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#1 of 2 Old 02-20-2014, 10:25 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm due with my second baby in June, and wasn't able to nurse my first 3 years ago. I made very little milk, he had latch issues, was in the NICU for mild jaundice, I got mastitis and production hit a low of 1 ounce per pumping session (every 3 hours for months), even with fenugreek supplements, teas, vitamins, etc. Around 5 mos my pump broke and I gave up.
Does anyone have suggestions for what to do while pregnant to help promote milk production? With my first son's birth, the doctor yanked the placenta out, then I had injections and pills galore to stop the bleeding- thinking this may have "dried" me up. Of course I'm hoping that won't happen again, but want to be prepared if milk production is still an issue.
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I would consult with an IBCLC to talk about the issues and discuss how to avoid them next time. Generally, it is good to nurse early and often. Nurse as soon after birth as you can. Do lots of skin to skin time. Talk to your doctor about delivering the placenta, if they put the baby skin to skin directly after birth, their policies on sending the baby to the NICU. Getting help with latch issues early can also be very helpful because a baby who eats effectively will remove the milk and tell your body to make more. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy!

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