Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cee | 2012/02/22

Q.

Increase in Breast Milk Supply

As per my previous posting, I only breastfeed at night now and my breast milk supply has gone down. what can I take to increase it - what I have noticed is that even over the wknds when I breast feed regular, there is never enough milk and the milk finishes with just one feed. I am lucky that at night he doesnt feed much hence the little milk that is there is able to sustain him the whole night. is there supplements one can take? this is for a 7 mnth child by the way.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The stimulus to milk production is your baby sucking at your breast. Without this your milk supply will dry up. It seems that your baby is not breast feeding often enough and your breastmilk supply is getting less and less.You can try to express breast milk for his daytime feeds or else you need to find a formula he will take. Please see my answer below.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/23

You need to feed more often. The more milk that is removed from your breast, the more milk your body will make.

If you work, try to express every 2 to 3 hours during the day.

Mornings, evenings, night and weekends feed baby on demand, and if baby doesn''t ask, then offer at least every two hours.
What also helps with supply is to express for 3 - 5 minutes on each side immediately after a feed (as many feeds as you can), you won''t get any milk when you do this, but the stimulation helps to make more milk.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: sugger | 2012/02/22

I take espiride/eglonyl which helps with mild depression and increases you milk supply. I made a big difference for me!

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