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Name: kristaspring
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I had my first child 2 months ago and for the last week or so my milk has not been coming in , usually at night but sometimes during the day. Please help my daughter freaks out when she is feeding and there is no milk, I feel so bad !!!! I try hot tea but it only works sometimes.
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Name: firewife | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 12:19 AM
Are you supplementing? How many wet diapers does she have in a day? If she is having less than 5 wet diapers, you should be concerned that she may become dehydrated. While I am not one to normally suggest supplements, you may need to until your supply is re-established, I would suggest a SNS (supplemental nursing system) to avoid nipple preference/confusion. There are several herbs you can try to increase your supply, fenugreek, blessed milk thistle, Mamas milk, try googling "increasing milk supply" I would also recommend talking to a lacation consultant (LC) your local hospital should be able to direct you. A LC may have other alternatives she can also talk to your OB about getting a RX to increase supply, I think its called Reglan?? Please do not give up yet, have a "nursing holiday", take baby to bed with you for a couple days and do nothing but nurse and pump in between every feeding, good luck. 

Name: kristaspring | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 12:57 AM
I supplement with formula when I have to.. She has plenty of wet diapers so I know she is ok ... to keep nursing doesn't work though because in the middle of feeding my milk well just run out .... 

Name: KarenM | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 3:38 AM
Great advice firewife! (I've heard wonderful things about Fenugreek - you were right, the drug is called Reglan). I notice that my milk sometimes is in short supply in the evenings also. It is usually when I have had a busy day and haven't eaten as much as I should have, or have had to little water/liquid during the day. You could try eating/drinking more, if you think it might help...good luck! 

Name: firewife | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 1:35 PM
Thanks Karen, BF was a struggle for me in the begining but I think we are pros now.

Krista, nursing is supply and demand, the more you nurse the more milk you make, if you are offering formula, then baby is not nursing, supply goes down. Thats why I suggested the SNS, baby gets nourishment and your breasts get stimulation to make more milk, same thing with the pump, it will take a few days, but your body will began to recongize that baby needs more and will began to produce. The herbs will really help as well. You said you tried hot tea but did you try the lacation tea? How do you know that your milk is "running out"? is it because you are not feeling the let down as much? that is normal. If she has plently of wet diapers, she is obviously getting enough. She could be crying because the flow has decreased, which happens after a few minutes, breast massage may help the milk flow faster or she could just need to switch sides, my son switches sides frequently, its normal for some babys, I guess they feel they need a "fresh one". I would try fenugreek (3 pills 3x a day, you will smell like maple syrup) and the lacation tea along with the SNS and pumping inbetween every feeding, give it a week, if you don't see signifcant results call your OB and request Reglan. Throw the bottles away so you are not tempted to give up. 

Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Oct 19th, 2006 8:33 PM
Don't give formula! Put her to the breast as much as she demands.

Fenugreek is great! 

Name: kaitlynn1835 | Date: Oct 21st, 2006 4:01 AM
Any time you supplement, you should be pumping also. It's okay to supplement if your milk is not enough, put ALWAYS pump at the same time to help bring up your supply. But as long as you put her to the breast each and every time she asks for it, that should do it for you. Fenugreek, oatmeal, mother's milk tea, all of these can help boost your supply. I recommend sleeping with her for a while, so she can stay on the breast as long as she likes. It may take a while to get her to sleep on her own again, but you will have your supply back, and isn't that what you want? Good luck :-) 

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