Post # 1
long story short… i have a hypoactive thyroid and my ob and lactation consultant think it is affecting my milk supply. i am currently supplementing lo with 1oz of formula at each feeding and i also just started taking fenugreek and pumping 8 times per day… any other ideas on how to increase supply???
Post # 4
@stephanie63087: Congrats on your son. Your birth story was very similar to my sons. I’m hoping the 2nd time around I won’t be at 9cm for 6 hours! Anyhow one of my very good friends had issues with milk supply and her Dr. Told her about this drug you can only get in Canada. She tried all the natural stuff too. Not sure how you feel about ordering online and not approved in the US, but my friend said it worked. She had 3 babies and the last one with this amazing drug she was able to breastfeed without supplements. Check with your Dr. Too of course. Here is the info.
Domperidone (Motilium) — it’s super expensive!!! I ordered it from an online canadian pharm.. that doesn’t exist anymore, but there are good ones out there.
Maybe a CanadIan bee can weigh in. Also go to your local health food store see what they have. I know there are other herbs etc. Also call your local Leleche? Place and see what they have to say. Good luck!
Post # 5
I think if you’re supplementing with anything, that decreases the amount you produce, as BM is increased by supply and demand. The more often a baby nurses, the more milk you produce. How do you know the baby isn’t getting enough or you aren’t producing enough…by the amount of wet diapers? Is he crying or rooting and seems like he’s hungry all the time?
I BF on demand and never supplemented at all, and only pumped to keep emergency milk if needed after I went back to work.
Are you drinking enough liquids?
Post # 6
Oatmeal, alfalfa tablets and believe it or not, a little beer can all increase milk flow. Myself, I would probably take a homeopathic remedy for that.
Post # 7
@ItWasntMe: This isnt actually true. For me, because my muchkin came early I never really got my milk in. I tried nursing all the time and pumping. Some mothers just can’t make the milk supply to be there.
stephanie63087 I drank mothers tea. It somewhat helped my production.
Post # 8
Have you been in contact with your endocrinologist both during your pregnancy and now? I remember you having issues months ago as my daughter was having the same or similar. She’s also now pregnant and her endo is having her labs done monthly.
I hope you can work this out.
this also says fenugreek is not recommended for women with hypothyroidism….
Post # 9
I pinned this for my sister who just had her baby 3 days ago:
Congratulations to you on your little one!!
Post # 10
@LuluH: hmmm i will have to look into that… makes me a bit nervous that yoou cant get it in the US…
@ItWasntMe: yea i know… thats why i am pumping 8 times a day. and my lo lost a lb… thats why the pediatrician wanted me to supplement. 🙁 yea he was rooting and screaming because he couldnt get enough…. i definately drink enough fluids (usually about 120 ounces a day or more) and i eat pretty balanced as well.
thank you for all the links! and yep… i have had my labs done every 4-6 weeks during my pregnancy… i just had them redone so my OB can check everything and hopefully raise my dose to help things along…. 🙁 its such a pain!
@MadTownGirl: thank you!!!
@trueblue14: hmm i have never heard of alfalfa tablets… i will have to check that out… i eat oatmeal a few times a week….
Post # 11
Fenugreek!!! Get the tablets and take 2 tablets. 3 times a day. Google recipes for ‘lactation cookies’ and express as often as you can.
Post # 12
No advice, just want to follow as I also have an under active thyroid and may need some of this info in the upcoming month.
I hope you are able to increase your supply.
Post # 13
You are hypothyroid but not balanced on medication? (Just asking, because I am hypo too but I take synthroid).
Post # 14
I also have thyroid issues and was fighting low milk supply. My dr said with thyroid issues I shouldn’t take fenugreek but that Goat’s Rue is safe. I’ve been taking it for a little over a week with GREAT results (no longer having to pump in addition to feedings.) Goat’s Rue isn’t the easiest to find but I finally found to capsules made by Motherlove. It’s also available as a tea. GOOD LUCK and I hope this helps!
Post # 16
see if you can get a script from the doctors for a drug called domperidon or something like that…. its actually for stopping motion sickness but it makes your milk come in awesome. I all but lost my supply when my daughte was born because of severe prolonged jaundice and the stress and fatigue that come with it.. Using those babies I had my supply back plus some in no time! It also helps to try to express in between feeds alternating 5mins each breast for 15 minutes. the extra stimulation really makes those milk glands wake up and start making milk! The medication does not affect the babies hormonal balane in any way