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    Default Boosting supply - what really works?

    I'm trying to increase my milk supply and so far I've heard the following can be helpful:

    Blessed thistle
    Fenugreek
    Brewer's yeast
    Linseed
    Flaxseed
    Oats/ oatmeal

    Does anyone have any knowledge (first hand or data related) about which ones of these actually work?

    Thanks in advance.

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    I only tried fenugreek and didn't think it worked for me but I never had a real issue with supply. I've read recently about lactation biscuits using Brewers yeast so I might try making those in the first few weeks of feeding to see if it helps milk come in quicker.

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    Motillium was the only thing that made a real difference for me. Lots of rest and loads of water can help, as well as just offering feeds frequently.

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    I've tried all but the linseed and I reckon they all work. I also find I have to cut out anything with caffeine.

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    I tried blessed thistle, fenugreek, Motilium. A combination of all 3 worked well for me. I was also advised to try miso soup as it also helps supply. Considering I had no milk supply with my first, I still have supply now 9 months later after DS2.

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    They didn't work for me but apparently you have to take quite high doses for the home/herbal remedies to be effective, which I don't think I was doing (when your sweat smells like maple syrup, then you know you're taking enough fenugreek!).
    Motilium and constant pumping/feeding (especially overnight when supply is naturally highest) did the trick.
    Good luck! We're still going strong at 10 months so supply issues can be overcome

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    Fenugreek and motilium didn't work for me.

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    Different things work for different people. Some people swear by oats, it did nothing for me. I tried everything on that list but the only thing that worked was high doses of motilium (3 x 3 per day). In the early days I couldn't even express between feeds because DD permanently fed (there was no 'in between feeds').

    Google galactogogues (<< say that 5 times really quickly!!).

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    Thanks for your input ladies. Looks like I'll be getting all the stuff on the list just in case!

    I had no supply issues with my first - tended towards oversupply if anything - but 9 day old DS was in a humidicrib in NICU for the first 5 days and I was afraid of expressing too much and getting mastitis so I inadvertently allowed my supply to drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    Thanks for your input ladies. Looks like I'll be getting all the stuff on the list just in case!

    I had no supply issues with my first - tended towards oversupply if anything - but 9 day old DS was in a humidicrib in NICU for the first 5 days and I was afraid of expressing too much and getting mastitis so I inadvertently allowed my supply to drop.
    My DS2 was a humid crib for 7 weeks in the NICU, the one thing the lactation consultant told me was to express every 3 hours even overnight to help with supply. Good luck.


 

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