, and see doses on kellymom.

    Re pills,
    I like iherb.com; their shipping is really cheap & their prices are good, too. (http://www.iherb.com/ProductsList.aspx?cid=2315&p=1). If you use code HAZ870 you'll get $5 off of your first order, too. (Full disclosure: they give me 50 cents of credit when the code is used.) One of the mamas here turned me on to this site, & now I get most of my pills here.

    Also - are you continuing to pump for a few minutes after your milk stops flowing? Since a pump doesn't empty the breast as well as a baby does, you need to do this to keep your body from thinking that your baby has gotten less hungry at those "feedings".

    , and let us know how it's going!
    Imma to AA, born at home 11/12/07 , juggling , working, APing , cloth diapering , - and . I'm done - yay!

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    Just an update, my milk did go back up, haven't used the fenugreek yet though. I found that sometimes my let-down takes a really long time (change of location maybe had to do with it cuz i used to be embarrased but I don't care anymore! ), but thats another forum... Now also another issue, her intake is increasing due to a growth spurt I suspect this since she is outgrowing stuff she just wore last week! At least I know she's getting plenty when she nurses. I am going to try the fenugreek to make sure I can keep up. Thanks for the advice!

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    Default Re: decreasing milk output in the a.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommatoledo25 View Post
    Just an update, my milk did go back up
    Yay!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommatoledo25 View Post
    Now also another issue, her intake is increasing due to a growth spurt I suspect this since she is outgrowing stuff she just wore last week! At least I know she's getting plenty when she nurses.
    3mo - yep, that's right on time for a big spurt. You can do it, mama!
    Imma to AA, born at home 11/12/07 , juggling , working, APing , cloth diapering , - and . I'm done - yay!

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