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How can I increase my milk supply? I have noticed the last couple of days it is really low. Last night my dd was nursing all night and I would think she was done but then she would cry for more even though she had just nursed for 1/2 hour or more. I just feel really empty and I need to increase it. I am not ready to give up nursing. Any suggestions would be great. Also what would cause the decrease in supply?
 

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All of the tips here are taken from the "sticky" at the top of the BF'ing Challenges board. Unfortunately most of the links are probably inactive; they change all the time. I don't have time to update them now but you should be able to "google" the article titles. If there is anything in particular you can't find feel free to PM me and I'll try to look it up. I use the meta search engine "Dogpile" and simply search the article title and look for the source in the results. Oftentimes you'll get the same dead link but you should find what you are looking for relatively quickly.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=718189

AF - SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATION
I have heard that supplementing with Calcium/Magnesium may help with AF related supply issues. Here is a Kellymom link for various "Natural Treatments" Jump to the section titled, "Low milk supply associated with menstruation: Calcium/magnesium supplement".
http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natural-treatments.html

REVERSE CYCLING
If it is consistent with your sleep needs and parenting philosophy you might want to consider co-sleeping and keeping the self-serve Milk Bar open all night to encourage reverse cycling. The more milk your baby gets overnight the less he should need during the day. If safety is a concern check out Kellymom and look up the family bed. They give lots of safety tips.

SUPPLY BOOSTING TIPS
Again, start with the basics, make sure you eat enough protein, drink enough water and limit your caffeine and get enough rest (good luck with the last one). Regarding supplements, consider trying herbal combinations such as "More Milk" or "Rescue Remedy" or have you considered "Mother's Milk Tea?

Or you could try some of the various herbs by themselves: Fenugreek, Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Alfalfa, Etc. (check Kellymom.com for a more complete list and info on dosages).

It is important to do your own research on each of these herbs and decide whether you are comfortable with them or not. I don't remember much research regarding Alfalfa however, I stopped taking it when I learned it is not recommended for anyone with Lupus. I don't have Lupus and neither does DD but Lupus runs in my husband's family and I don't want to pre-dispose my daughter.

Something else to keep in mind, if I remember correctly Fenugreek is in the peanut family so you may want to avoid that particular herb if you have a history of peanut allergies in your family.

Regarding oatmeal (cereal, cookies, etc.), I have always eaten a lot and couldn't say whether it ever made any difference. You could also try Oatstraw Tea. If you are take oatmeal to help boost supply keep in mind it can be filling so don't let it replace your protein/fat. For instance, you wouldn't want to trade your egg and cheese breakfast sandwich for a bowl of oatmeal. Or if you have the oatmeal add plenty of walnuts &/or peanut butter.

Also, some women seem to respond well to a nice piece of steak. Oddly enough, the steak would seem to work occasionally, but not always, for me.

I have also heard that the milk boosters oatmeal and brewer's yeast have two components in common, Inositol and Choline. Inositol is a B vitamin (It may or may not be unofficially "numbered" B8). Supposedly Inositol and Choline work together to increase the effectiveness of Oxytocin. If you are curious --or for the benefit of anyone else thinking about trying this-- I tried a regimen of 400 - 500 mgs of Inositol and 2.5 grams of Choline.

The first time I tried this regimen I didn't really stick with it long enough to see if it made any real difference but my impression was that the tea regimen of RRL, Nettle, & Oatstraw worked better for me. I tried the Inositol / Choline regimen again recently and saw a pretty dramatic increase, anywhere from a 50% to 100% increase after about a week to a week and a half. However, it seemed to make me dizzy. The dizziness went away about two days or so after discontinuing the Inositol and Choline regimen. If I were desperate I might try it again on a very reduced dose, which would mean cutting the tablets.

What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?...Herbal remedies for increasing milk
http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milks...actagogue.html

Increasing Low Milk Supply
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html

Let-down Reflex: Too slow?
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/letdown.html

Marmet Technique
http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html

I'm not pumping enough milk. What can I do? http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/letdown.html

Choosing a Correctly-Fitted Breastshield http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/faq/b...hield_fit.html

How to bottle-feed the breastfed baby
...tips for a breastfeeding supportive style of bottle feeding http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html

Co-Sleeping - Making it Work and Making it Safe http://www.kellymom.com/pantley/pantley21.html

What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?...Herbal remedies for increasing milk
http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milks...actagogue.html

Increasing Low Milk Supply
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html

Choosing a Correctly-Fitted Breastshield http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/faq/b...hield_fit.html

How to bottle-feed the breastfed baby
...tips for a breastfeeding supportive style of bottle feeding http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html

Co-Sleeping - Making it Work and Making it Safe http://www.kellymom.com/pantley/pantley21.html
 

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Has your cycle returned, or might that be the case? My supply normally drops a couple times a month for several days. We just nurse more frequently and make sure to drink tons of fluid. Plus, the pp has some awesome info too!
 

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Is your daughter teething? My little one would nurse like a newborn when she started teething. I sometimes resorted to a little Tylenol or Motrin so we could both get some sleep.

If you find that this is a supply dip due to menstruation, you can take calcium/magnesium supplements to avoid that dip in the future. Interestingly, I always take cal/mag and never have a dip in supply at AF time.
 

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Just because you "feel empty" doesn't mean your supply has run low. Your breasts naturally feel less full as you LO grows up, and demand evens up with supply.

Here's the link to the stickie at the top of the BF challenges. Keep up the good work!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=718189
 
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