6 Weeks Away From one Year, Milk Going

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2008
6 Weeks Away From one Year, Milk Going
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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 10:12am

Good Morning,


I have written in the past and your advice has been invaluable.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-12-2006
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 10:25am

Have you done any routine pump maintenance lately?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2008
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 10:33am

I forgot to mention that I started taking the Fenugreek capsules four times a day.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 11:39am

The PP gave great tips.

You may already be doing this, but are you pumping after baby goes to bed and before you hit the hay (at least once)? Or even better for boosting supply do a dreamfeed of baby right before you go to bed. Baby won't wake but it will boost his total intake.

How much fenugreek are you taking? you might also add Blessed Thistle - they work well together. From Dr. Newman: "Two herbal treatments that seem to increase the milk supply are fenugreek and blessed thistle, in the following dosages:
Fenugreek: 3 capsules 3 times a day
Blessed thistle: 3 capsules 3 times a day, or 20 drops of the tincture 3 times a day

The tincture container states that blessed thistle should not be taken by nursing mothers, presumably because of the tiny amount of alcohol the mother would get. There are some preparations of both herbs that are labelled “not for use by nursing mothers”. Don’t worry about this; these herbs are safe for the mother to take because so little gets into the milk. Teas also seem to work, but to take enough to make a difference, you will be drinking tea all day and night, since the amount of the herbs you get is much less.

Fenugreek and blessed thistle seem to work better if you take both, not just one or the other."

Hang in there.



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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2008
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 3:29pm
I am taking Motherlove More Milk Plus capsules which have both fenugreek seed, blessed thistle, nettle leaf, and fennel seed.
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Registered: 07-25-2006
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 11:37am
How are you doing, mama?

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2008
Tue, 10-27-2009 - 6:07pm

Thank you for checking in on me. I have been able to get about 3, 3 ounce bottles out a day with 5 pumps. I am also still nursing him three times a day. This weekend was good nursing for us (well better than before). Also, he has been waking up once a night and I nurse then (third pump a day).

When I run short or can't do quite as many pumps, I have to use a freezer bag. I checked with the lactation consultant that I used coming home from the hospital, and she said that if he is healthy otherwise (which he is) that he should be fine with that amount of milk.

My older son is almost 8 and he is home with the flu (probably swine flu) so it is doubly important that I keep breastfeeding the baby.