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Old 06-10-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Best Thing To Increase Supply?

I was planning on breastfeeding my daughter exclusively for a year. When she was 9 days old we got a call from her doctor instructing us to switch her to soy formula immediately. Her newborn screening came back positive for a disease called Galactosemia - which we had never heard of before. Basically this means her body has little to no ability to break down the lactose in breastmilk. This disease can actually be fatal if left untreated and a baby is either breastfed or given milk based formula. Fortunately it's not possible for her to have the "classic" version of this disease (which would mean zero ability to break down lactose) but she now has a genetic specialist assigned to her case and we are awaiting the results of further blood tests in order to find out exactly what her body is able to handle. Initial testing indicates she has the varient of the disease (called Duarte Galactosemia) which often includes monitoring the child closely for 2 years and then living a normal life, unrestricted by dietary issues. This is obviously what we are hoping for, and if her enzyme levels prove to be on the higher end of the scale, she could return to breastmilk when she is 6 months old. I figure 6 months is still better than nothing.

When we put her on the formula I began to pump. I have a Medela PISA, and even though I was told I didn't need anything so powerful for staying at home with her, am I glad that I have it now. However, the pump is no match for an actual baby. I'm seeing my supply decrease, and I want to keep on pumping until I'm either told she can't have breastmilk, or (hopefully) she has enough enzyme activity to break down the lactose and I can go back to breastfeeding.

So for those of you who have tried the various options available, what did you find was the most effective way of increasing your supply? I'm going to start eating oatmeal everyday (figured that wouldn't hurt even if it didn't work) and I've heard of Fenugreek. Is that something I can buy at a nutrition store, like GNC? What other over the counter things can I try? I'm open for whatever works, be it herbs, eating certain kinds of foods, whatever. As long as it's safe, I'm willing to give it a go.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-10-2008, 06:04 PM   #2
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Re: Best Thing To Increase Supply?

Here's my standard answer I share with everyone. I keep a copy of it bookmarked.

Increasing your water intake. Try to get at least 80oz. in each day. I know that sounds like a lot! But it will help.

Eating oatmeal. Not instant-old fashioned rolled oats. You can add some honey and some brown sugar for taste. Looks for some cookie recipes that use rolled oats as a way to get these in to your diet. Oatmeal does wonders for your supply!

You can take alfalfa as a supplement. It's actually good for uterine muscle building, but also will help increase your supply. Just take the recommended dose on the bottle.

Fenugreek helps, too.

There are also a lot of foods you can eat to help. Anything rich in B Vitamins is great. Usually your green leafy veggies. Spinach is the best. Collard greens are great, too.

Also increase your protein intake
. Lean proteins are best. Turkey, chicken and eggs. Cottage cheese is really high in protein. Peanut Butter is too. PB on whole grain toast is a really good snack. Cheese, beans (black, pinto and kidney beans are best).

Then, you can also get some Emrgen-C. People usually take it when they're sick to get some mega doses of Vitamin C. But, they make some that's for energy boosting, it's higher in Vitamin B than in C (but still has vitamin C) You can do 2-3 packets of that every day. Emergen-C comes in little packets that you stir in to water and drink. It tastes pretty good.

If all else fails, you can talk to your OB about getting an Rx for Reglan.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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Wow, quick and highly informative! Thank you very much!!
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