Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: amu | 2011-11-25

Q.

dried up milk

my son is now 9 weeks and for the first 2 he was in icu, I had a lot of supply. when he came home i tried breastfeeding him but failed till yoday i still try but he cries . because he takes up a lot of my time i ended up not expressing. i want to try again and i have used my pump the small milk l that is there is not even a tespoon full. what can i do to increase my milk supply, can i get medication at a phamarcy. he is growing well on s26 but i would reallly prefer he has some breastmilk as well even if its one bottle a day

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The biggest stimulus to increasing your breastmilk production is your baby sucking at your breast. Try doing this as often as your baby is awake.Using your pump will also help to stimulate your milk production.Taking any medicines or herbs to increase breastmilk production is not recommended. Drink plenty pf water every day.Try to relax as much as possible when you breast feed as being stressed is not helpful for your breastmilk production.If you still cannot manage it would be a good idea to consult your nearest baby clinic for advice.

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Posted by: yandisa | 2011-12-19

Morning Doctor,

My baby is one week old and is having hicups, i have tried gripe water its not helping. she is on Nan. is this normal? what can i use

Reply to yandisa
Posted by: Purple | 2011-11-28

If baby is not wanting to latch, to help make things easier, start by latching baby when he is sleepy. So during the day look for when he starts sucking on his hands or sticking his tongue out as these are feeding cues before crying. If possible, spend a day or two in bed with baby - you in just your panties and baby in just a nappy so that he can just latch on and suckle whenever he wants to. If you don''t usually co-sleep, perhaps try it for a night or two to help getting your breast feeding going.

The other thing that helps with supply is demand feeding, so feeding when your baby is hungry and not waiting for a set time. Also, let baby feed as long as he wants adn when he''s finished, offer the other side and give it if he wants it.

I would suggest that you contact an organisation like La Leche League who have trained mothers available by phone and in person who can assist you (its free) and have monthly meetings where you can share wtih other moms who have quite possibly been through similar things to you, and soon you will be helping other new moms to get through the challenges you got through.

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