Do I need herbs?

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Registered: 02-24-2006
Do I need herbs?
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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:42pm

Hi, and thanks in advance for your help!


I work fulltime out of the home and also have an 8 month old daughter.

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 4:13pm

Herbs may help, but let's look at the whole picture real quick too:

how many times / day does baby nurse?
how many bottles (size of bottles?)?
how many times / day do you pump?
what kind of pump?
how much / what time does baby get solids?

Follow up and lets go from there.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Fri, 02-26-2010 - 10:51pm

in addition to the questions the pp asked,

-is DCP using the paced bottle feeding method?
-Are you still using the slowest flow newborn nipples?
-Do you do any pumping on the weekend for "extra"?

Anything you do to increase supply needs to be coupled with increased demand (more BF and/or more pumping).

Your weight does not have a whole lot to do with your supply - even those that are close to malnourished (ie in 3rd world countries) are able to fully BF. There is also no need to drink a lot of water or other fluids

"What IS needed for maintaining an ample supply of milk?

The main thing needed to maintain an ample milk supply is simple --
The more often and effectively your baby nurses, the more milk you will have.

Occasionally, a mother's calorie or fluid intake can affect milk production:

* Calories: In general, you should simply listen to your body and eat to appetite - this is usually all you need to do to get the calories you need. Counting calories is rarely necessary unless you are having problems maintaining a healthy weight. Excessive dieting can reduce milk supply, but sensible dieting is generally not a problem.
* Liquids: It is not necessary to force fluids; drinking to satisfy thirst is sufficient for most mothers. Unless you are severely dehydrated, drinking extra fluids is not beneficial, may cause discomfort, and does not increase milk supply. It is not necessary to drink only water - our bodies can utilize the water from any fluid.
* The main message on calories and fluids -- Eat when hungry & drink when thirsty." http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-diet.html#supply

Do BF moms need extra calories or fluids? http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mom/mom-calories-fluids.html

HTH! Follow up with the questions and we can go from there.



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Registered: 02-24-2006
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 12:25am

how many times / day does baby nurse?

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 02-27-2010 - 3:02pm

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 8:07am

When you say over the weekend, she nurses 8 times in 48 hours, do you actually mean 8 times in 24 hours? Nursing only 4 times a day at this age doesn't sound like quite enough to me.


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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 8:10am

Getting back to the main questions, a little fenugreek for a boost can't hurt, especially since you're trying to build back up from being sick and having lowered supply from that. I'm not really convinced you need them long term but it's worth a try. We'd recommend 6-12 capsules of fenugreek per day with each capsule containing 580-610 mg. Here's some more good info on fenugreek: http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksupply/fenugreek.html


Hope that helps!


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Registered: 02-24-2006
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 1:11pm
Oops, yes, at least 8 times in 24 hours.
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Registered: 02-24-2006
Sun, 02-28-2010 - 1:26pm

In terms of the 1 oz per hour, for the first three months in day care I think she was having as little milk as possible (like 7 oz total in 9 hours), and then would get lots of milk from me from the time we got home and then all through the night.

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Mon, 03-01-2010 - 11:12pm

One last thing about the bottles...there's a nipple called "variable flow" it only gives milk when a baby sucks...nothing dribbles out otherwise...it's supposed to help mimic the breast even better than slow flow newborn nipples...you may want to check that out for daycare...

Good luck with pumping...I had really good results nursing on one side and emptying out the other with the pump when I was trying to stock some up...baby got enough out of one breast and I had an "even" supply demand by pumping the other...of course I was only successful for 3 months so I'm not an expert bfeeder by any means :)


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