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Is there anything I can do during pregnancy that will make my milk come in more or faster? I really want to nurse this time around, never had any success with my other 3. I just never had any milk. You can all say I was doing something wrong, but the fact is I never went through any of the stages of breastfeeding that people talk about. My breasts never got any bigger, never had any colostrum or leaking of anything. Never had any engorgment or any pain when nursing did not work out. I just stopped trying & had no changes at all. Is this at all normal? I can't really explain so well in words, but I have never heard of anyone having this problem. I drank fluids, ate healthy, but there was just never anything there. What can I do differently this time around? Any ideas???
 

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Start attending LLL meetings now, to start with! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Did you ask your doctor/midwife? There are some women who simply lack enough glndular tissue to produce much if any milk. I'd have it checked out beforehand to be sure it's not a physical problem.<br><br>
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I agree with Amy about attending the LLL meetings, those will be a great source of info and also help if you need it.<br><br>
If it makes you feel any better my breasts don't change during pregnancy either. No growth, no leaking, anything. Good luck!
 

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Seconded! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I agree, LLL and talking with an LC is a great place to start along with a physical exam of some sort to rule out certain causes. I am not one who has major breast change either and never really become engorged and have not leaked in my life, but I was able to BF, I just had to be extra careful with supply or it would dip really fast.
 

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Definitely seek out an LLL group in your area. From there, you may be able to get some information about lactation consultants in your area. I think it would be worth it to talk to an LC or your midwife/OB about your concerns. Having the support in place before you start your breastfeeding relationship is a really good idea.
 

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Anything a new person should know about attending a LLL meeting? I have never attended one, even though I nursed my last DS to 4 yrs (self wean). I was always afraid of not fitting in or something, so I never tried to go. Maybe I'm just goofy??
 

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If you want to touch base first, call the leader of the group and say hi, and that you're planning to come and wanted to introduce yourself. But it's not necessary.<br><br>
Groups start with a little explanation of what LLL is, and introductions, and then the leader usually asks if people have questions or just starts up the topic of the month. It's very very casual - no need to be worried.
 

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I was looking into the meetings, but there is nothing in my area that really fits with my schedule. I was thinking about trying the online meetings. Anyone try those out before? Also, I met with an LC after DD2 extensively because I was determined to make it work, but alas, it did not make a difference. I am also going to try for a drug free birth & hope that it might help. DD1 was a preemie which made everything harder. With DD2 I had lots of drugs & an epidural & DD3 was a c/s so I was also on a lot of meds. Does anyone know if that will make a difference? Also, I read about some medications that help with milk supply. Reglan? Something else too, can't remember the name. Anyone know about those?
 

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You rmilk never even come in after your bay was born?<br><br>
There are things you can do, there are homeopathic remedies you can take. I'd suggest to make an appointment with a professional homeopath, that would certainly make a huge difference.<br><br>
Here is a website of an Australian woman, she's a prof. homeopath and LC and she specializes in using homeopathy during breastfeeding. Check it out and if I was you I either find a local homeopath or contact this lady at least for a help!<br><a href="http://www.patriciahatherly.com/" target="_blank">http://www.patriciahatherly.com/</a><br><br>
Remedies Lac Maternum or Lac Canine can be given to women with no or low milk production. But the list of remdies that could be used gose byond those two remedies. As I said the best would be ti visit a professional.
 

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Having a medicated birth definitely effects milk supply and how quickly it can come in (for an example: my sister had some drugs with DC#1 and her milk took a full week to come in, but with unmedicated births of DC#2 & #3 her milk came in within just a few days). A natural birth will have the most benefits for milk coming in. Excess bleeding during labor can also negatively effect milk supply and when it comes in. Even if you can't attend a LLL mtg, you can still contact a leader and see what advice you can get from her. Good luck to you!
 

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I did a lot of reading about breastfeeding before my first DD came. I got "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and found the Kellymom site (<a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com</a>) so I felt a lot more prepared when I started actually trying to breastfeed. It was a tough beginning! But knowing what the range of normal was really helped. And I re-read for inspiration when I felt like quitting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Some women don't get the feeling of milk coming in or any leaking but they are still producing milk. Agreed with the PPs that you can begin attending LLL meetings for a good start. Once you have your babe they can help you latch him/her on, and make sure the babe is getting milk (audible swallowing, weight increases after a feeding, etc).<br><br>
LLL also has a really good lending library so you don't have to spend money buying any books <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, and once you've given birth there are some things you can do/ take to increase your milk supply:<br><br>
* Make sure you're well-rested and very well hydrated. Every time you sit down to nurse you should be drinking too.<br><br>
* Eat oatmeal<br><br>
* Fenugreek is an herb that increases milk production. It makes you smell like maple syrup but there's no adverse effects on the babe<br><br>
* Domperidone can be prescribed by your doctor should you need more help than the above can provide<br><br>
* Some people report success with Mother's Milk Tea as well<br><br><br>
Also, you can visit the Breastfeeding forum here. It's got a lot of good tips for beginners and moms having problems.
 

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I second the Mother's Milk suggestion. I used it when my milk supply began mysteriously dipping during DS's 7th month, and I went from a declining milk supply to having to wear nursing pads again in the course of a week. It was really amazing and a lifesaver.
 

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If you don't have LLL near you, your health dept. should be able to help you find a lactation consultant. Nettle and alfalfa are more good tea herbs to help with milk supply, as well as pregnancy.
 

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I cant give any extra advice ... these ladies seem to have given you great tips though.<br><br>
I have a friend who came to me looking for advice to help her supply & I suggested Fenugreek after internet research & she said it helped!?!<br><br>
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DO you happen to have any gut issues? Chronic constipation/diarrhea, crohn's disease, IBS, colitis-anything like that? Let me know-it's very connected.<br><br>
If the issue is insufficient glandular tissue, you'd likely know. Did your breasts get larger during pregnancy? If not-there are things you can do. Goat's Rue is a supplement that increases glandular tissue.<br><br>
Homeopathy would be a great choice. It really works wonders. Find a licensed classical homeopath for best results.<br><br>
Plenty of herbs will work, but you should address the underlying problem. It could have been an issue with the baby. A poor latch/inefficient suckle will not stimulate a milk supply. This will be the case even if it seems the babe is nursing non-stop. A disorganized suckle doesn't tell the body that it needs milk.
 

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I am going to have a talk with my midwife when I see her next week because I really think it is something with my body & not the babies. I tried nursing with all three of them & the problem was always the same so I am thinking it is not anything the babies are doing, but something in my body. Maybe some homeopathic remedies would be a good idea. Thanks
 
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