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How Many Feedings Can I Skip Without Making My Milk Supply Dry Out
1, 2: Not many. Your milk supply is determined by a simple demand and frequency of stimulation practice. If you skip feedings without pumping this signals to your body less demand, therefore less milk is made. Try to pump every 4 hours when you are away from your baby. See the CDC website for breast milk storage guidelines. ...Read more
Trying to nurse?: Are you trying to nurse or wean? I'm not clear from your question? If you are trying to nurse then just nurse the baby frequently on demand, drink lots of water. See a lactation specialist ...Read more
My working wife finds it difficult to feed our 5 mo baby during weekends. Is there any way she can increase her milk supply(prefrbly home remedies). ?
Pump regularly: Milk is produced based on demand. If she's only nursing on the weekends, then she's not going to make enough and will, in fact, start to dry up. She should be pumping on a regular schedule during the week to keep her supply up. This milk can also be stored and fed to the baby in bottles, which is better than formula in most cases. ...Read more
My newborn screams during bf, then latches again to feed for a few minutes then screams again. Milk supply is very good. New prob started 2 nights ago?
Review your recent: Diet for gas-producing, allergenic or strongly-flavored foods or new medications. Crying causes air-swallowing & gas cramps in infants.Burp her if the crying starts with feeds. Ask your hospital's nursery nurses or a lactation consultant to teach you the " colic carry, " a secure hold for tilting her bottom up to help her expel gas, as intestinal smooth muscle doesn't function perfectly yet. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, if you nurse less frequently your supply will decrease. ...Read more
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
Breast Milk Supply: Active ingredient is gaufenisin- which will not effect milk supply. However the dosage of guafenisin in Robitussin (guaifenesin) is low and not shown to be clinically effective. American college of chest physicians discourages the use of any over the counter cough medications as they are all ineffective. ...Read more
Are frequent long breastfeedings (2 hours) a sign of low milk supply? Also have to usually supplement night cluster feeds.
It usually only takes about 15 minutes on each side to empty the breast. After that he/she is just using you as a pacifier. If you are concerned about your milk volume, increase your fluids. Drink 8-12 ounces every time you nurse your baby. You can drink water, milk, juice or whatever you prefer just limit caffeine to one drink a day.
Also, eat! if you eat well your milk will be more satisfying. ...Read more
Will i need a doctors prescription to request for a medication that can dry up my milk supply and which medication would be best to use?
Stopping lactation: There are medications which can be used which do require a prescription, but there are some side effects which are not always desirable. Just stopping nursing will of course eventually cease milk production. Make sure about birth control , since you will ovulate before you will have your next period. ...Read more
3 months baby is refusing to breastfeed, will i still have a good milk supply to continue to feed her till she is 6 months if i only pump all the time?
Yes, consider LLL: Continuous pumping will stimulate your breastmilk supply, however the baby is the best stimulator. You may need to increase your pumping frequency to meet her growth spurts at times. You may also want to consider consulting la leche league (lll) for help with why your baby refuses to breast feed and how to keep your supply up. Congratulations on breastfeeding for the 3 mos already! keep it up! ...Read more
Is Go-lacta safe to use during breast-feeding to help with milk supply? The only ingredient in it is malunggay leaves
No good data:
Our science (MD) has not studied this product or it's active ingredients.
It may have some data on efficacy, but typically we do not prescribe such medications. It is a natural process, and is limited by a neuro-humoral pathway involving prolactin, etc. Relaxed state of mind and fluids in plenty help. ...Read more
I m breastfeeding +formula feeding my one month old baby.what can i do to increase my milk supply? As expressing milk is NT possible
I gave birth 5 months ago on the 3rd and milk supply dried and today i just noticed my right boob is leaking. Can that happen if i just conceived?
Yes: Retained placental tissue can decrease your milk supply. It can also be a source for infection in the uterus, and can lead to bleeding problems, so it is important to have the tissue removed as soon as possible. ...Read more
I am breast-feeding and am interested in doing a figure competition. How can I prepare for competition without affecting my milk supply?
Nurse,pump, exercise: Human breast milk has a high % fat, so nursing is like a small, daily liposuction. Don't take your diet down to unsafe levels. Exercise more, and nurse more. If your baby is full, and you desire to express more milk, you can use a breast pump. Get enough rest. Expect to be tired. As long as you are patient, you will see good results.I have had several patients go through the same experience. ...Read more
Are there any rx's that I can take to increase milk supply? I had a prior breast reduction that affected my ability to breast feed with my 1st baby.
Discuss with M.D.: Your obstetrician may be able to give you individual advice, and guidence. ...Read more
After several bottle feedings(pumped breastmilk) my 3 months old does not stay attached to breast.if i switch to pumping does it reduce milk supply?
Not really : Your breasts have a biochemical servomechanism so that if your kid (or the pump) sucks out say 2.5 ounces then the breast fills itself up with an additional 2.5 ounces. He may have a weak suck, he may have a tongue-tie. Best thing to do is just check weight gain. Can do that at doc's office. If growing well then child is getting enough food. ...Read more
What can increase your breast milk supply? Milk slowing down and i want to continue breast feeding (possibly pregnant again)
Feed to make more: The primary inducement to increased volume is frequent and efficient emptying. If you are introducing solids, make sure you breast feed first, and use the solids as a skill builder rather than a nutrition source. We want baby to learn how to take solids, but not to the point your flow drops.Pleanty of fluids and a balanced diet helps, la leche league has some good info available on their sites. ...Read more
I have a ten weeks old infant i stopped breast feeding at four weeks milk supply seemed small i haven t had a regular period but from time to tim star?
My son had a bowel obstruction surgery a day after birth , i was currently breast feeding but now my milk supply has decreased , what formula is best?
Several possibities: It is not unusual for the stress of such events to tax your strength and alter your milk production. You could enlist the aid of a breastfeeding coach (la leche league) and get your supply back up.If you are exhausted and have decided to go to formula there are many out there that will be suitable.Find one that baby will take and keep down without difficulty and stick with it. ...Read more
Hi dr,I'm a breastfeeding mum of 3.5 months old baby& still exclusively breast feed. If I take postinor2 for emergency, will it b ok for my milk supply&my bub? Since my baby haven't get anything yet but breastmilk. Thank you.
Will the birth control that is implanted in the arm decrease my milk supply or cause any harm to my 3 week old. Breast feed only?
No and No: No the small amount of hormones excreted into the milk does not have any affect on supply or any harm to baby. ...Read more