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Tips for getting your supply up??

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kitcat83 Tue 11-Oct-11 21:52:48

That's it really- i just wanted the best advice from those in the know. I feel my supply has really dipped for my 14 wk dd and am feeding her constantly as she just doesn't seem satisfied. Any ideas?


JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 11-Oct-11 22:08:00

kitcat it is unlikely that you supply will be low after all this time. Many things could cause her to feed more now, but it is no indication of a low supply.

If you do think you have low supply then the best thing to do is feed her as often as she asks for it. How often is she feeding kitcat?

Just wondering if breast compression would help, as DD might feed more effectively. What do you think?

There is some information on low supply here and here.

Poppet45 Tue 11-Oct-11 22:08:58

14 weeks is very close to the massive 12 week growth spurt - could she be going through that? Otherwise just nurse, nurse and nurse and this too shall pass. You could also try eating foods containing barley - I kid you not the old fashioned Robinson's Barley Water is a godsend! If you really want to boost your supply ensure your DD is feeding at night or you are pumping if she's one of those amazing good sleepers. Good luck.

Rikalaily Tue 11-Oct-11 22:13:20

If you are feeding on demand then your supply will be fine, babies have a huge urge to feed at around your dd's age, they do it now and then to increase your supply for later on, she will be getting enough, she just wants more for now, it does pass.

Oats are fab for increasing supply, so munch those flapjacks! Also drink loads, feed as much as you can during the night (cosleeping is your friend) and make sure you rest enough during the day too, have a babymoon x x

BertieBotts Tue 11-Oct-11 23:22:36

Not sure if anyone has mentioned this to you, but at about 3-4 months your supply will sync almost perfectly with your baby's feeding patterns, so you no longer get firm, round boobs when you are due to feed, but they feel soft and floppy all of the time. Most women also stop leaking at around this time, and expressing may become more difficult.

For some reason this is never talked about and so of course people automatically assume that these things mean their supply is dropping - it doesn't help that babies are starting to become more nosy and interested in their surroundings so can be coming off the breast a lot too, and there is a growth spurt at 4 months which he could be feeding a lot to build up your supply in readiness for.

Do you think this is likely to be what is going on, or are there other things happening which you are worried about? I do echo the advice to feed as much as possible if you are worried about supply, but hopefully there is actually nothing to worry about.

kitcat83 Wed 12-Oct-11 03:41:21

Thanks everyone, she is just so unsettled and wants milk literally all the time so assumed it may bey supply. Good to know this is unlikely smile

thelittlestkiwi Wed 12-Oct-11 05:32:34

i drank redbush tea. Two cups a day helped. Although it sounds like you may not need it!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 12-Oct-11 08:07:48

It could be so many other things kitcat. Is she teething? Is she getting a cold? Growth spurt, developmental leak, it could be anything.

Sounds like you are doing just fine so don't worry smile.

cluelessnchaos Wed 12-Oct-11 08:10:01

Have you tried switch feeding?

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 12-Oct-11 13:42:24

Is she feeding more during the day or night or both?

At 14 weeks it could be the 4 month sleep regression too kitcat. There is some info here and here.

Like everyone has said though, it's perfectly normal and there is no need to doubt your supply smile

kitcat83 Wed 12-Oct-11 19:38:16

Thanks everyone!

Jilted-yes your right could be any of the many other things- its just another one of the "phases" you have o go through it would seem grin

Fingers crossed it will soon sort itself as I am shattered.

I appreciate your support and kind words smile

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