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I am 34 w pregnant. What can I do now to induce breast milk production as i didn't have sufficient milk in my 1st pregnancy? Any medications or food?
Breastfeed: The best way to make more breastmilk is to breastfeed more often. ...Read more
Breast milk: Nurse more often or pump more often. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more
Nurse often and pump: If you are trying to increase your milk production try to nurse your infant every 2-3 hours during the days, no more than 30 minutes of total feeding. After the feeding i would try to pump for 10 more minutes using a good electric pump. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat well. Breast feeding is a sensitive supply and demand system and the more the baby demands the more milk you'll make. ...Read more
No: Panadol (tylenol, acetaminophen) has not been associated with decreases in breast milk production. Though it crosses into breast milk no observable changes have been associated to nursing infants of mothers on acetaminophen. As with other drugs, consider use only if benefits to mother out weighs any potential risk to the infant. ...Read more
Should not decrease: If a person is eating plenty of foods and drinks, but dropped the number of calories (for example, by getting rid of the sugar and excess carbs in the foods and drinks), her body should make milk just fine. Her body has plenty of stored calories for use in milk-making... Which is why breast-feeding helps a woman lose weight if she eats fewer calories than needed each day. ...Read more
My wife's breast milk production has greatly reduced after her levoxyl (thyroxine) been readjusted to 50 from 75. Is it possible coz nothing else has changed.?
Unlikely: Although Levoxyl (thyroxine) can have endocrine and metabolic adverse effects, such as menstrual irregularities, i doubt that your wife's diminished breast milk production is related. As an aside, although Levoxyl (thyroxine) enters breast milk, adverse events to infant or mother during breast feeding have not been reported. I am not sure of the cause of your wife's decreased milk production. ...Read more
Super breastmilk!: There are many ways to increase breast milk supply. After nursing your baby, you can use an electric pump for another 10 minutes to stimulate supply. Also, you can take a vitamin supplement called fenugreek, drink a tea called mother's milk plus (sold at whole foods), and drink a non alcoholic malt beer like goya. Lastly, drink plenty of fluids. Godd luck! ...Read more
The hard way : Unfortunately the only proven way is to nurse often and then pump after each session, and to start this process early. There are home remedies that various cultures have used for ages, there are supplements that may provide variable success, but frequent nursing is the most established way. ...Read more
Herbs: Mothers milk tea. Fenugreek and blessed thistle have also been known to help. Homeopathic remedy ricinus 6c can help. Acupressure points (see a practitioner to learn them) can also boost your supply. Good luck! ...Read more
Pump or nurse more: Increasing milk supply is a classic supply vs demand. If you are also giving formula to your baby, and not nursing or pumping regularly, your milk supply will adjust accordingly. When you nurse or pump, make sure you are relaxed and comfortable and drink plenty of water. ...Read more
My breast milk supply is very low in one breast. 7oz in one and 2-3oz in other. Can I increase that one boob?
Maybe, yes: Using the more productive breast more frequently and giving the least milk productive breast more "rest" by alternating the suckling or expression of milk. However, it still may not be as productive because of a reduction in milk ducts compared to the other breast. ...Read more
How can I increase my breast milk supply , having 2 months baby , my milk not sufficient already taking leptaden, no use .Please help. Prefer to bf?
Fenugreek: There are several herbal supplements that supposedly help with milk supply, including fenugreek, brewers yeast, and milk thistle to name a few. Double pumping (both breasts at once) after nursing can be very effective. In the us, there is a prescription medication called "reglan" that has also been used off-label for this purpose. In other countries, "domperidone" is used. ...Read more
Yes: It is poss. 2 restore breast milk supply. Remember the concept of supply & demand.... Pump, pump, pump! the more u demand, the more u should produce. Don't get discouraged. You should also speak 2 your doctor about prescription meds like Reglan (metoclopramide) that act as galactogogues. Herbal supplements such as more more plus & others that contain goat's rue, fenugreek or milk thistle can be very helpful also. ...Read more
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