Increase supply before birth? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 06-19-2012, 10:08 PM - Thread Starter
knittindigo's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I am 38 wks with my second child. When I had my first LO I was very young and because of things that were out of my control I was very malnourished. So breast feeding was impossible no matter how hard I tried. I really want to make sure I have a healthy supply of milk for my baby when she finally arrives. I've heard that drinking mother's milk tea is not safe during pregnancy because it induces labor. I'm 38 wks and my baby hasn't even dropped yet so I'm wondering if drinking it might help speed up the process? Are there any other ways to help increase milk supply before birth? Any input would be greatly appreciated! I plan on asking at my next dr appt but that's not for a few days..

knittindigo is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 3 Old 06-20-2012, 06:48 AM
KristyDi's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: The 'burbs of Atlanta
Posts: 2,681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I had never heard that mother's milk tea could induce labor so I have no idea.  I just wanted to encourage you not to worry about your baby not dropping yet.  My DD never really dropped until I had been in labor for several hours.


If you're interested in natural labor induction techniques there are quite a few like nipple stimulation, some herbs, sex.  You should ask your dr or mw and research those.  But remember due dates and even the standard 40 weeks are all averages. Assuming all else is well and you and baby are healthy I wouldn't worry about trying to speed labor along until you hit 40 weeks at the earliest.


As for ensuring a good supply the best thing you can do now is arm your self with knowledge.  You may have already done some or all of this, but I like being over prepared. is a great online resource.  Books like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and So That's What They're There For are great as well.  Another good resource is your local La Leche League.  Try to attend a meeting now before you give birth so you have already met the leader and some other BFing moms.  That way if you need help you can call someone you've met and chatted with rather than a total stranger.  Find the number of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in your area, just in case.


After your baby is here the best thing you can do to ensure good supply is nurse, nurse nurse.  Milk production is based on supply and demand so the more milk your babe removes from the breast the more milk gets made.  Forget the clock and feeding on a schedule and nurse whenever your babe is hungry.


Congratulations on your coming little one and best wishes for a successful nursing relationship!

Kristy, wife to Josh proud mama to Katie: since 3/08 and Emma since 8/12.

KristyDi is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 06-22-2012, 03:40 PM
phathui5's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Oregon
Posts: 17,021
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

I wouldn't worry about increasing your supply unless you have issues after your baby is born.


One thing that would be good to do, if you haven't already, is set up your support system for breastfeeding help now. Make sure you have the number of a good lactation consultant, find out about local La Leche League meetings. That way you know who to call when you have questions.

Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds   11yo dd  9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds  
phathui5 is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 15,420

138 members and 15,282 guests
1babysmom , 1blueheron , 1love4ever , 4thtimemama , A&A , acupuncturemomma , Ajbaby , AlaskAnne , angeebaby , autumngrey , AvitalHirschhorn , bananabee , BarefootBrooke , bexbex , blissful_maia , bluefaery , bren94 , Brittee , bruna , carnelianlight , chickabiddy , chkpea , Chloe'sMama , chuord , clar5108 , cocoheart , crittersmom , Daffodil , Dawn's mom , easttowest , elliha , ErinMomma , erratum , ess3 , frugalmama , funfunkyfantastic , FyerFly , gooseberry , gorgorita , greenemami , happydaze , happymamasallie , Havingababy1 , heyxxmcfly , hillymum , hopeful22 , ian'smommaya , Iron Princess , JayaSky , jojobean , joycef , junipermuse , katelove , Katie8681 , l3anne25 , Leelee577 , LeLuna , lightheartedmom , lilgreen , lilmissgiggles , LiLStar , Linda on the move , loba , maia71 , mama2004 , MamaLeti , mamamargo , mariamadly , maryeb , micaelvis , Michelle42 , Milk8shake , Mirzam , MissMuffet , mommyhood , Monk Monk , monkeyscience , moominmamma , MylittleTiger , neenamommy , Nemi27 , newmamalizzy , oaksie68 , Peony , philomom , prosciencemum , Proxi , pumabearclan , rcb215 , RollerCoasterMama , RosemaryV , rubelin , salr , samaxtics , sarafl , Selena Hoffman , shantimama , Shmootzi , sidrajedi , simmy1 , smilingprego , Smokering , sofreshsoclean , springersw , Springshowers , stegenrae , SummerStorm22 , Swolemates , TBallman , TheBugsMomma , thtr4me , Tigerle , Tracy , TrishWSU , Turner58800 , typebug , Viola P , wassernixe , WhiteRose , Wild Rose
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.