(Closed) ways to increase milk supply?? (hypothyroid/ low supply)

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@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
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

I think if you’re supplementing with anything, that decreases the amount you produce, as Bridesmaid or Best Man 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
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@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
5789 posts
Bee Keeper




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 # 11
32 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
7768 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

You are hypothyroid but not balanced on medication?  (Just asking, because I am hypo too but I take synthroid).

Post # 14
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

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 # 15
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Marshmallow root

Post # 16
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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

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