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How can I keep my milk supply up?

How can I keep my milk supply up?

Breastfeed and pump: If a baby is not breastfeeding often enough, or is not drinking enough milk from the breasts at each feeding, then the mom can use a breast pump to maintain or increase her milk supply. She can pump her breasts in between breastfeedings and/or pump right after each breastfeeding. The milk can be stored in a freezer for later use. ...Read more

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How do I keep my breastmilk supply up while pregnant?

How do I keep my breastmilk supply up while pregnant?

Tandem? : Unless you are tandem nursing, ( nursing another child while pregnant) there is no need to do anything to produce milk for the unborn baby. Trust in your body. It knows what to do! ...Read more

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How can I maintain my milk supply?

How can I maintain my milk supply?

Good hydration: Keep yourself well hydrated, well nourished, and feed/pump to fully empty your breasts regularly. ...Read more

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How do I keep my milk supply up?

How do I keep my milk supply up?

Pump: You can increase your breast milk supply by pumping or nursing more frequently. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water as increased hydration will improve your milk production. Good overall nutrition is equally important. ...Read more

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What can I do to boost up my breast milk supply?

What can I do to boost up my breast milk supply?

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

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How can I manage my milk supply?

How can I manage my milk supply?

Supply and demand: If you are the mother of a newborn, nursing frequently will help to establish your supply. I encourage moms to nurse every 1 1/2-2 hrs. During the daytime, especially if the baby is not very demanding. At night, you should feed on demand, but no less frequently than every 3-4 hours. Once feeding patterns are established, feed on demand. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could boost up my breast milk supply?

Can you tell me how I could boost up my breast milk supply?

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

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How can I dry up my milk without being engorged?

How can I dry up my milk without being engorged?

Compress & Cabbage: Wear a tight sports brra or wrap your chest with a tight ACE bandage. Compresion can help prevent engorgement. A natural remedy is to wrap with refrigerated cabbage leaves. The cold combined with chemicals in cabbage leaves can help dry up the millk supply. ...Read more

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How can I decrease my milk supply?

How can I decrease my milk supply?

Decrease feedings: Your body will adjust the amount of milk it produces depending on how much it perceives your baby needs. (that is why some mom's can successfully nurse twins.) that being said, if you cut down on the number of breastfeeding sessions (and offer either expressed breastmilk or formula), your body will over time cut back on the amount of milk it produces. Do this gradually to avoid engorgement. ...Read more

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How can I keep my baby warm?

How can I keep my baby warm?

Hat, gloves, socks: Babies lose the most head through their head, so make sure your baby is always wearing a hat. Covering their hands and feet is also a good idea to help them keep warm. A useful tip is to see what you are wearing for the weather and dress your baby in one extra layer. This extra layer may be a swaddling blanket. ...Read more

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How can I incesase my milk supply?

How can I incesase my milk supply?

Increased lacation: You can increase your milk supply by nursing or pumping more frequently, staying well hydrated and rested, and by supplementing your diet with the herb fenugreek. Occassionally, doctors will prescribe Reglan, (metoclopramide) which in some people will stimulate or enhance lactation. Review the possible side effects of this drug first to make sure the benefit is worth the risk. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my milk supply?

How can I reduce my milk supply?

Slowly wean: Whether you are directly feeding or pumping, decreasing weekly by one feed or pumping session over several weeks should work well. ...Read more

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How can I increase my milk supply?

How can I increase my milk supply?

Empty breasts fully: If you are able to empty your breasts with each feeding or follow each feeding with pumping to release the final milk, your body will continue to increase milk production. Keep yourself well hydrated and nourished at all times and nurse frequently. ...Read more

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How can I lessen my milk supply?

How can I lessen my milk supply?

Reduce feedings: Plan on decreasing your breastfeeding sessions by one a day over several weeks. This will enable a slow steady decrease in production and a more comfortable weaning period. ...Read more

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What can I do to increase my milk supply while pumping?

What can I do to increase my milk supply while pumping?

Pump or nurse more: Breastmilk production is a supply and demand system. If you are trying to increase your supply you need more demand- which means more frequent stimulation of the breast, so either pump or nurse more. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I boost up my breast milk supply?

I was just wondering how can I boost up my breast milk supply?

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

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I have not produced milk in 3 months and my baby will not latch on, is there anyway i can get my milk supply to come back and get her to latch on?

I have not produced milk in 3 months and my baby will not latch on, is there anyway i can get  my milk supply to come back and get her to latch on?

Lactation lapse: 3 months is a long time to interrupt breast feeding and expect to get it back. Nevertheless, try to get that oxytocin (hormone that stimulate breast milk production) going again by frequent feeds, pumping or expressing. If the babe cannot latch on try expressing using a coffee cup, a shield, or repositioning but don't allow the babe to become dehydrated - look for wet diapers every four hours. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to eat from a bottle?

How can I get my baby to eat from a bottle?

Bottle feeding: I need to understand whether you are breastfeeding and stopping early to feed your baby formula through a bottle or feed an older baby solid foods through a bottle feeder. If it's the former, repetition is key. I hope you are not thinking of the latter as it is not recommended. ...Read more

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Will I be able to feed my twins with my milk supply?

Will I be able to feed my twins with my milk supply?

Yes: Breast milk supplies will increase to meet demand so don't worry about this. Women with twins or even tripplets who wish to exclusively breast feed can and do nurse all the time. ...Read more

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