I'm trying to increase my milk supply and so far I've heard the following can be helpful:
Does anyone have any knowledge (first hand or data related) about which ones of these actually work?
Thanks in advance.
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03-05-2015 06:46 #1
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03-05-2015 07:44 #2
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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03-05-2015 07:48 #3
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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03-05-2015 08:18 #5
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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03-05-2015 08:35 #6
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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03-05-2015 08:44 #7
Fenugreek and motilium didn't work for me.
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03-05-2015 09:18 #8
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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03-05-2015 09:39 #9
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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