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Breast milk supply help! Mama Van D Due November 3; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Unity, Maine 2454 posts
21st Jun '13

Hey ladies! A friend of mine just had a baby a week ago, and she's having some supply issues. The baby latches fine, but after a few seconds she starts crying and pulls off. If my friend pumps and gives her a bottle she's fine, but she doesn't get a whole lot pumping. I picked her up some fenugreek capsules and tea today. Is there anything else she should try? TIA!

user banned 33 kids; British Columbia 2986 posts
21st Jun '13

She should not use a bottle until baby gets the hang of it. She will get used to gettting it easy and not want to work for it.

user banned 33 kids; British Columbia 2986 posts
21st Jun '13

plus the more baby nurses her milk supply should go up. pump in between if she can.

Mrs.Bluitt Due January 20; 1 child; San Jose, California 763 posts
21st Jun '13

She just needs To nurse more. The more she nurses the more her supply will increase. Fungreek does help. But the baby drinking from the main sources is the best. And then after she nurses she Should pump after. Oatmeal helps too! And she needs to be drinking alot of water.

SquirrelyMom Due May 18; 1 child; Burlington, Ontario 967 posts
21st Jun '13

its hard in the beginning, her boobs are still adjusting...I went through it too, my baby was complaining after each breastfeeding session even though I let her nurse on both sides at length. I think it took a good 2 weeks for my supply to come in strong enough that it wasn't a chore for her to get a good meal. I was supplementing with formula until then because I felt bad she was crying after each meal. But it did get better and I'm glad I didn't give up and I ditched the formula when my supply improved. Tell her to hang in there and it gets better!

SquirrelyMom Due May 18; 1 child; Burlington, Ontario 967 posts
21st Jun '13

and I should add, using formula may not have been necessary, and I'm not recommending it, but it helped me get through the difficult period. I didn't like the fact that she was going from breast to bottle, and I could tell she was becoming partial to the ease of the bottle flow. I was glad to stop using the bottles so she wouldn't get too used to them.

Angela Nichols 2 kids; California 464 posts
21st Jun '13

take the bottle away and just nurseon demand. LOTS of skin to skin. Baby wants bottle because it's easier. no pump in the world works like a baby. eat old meal ( not instant) drink mother's milk tea, fenugreek WATER and try not to stress. As long as baby is having wet/dirty diapers.and is gaining weight at a steady rate ( whatever her rate may be) no need to supplement.
my daughter when she was about a month decided that she would only take a bottle. So I took it away ( it was one feeding a day). took a few feedings but she gave up and went on to become a big boobie baby. lol If she had to have a bottle we used breastflow.