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What Can I Do If I Am Unable To Pump Enough Milk
Is there a way to increase breast milk supply after it has gone low? I've been pumping and supplementing and unable to pump every 2 hours.
Mother's Milk: It's very difficult to keep your milk supply up if you are not pumping regularly, because your body down regulates, thinking you don't need it. Still, a tea called Mother's Milk, found in GNC and other vitamin stores, works well to increase milk supply if you drink it three times daily. Also, you can try Brewer's yeast capsules. Lastly, you could ask your obstetrician for a prescription for reglan (metoclopramide) ...Read more
What you have: The more you pump the better your breasts will feel afterwards. Also it will stimulate your body to continue to make more milk as your baby grows older and needs more to eat. Pump until your breasts feel soft and there are no hard areas. Using a double electric pump this often only takes about 15 minutes. Manual pumps will take longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep stimulating: Bodies and breasts need to be told to make milk. The two strongest signals are direct nipple and breast stimulation and infant crying. Two things that happen a lot with breastfeeding babies. So for pumpers who arent direct feeding, the stimulation is difficult. The pump is more vacuum than stimulant. Try direct stimulation with hands, shower, etc. Pump around feeds when baby is crying a lot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice packs: Apply ice packs to your breasts for 10-20 minutes at a time several times a day. ...Read more
It may vary: Certainly difference 2 month olds require different amounts of breast milk to grow and most of it depends on size. In general a baby this age needs to drink 150 ml/kg in order to grow. So if a 2 month old weighs 6 kg (about 13-14 lbs) he may need to drink about 30 oz or more to grow. ...Read more
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