U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

im a brand new mom and my milk is drying up, but i don't want to give my baby formula. what can i do?

2 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Breast feeding tips: If you are ill or under a lot of stress, or take certain medications, your milk supply may be low. Also, hormonal disorders such as a thyroid imbalance can cause low breast milk volume. Assuming you have no medical problems try these tips: 1/eat when the baby eats and sleep when the baby sleeps - rest is important 2/ drink lots of liquids 3/ nurse your baby every 2 hours for at least 20 minutes.
Dr. Theresa Willett
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Some moms swear by fenugreek tea as an additional way to help with supply. Stress is a big factor,though, and hard to avoid! A hand or electric pump might help stimulate milk production between feeds, but if he seems satisfied for more than 2 hours, is peeing, pooping well, he may be getting plenty after all!
Jan 22, 2012
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Pump/feed often: Breastmilk supply does its best to keep up with demand so if you think your milk production is falling a little short increase the demand. A couple times a day pump after your baby nurses. Stimulating your breasts when they're empty tells your body "the baby finished all the milk and is still hungry - i better make more". And remember to rest when you can, eat well, and stay hydrated.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Jun 4, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.