I'm struggling with my milk supply! I exclusively(manual) pump my daughter and she just recently turned 7 weeks. My supply fluctuates. One day it's up and the next it's a struggle. It's really frustrating me and I just want to give up all together. Is there anything I can do or take to solve this?
Thanx so much
Congrats on bf your lo either way I really take my hat off to moms who express exclusively.
How often do you express and how much does your lo drink per day?
How much do you get out per session?
There are soooo many things to consider - stress, energy levels, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated etc.
The amount you express is definitely no indication of how much milk you have. Some women can express a lot & others don't get enough out with a pump or some will get more out by hand expressing than using a pump all together haha
What type of pump do you have? Have checked to make sure all the parts are still in working order and that there are no tears?
You can google power pumping and try that. See if it helps. What times do you express? It is always better to start off with your first pump early in the morning. Our supply is always a bit low in the afternoon.
Also paced bottle feeding is important to make sure baby doesn't overfeed with a bottle & causing you to not being able to keep up with milk. You can google paced bottle feeding.
Just try to stay well hydrated, oats is apparently very good for a mother's supply. There are 3 natural remedies you can try - Fenugreek tablets, brewers yeast tablets or Prolak. Both available at dischem.
I know a lot of people advice on Jungle Juice, BUT Jungle Juice does not contain any ingredients that has been proven to increase milk supply. But some mothers claim it works. Many mothers claim it doesn't. Other mothers develop THRUSH due to the high sugar content and some mothers start asking a few weeks later "how can I loose WEIGHT?" There probably is no harm in trying it. But do not drink it too often and too much.
I have some breastfeeding concerns and was hoping you could give me some advice,
I have a 3.5 year old son, who was only breastfed for the first 2 weeks of his life because he would not want to even touch or get near the breast.
I recently gave birth (31 August) to my second little boy, who lovvvvvves the breast, so this is a new experience for me, although we have been doing quiet well this past 7 weeks.
My concern is that, i return to work in January 2018 and will not be able to continue the routine we currently have.
I also notice that my little boy is quiet attached to the boob, I have started to give him formula for every second feed during the day and he drinks it up but is not content until he places himself on the breast, even if its for a few minutes.
I have given him the dummy to replace the urge to sooth on the nipple but he still wants the breast.
How can i best wean him off the breast?
I have a good breast pump and will continue to express until January and if possible at all, I will continue after January.
Your breasts are a mothering tool and it's in all in one - Natural dummy, security, comfort, pain reliever, feeds the hungry tummy and quenches baby's thirst. I know a lot of moms worry that their babies become too attached to the breast, but it's absolutely normal. It is suppose to be like that
I had to return to work when my son was 5 months old. He preferred breast above the bottle. My mother looked after him until he went to creche after his first birthday! He would only drink between 60-90mls per bottle. I breastfed him when I got home, during the nights and mornings and obviously free access over the weekends
I expressed at work at least 3 times a day, purely to keep my supply up even though I expressed more milk than he would take from my mother. I donated the extra milk.
Will you be able to express at work? You don't have to supplement with formula if you can express every chance you get. Milk can stay "fresh" in the fridge for 5-8 days, but preferably not longer than 5 days. I never expressed over weekends. It is important to follow paced bottle feeding and not to increase the teat flow as your nipples don't increase in size and it can cause the milk to come out too fast & cause overfeeding and rejection of the breast.
Why do you want to wean him off? It is hard to wean a baby so early of the breast because one needs to look at the emotional trauma it can cause the baby because it is his coping mechanism at the moment.