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Old 10-04-2012, 07:41 AM   #11
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She can go on Reglan to boost her supply. Worked great for me. Medicaid will pay for it if she has state insurance.

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:23 AM   #13
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Out of curiosity, where in Western NY are you? I'm in Rochester and my friend helps run a local LLL group.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:36 AM   #14
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Taking things to boost a supply are pointless if baby isn't constantly at breast and having good milk transfer. There are hot lines to speak with a breastfeeding specialist. Usually at the hospital she birthed at. She should call there
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Taking things to boost a supply are pointless if baby isn't constantly at breast and having good milk transfer. There are hot lines to speak with a breastfeeding specialist. Usually at the hospital she birthed at. She should call there
Baby on breast is way better than supplements, if that doesn't work she might need the real drug stuff. But I too had a bad experience with my LC where I birthed, didn't get back to me for several days.

Here are the NY counties for la leche league. Almost all offer direct phone numbers for leaders who can give personal advice. She could probably even call to another county if someone doens't answer in hers.

http://www.llli.org/web/newyork.html

Seriously, LLL women are the easiest folks to get a hold of in the world.

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If there is no local LLL check Breastfeeding USA to see if there is a local Breastfeeding counselor. A local hospital may have lactation consultants, as may her peds office!
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I was struggling with DS1, and I was having problems contacting my local LLL. My mom got on the phone and just started calling LLL leaders in the area until one answered their phone. She gave her my number and instructions to call immediately. I was so thankful and even just over the phone I felt like I got great help. I also promptly made an appointment with an IBCLC for additional in-person help. It made all the difference in my nursing relationship and IMO saved my ability to BF.
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Re: Help! Friend losing milk supply quick, and baby only 6 weeks old!

I struggled with DS with the same problem, but my total output was 4oz a day.
These are the things that helped me:
Switch nursing - back and forth multiple times per nursing session.
See a lactation consultant to make sure latch is perfect.
See pediatrician to check for tongue ties, and poor suck.
Domperidone! (I took the max dose for 6 months and this made the biggest difference out of everything.)
Make sure all supplementing is done at the breast - get comfortable placing and using a feeding tube while nursing.
Get a my breast friend nursing pillow since they have a convenient pocket for holding the supplement bottle.
Pump for at least 15 minutes after every feeding.
Never go longer than 2 hours between feedings. If baby is sleeping, then pump instead.

Make peace with not having a full supply. Not everyone can breastfeed exclusively and if your body can't live up to your expectations, it can be crushing. Accept that you have to feed your baby whatever you can and any breastmilk you can provide is a good thing. Don't push yourself too hard...All of these measures are exhausting and if it's taking a toll on your health (mental or physical), formula isn't the end of the world.

I spent 7 months desperately trying to exclusively breastfeed and managed to get my supply up from 4 oz per day to 12-14oz per day. It more than tripled, but was still less than a third of what my son needed each day. The best advice to give her is to accept that her body might not work perfectly. This website helped me a lot: http://www.noteveryonecanbreastfeed.com/

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I just found out a bit more about her problem....she has inverted nipples. Shes tried the shield, no help.

BUT, she is looking into getting a hospital grade pump, and hopes to pump more often to get the flow going.

Thank you for all your ideas!!! I've let her know about them, and she seems excited to try
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Re: Help! Friend losing milk supply quick, and baby only 6 weeks old!

When she uses the sheild be sure that she is inverting halfway before placing it on the breast. Then place the cup over the nipple and flip the rest of the shield into place. This will help draw the nipple out. She can also use the pump or manual stimulation to help pull out the nipple. The more that nipple is drawn out the more it will want to stay there.
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