Post # 1
My little boy is 4 weeks on Monday. We had issues with breastfeeding as he wasn’t well his first week, and I was feeling very down. He wouldn’t latch on without a nipple shield, and even then we only managed 2 successful feeds with the shield. After days of trying to Boyfriend or Best Friend and my son screaming everytime and ending up being fed with a syringe I decided to exclusively feed him EBM. At that point expressing was causing me to become extremely anxious so I decided to stop all together about 2 weeks ago.
Now my son is having issues with formula and I am seriously considering trying to Boyfriend or Best Friend again. I still have milk and am wanting to hear from other mums who have successfully managed to build their supply up again. I can spend a day at the hospital in the postnatal ward/breastfeeding unit to get some help, but am thinking this might be useless until I have built my supply up a bit.
Post # 3
By build up your supply, do you mean that you want to start producing more milk?
If that’s what you mean, then I suggest getting some lactation cookies. I recommend MilkMaker cookies. There are recipes for these cookies, should you decide to make them instead of buy them. I’ve been told and read that the raw dough can help produce more milk than the baked cookies, so making a batch of dough to try might be a good idea.
Post # 4
@Rhopalocera: Yes 🙂 I’m not dried up yet, so I’m hoping there’s a chance I can build it up again. thanks for your response 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsSmokey: I second lactation cookies. Drink a TON of water. Stay completely hydrated. Steel cut oats increased my supply ridiculously. Drink Mother’s Milk tea and try to relax and stay calm. Good luck!!
Post # 6
Oatmeal is a popular lactogenic. The best way though, is to nurse him often. It’s supply and demand, so the more he nurses the more you’ll make. kellymom.com is an excellent resource.
Post # 7
@MrsSmokey: You’re welcome.
Post # 8
@MrsSmokey: try nursing mothers tea (herbal tea you can find at the drugstore/health food store), eat tons of porridge. Is your pump the double electric? You can rent the top notch kind from hospitals/drugstores if not. Sit on the couch and watch tv and pump pump pump, for days. eat some more porridge. And then drink a beer. Seriously! It helps some women produce. And since you’re pumping you don’t have to use any milk you might get after the beer. Good luck mama!
eta: once the supply is back up it will be more likely he’ll be happy at the breast and not get frustrated there and then happy feeding!!
Post # 9
Have you tried fenugreek? My daughter is 6-months, but I was having supply issues with pumping. Started taking fenugreek recently and have noticed a pronounced increase when I pump. Worth a try!
Post # 10
Try to nurse, it’s easier on your body than pumping and will build supply easier. If you really cannot do it, then pump every 2 hours (and every 4 at night). I know that seems like a ton, but you need to do it to build up the “demand” the supply will slowly increase to meet it. Once your supply is up, you can probably go down to every 3 hours. At first it’s going to suck, I am not going to lie. You might get very very little, but you need to go past the point of the milk dropping, usually 15 minutes is reccommended.
Additional things to help- oatmeal, beer, keep as stress free as possible, drink a ton of water, and massage your breasts before pumping.
Good luck with this! It takes a lot of commitment, but you can totally do it!!!!
Post # 11
You could ask your doctor for a prescription for Motilium. I am taking that to help build up my supply.
Post # 12
Lots of calories, lots of water, lots of rest.
Try galactologues such as oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, fennugreek, lactation teas etc.
Lots of skin to skin – take a “nursing holiday” and get skin to skin with baby in bed for a weekend and really concentrate on nursing and bonding.
Nurse or pump at night when your prolactin levels, and therefore supply, are highest.
Get in touch with your local LLL so you can have some ongoing support
Definitely get in touch with an IBCLC (I guess they have them on staff at the postnatal ward / breastfeeding unit?) so you can have LO’s latch checked and get some professional and expert advice on relactating.
Good luck Mama and you can do it!
Post # 13
@Kemma: Cosign all of this. Support is key – both from fellow nursing moms at LLL and from an IBCLC (that’s an International Board-Certified Lactaction Consultant). I had a lot of trouble at the beginning, too, and it wasn’t until I saw an IBCLC, not just a LC or LE, that I was able to make strides.
Good luck mama!!
Post # 14
I’d see if you have any lactaction/breastfeeding consultants, clinics or drop in’s near you … they often have a TON of great advice, and are usually free/very cheap! Good luck mama!!
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Hand expression will also not deplete your supply so I would start with that rather than pumping which is known to decrease it, that way if it takes a while to get your babe to nurse you won’t be killing off what you do have.