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Post by RobbieandLexisMommy on Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:47 pm

Lexi and I are doing fairly well breastfeeding, but I still have to pump and give her a bottle when my boobs can't keep up with her. She is already taking 4oz at some feedings!!! She gained a lb. in 1 week!!!

Anyone have any tips to really boost my supply?

Did your doctor tell you to supplement with Vitamin D? I forgot to ask the Dr. at her checkup if I should.

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Post by tweetie462 on Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:49 pm

I've always had to supplement with formula - i never produced enough on my own...i've used Enfamil with Iron for all 3 kids - Enfamil Lipil with Iron for DD and this one. Pumping wasn't an option for me - I would only be able to pump out maybe .5 oz to an ounce after not feeding for 3 hours (or longer), so I gave up on the pump and luckily my kids never had any problems having breastmilk and then formula.
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Post by mythreesons on Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:59 pm

Luc's pediatrician said that during the winter months I should supplement him with vitamin D...She recomended Tri-Vi-Sol...You can get it at any pharmacy...She said during the summer months it's not as necessary since we'll be outside more...I was doing well pumping but the last 2 times I've tried I've not gotten more than 2oz out of the 2 sides combined...I know there's Reglan which is prescription and increases milk supply(but can worsen depression symptoms).Or there's an herb called Fenugreek...You can take that as a pill or drink it in tea form...Apparently when your urine smells like maple syrup you are taking enough...LOL...I can't take it with the blood thinners but will take it after that...Hope that helps...

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Post by Kim on Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:11 pm

I took the prescription Reglan...it really is supposed to work wonders but when you have no milk to come in...it doesn't work so well...I have heard of the herb shannon mentioned and there is also some tea...I forget what it is called though.
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Post by sanderson0705 on Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:12 pm

I took fenugreek, it works, not wonders but definately a difference. And yeah, YOU will smell like maple syrup, not just your urine Smile Everyone always commented about smelling pancakes geek
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Post by mythreesons on Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:25 am

LOL about pancakes...I'm not a fan of maple syrup...it's too sweet to me...yuck...
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Post by rocknrollmommy616 on Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:46 am

I was watchnig the news and yes, I heard you are supposed to supplement with vitamin D, cuz kids aren't getting enough. All I can say to boost your milk is to take very warm showers before feedings, with your breasts facing the shower head. I was told to pump for 10 minutes on each breast before feedings to get my milk going. Don't wear any tight bras (go braless i guess if you have to), and if you do pump between feedings or anything, make sure you are looking at your LO, it is supposed to boost your milk supply. Other than that, though, I can't tell you what to do. Those are the things my Lactation consultant told me to do and I still couldn't get him to latch, then my milk dried up. sooo... maybe PP have good advice!
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Post by mnelson80 on Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:16 pm

I don't have great suppy either. I'm supplimenting some and not trying to stress about it. I used the tea last time and I'm not really sure if it helped much or not. I feel like I have better supply this time since he is actually nursing but I don't think I'll be able to keep up when he gets bigger. I seem to only get about 2-3 oz combined when pumping after 3 hours or so. When he actually nurses I don't really pump at all because I only can get about 1oz and it's just not worth cleaning all that stuff for one oz.

The LC at the hospital just told me agian about the massaging and thinking about LO to try to get a better let down before pumping.

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Re: Breastfeeding

Post by PolloLoco75 on Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:17 pm

When I was in the hospital Nate was breastfeeding like a champ. Then he was diagnosed with jaundice 2 days after being born. They wanted me to supplement with formula after every feeding - so I did. Well once he realized he could get food faster and with less work he wanted nothing to do with the boobs. It broke my heart. So he would latch, suckle maybe twice, spit out the boob and scream. So I have been pumping like mad. I only get one oz in most times. I started drinking the mothers milk tea today and am hoping it works. I have come to grips with him not liking the boob but I still want him to have the breast milk if possible. That and my DH is all about the BF-ing. I am about to go and make myself another cup o tea. I do get tired of pumping. 20 minutes every few hours is just draining... LOL Literally.
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Re: Breastfeeding

Post by jessijennings on Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:37 am

I cried so much like the first night we where home it was awful I couldnít seem to feed him enough I would nurse and nurse and he would still cry like he was starving. But then he gave me a milky spit up in the morning and slept for three hours so I guess he was just getting my milk in. I keep getting told by our nurse that the best thing to do is just let him on my nipple whenever he wants, as much as I can stand it but boy it does make you sore.. I havenít pumped I was told not to try to pump until after the first month. They spend the first month getting your milk supply up to what they want (according to what I was told) so its best to just let them and not pump till after that.. also I donít have a pump but there are some nights when If I did I would probably.. and my dh would love it he is pretty jealous of the breast feeding thing..

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They told me the same thing about jaundice, but I wasnt willing to do that until I talked to la leche. I was afraid it would mess up our breast feeding. However it was a stupid nurse who didn't know what she was talking about not the doctor so we weren't asked to do that... If we had been im not sure how i would have handled it. But im pretty sure i would have done whatever i needed to for my baby even if it involved no more breast milk.. and seriously some milk is better then none. If you have to stop feeding him breast milk know that you gave him some at least and you did what you could. I wish for your sake you could get him back on the boob though.
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