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Old 11-21-2007, 06:24 PM   #1
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Some one else with supply issues . . .

I have never been able to successfully breastfeed untill now . . . my third baby. i was so excited that she took to breastfeeding and we were doing so great at it. but lately she has been wanting to nurse every hour or 2 and doesn't seem satisfied when she is done, or she falls asleep. i really want to nurse for the first year but at this point i'm feeling like i might not make it to christmas. help me! what can i do to up my supply? i've started pumping but barely get an ounce!

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Old 11-21-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Some one else with supply issues . . .

That sounds like a growth spurt to me.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/growth-spurt.html

Does that sound right?
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:25 PM   #3
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I agree with the growth spurt thing. You can eat some oatmeal and/or drink some Mothers Milk tea.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:33 PM   #4
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I took blessed thistle and fenugreek for 3 weeks and now I can feed all day and still pump up to 10 oz sometimes in a day ......my freezer and fridge are now full of milk.
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Re: Some one else with supply issues . . .

the info on growth spurt looks like that is what it could be. but she seems to play or seems distracted while she is nursing i think she may not be getting enough
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Re: Some one else with supply issues . . .

ITA with the others. She's about at the right age for another growth spurt. The frequent nursing is her way of helping your body up its supply. Just make sure to drink plenty of fluids.

If worried you can try fenugreek, oatmeal, mother's milk tea... but be careful, oversupply isn't very fun.
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Re: Some one else with supply issues . . .

where can i find fenugreek and blessed thistle? and how is it taken?
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I've never taken blessed thistle so I can't speak to that (though I bet www.kellymom.com has information) but you can find fenugreek at most grocery stores in the supplement aisle. You'll know when it's working because you'll smell like maple syrup. It's been a long time since I've taken it but dosage depends on the particular brand and the concentration.

www.kellymom.com will have more comprehensive information on the herbal remedies for upping supply. She's very, very reliable and her information is well researched.
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mama, keep feeding anytime she wants for however long. i was worried too, but after bf for 3 days after talking with the ped about my concerns i was shown ds was getting enough, he gained 3 oz in 3 days. it gave me the confidence to keep bf and now hes chunking up fast..lol
oatmeal is good for supply.
fenugreek is pills you take. blessed thistle i think is tea.
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I don't think the distracted thing means she's not getting enough.. I think she's getting older and more interesting things are happening around her!! Hope the fenergreek works for you
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