Originally Posted by mightymoo
I am overdue and may end up having a planned c-section next tuesday if labor doesn't start soon. My first was a c-section and it took about 3 days for my milk to come in. Not horrible, but she did get really close to that 10% drop in weight before it came in that makes all the doctors/nurses panic and want to supplement. I am just wondering if there are any suggestions for things that might help my milk come in sooner this time - especially if it ends up being a c-section. Naturally we will start nursing right away and frequently (which we did last time), but I'm wondering if there are any suggestions for teas / supplements that may help. I don't want to overdo it and end up with a huge oversupply either, so I thought I'd see what the folks here thought.
My milk came in much faster the second time around, so this may be the case with you. I also had less medications, with an epidural block for pain relief after the cesarean. So I was able to nurse much more effectively than the first time. My milk came in the day after my csection, even though my baby really didn't start nursing "well" and eagerly until he was 13 hours old. He was very alert and awake, but didn't seem interested in nursing at all. More like he was checking things out. As soon as I was moved to my room, I began a liquid diet -- which I think helped me tremendously. I drank fluids, and ate like ice cream, milk shakes, etc. The next morning I ate a lite breakfast, and by lunch time the next day had a high protein meal. I think this also helped me because with my first cesarean I had to be flat on my back for over 24 hrs and was only allowed ice chips, and then was on a liquid diet for three days.
There are other things to build a supply, but I am not so sure I would do them to start out. Fenugreek and mother's milk tea, I have both done to relactate -- I prefer the Mother's Milk Tea!