I'm currently mix feeding my 6 mo, I offer breast then bottle. I was advised by my doctor when my LO was a month old to start supplementing as he wasn't satisfied with his weight gain. My supply has gradually gotten worse since. He gets a full bottle of formula and he'll feed for about 20 minutes before he's latching/unlatching and fussing. How do I increase my supply without starving my son? I really don't want to switch to formula but I know my supply will dry up if it doesn't get any better
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26-12-2013 14:53 #1
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26-12-2013 15:34 #2
There are lots of strategies you can use to try increasing your supply....
Breast milk is produced on supply/demand so you can try expressing between or after feeds, the pumping will make your body think it needs to produce more milk.
Certain foods are known to increase supply (oats, brewers yeast, fenugreek tea, lactation cookies which contain all the good stuff)
Motilium is a prescription medication which you can get from your GP to increase supply.
Good luck OP, if all else fails you can know that you have given your bub 6 months of great breast milk to help boost his immunity and develop his gut flora - well done!!
26-12-2013 15:40 #3
There are lots of natural things you can do to help boost your supply and I will list these below. Before that though, I'll suggest getting a script for motillium (domperidone). You may need to take 6-8 tablets a day at first to get your supply really going. I have tried all of the below and find that some help, some don't and some are just too hard/yuk. For me, the motilium works.
-Lots of skin to skin and lots of feeding, frequently. However if he's like my 6mo he's probably all business about feeds now and no longer wants to comfort feed.
-Fenugreek & Blessed thistle (herbs of gold breastfeeding tablets).
-Brewers yeast - dry/fresh cooked into thinks (bleurgh!) or in tablet form.
- Pumping after each feed and using it before formula at the end of the next feed.
- Oats and wheatgerm.
-Breast compression (google for how to) during feeds. It helps push the milk out a bit faster (good if they like the bottle), can stimulate a second letdown and also ensure breasts are drained completely.
I had a lot of struggles with my 1st due to low supply and at 4 months gave up on all the natural methods and got a motilium script. It helped but I was only taking 3 tablets a day so could not drop the formula.
This time I started on it on day 4 and it didn't take too long until I could drop the formula. I didn't though, I kept offering 1 bottle a day to completely replace a feed as I love the fact that he will take a bottle if I need a break.
26-12-2013 15:54 #4Senior Member
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All of the above. You may just need to motillium to get your supply going again and be able to drop it down. If your dr is resistant you might need to search out a lactation consultant who can liaise with a dr for the prescription.
26-12-2013 18:37 #5
Thanks ladies I'll give this a go and see if it will improve. How many and how often do you take motillium ? How often do you ladies eat and how much water? I was told to drink Atleast 3L but I just found myself constantly using the bathroom.
26-12-2013 23:12 #6
Yep at least 3l a day, more when it's hot. Your bladder will adjust! I eat lots - I don't lose weight until I stop breastfeeding! Lots of protein and a good multivitamin.
Initially I was on 2x10mg motilium 4x a day for about a week then 2 tablets 3x a day. GPs I've seen to get my script renewed question the dose as the dosage for stomach issues (which is one it's designed for, lactation is a side effect) is 3 per day. My OB and lactation consultant both confirmed the higher dose tho.
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26-12-2013 23:30 #7
26-12-2013 23:34 #8
Drink oat milk. I had to go dairy and soy free as it made my sons reflux worse. I switched to drinking oat milk and ended up with a massive supply and this was after relactating.
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27-12-2013 05:59 #9
Agree with all the above. I was having lactation cookies but the recipe I have is so high in sugar I started adding 1/4 teaspoon of brewers yeast to my breakfast oats and will often have small glasses of milk with 1/4 teaspoon during the day. It smells and tastes a bit icky but I got used to it. I still give one bottle a day in the evening before bed just to make sure ds is full
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27-12-2013 08:36 #10
That's probably a big part of my problem then, my appetite since about week three has been next to nothing and I really struggle to eat meat. I tried making lactation biscuits to snack on but the recipe I used wasn't really nice. How long do you pump for at each breast and how long in total? I've also been told power pumping can increase supply
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