Maintaining a Healthy Breast Milk Supply
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Maintaining a Healthy Breast Milk Supply

February 29, 2020


(gentle music) – I am Misty Okada, I am
a lactation consultant for the Women Center at EIRMC, and I’m talking to you
today about low milk supply. All moms start making
colostrum during pregnancy. Colostrum is the perfect food in the perfect size quantity for newborns. They eat small amounts frequently, so eight to 12 times a day, about a teaspoon to a
tablespoon per feeding. So, as long as baby’s getting that amount in the first few days, we know baby’s getting enough. There are many reasons that
contribute to low milk supply, most of them are preventable. Milk supply works on a
demand-and-supply system. So, you need to demand your
body to make that milk supply. Feeding formula in the first few days creates missed feedings, and those missed feedings tell your body to not make more milk. Using a pacifier too early, we recommend waiting three weeks at least to use a pacifier, those create missed feedings and contribute to low milk supply. Having baby sleep through the night, and encouraging baby to
sleep through the night, or not waking them up
during the night to feed, you miss feedings. Not latching deeply so that
baby doesn’t transfer milk well will also create milk supply ’cause you’re not emptying your breasts, so your breasts are not making
more milk to replace it. So, at your six-week post-partum
visit with your doctor, you’ll be talking about birth control. It’s very important that
your obstetrician understands that you are breastfeeding, so that you can choose
a birth control method that is low in estrogen
and higher in progesterone. So, the mini pill, the
Depo-Provera, the Mirena IUD, are all good choices to make because they won’t
affect your breast milk. Cold and allergy medicine
that has pseudoephedrine has been shown to decrease milk supply. So, if you need a cold medicine
or an allergy medicine, just look for a type that
does not have pseudoephedrine. Babies born that are tongue-tied have problems with transferring milk well and latching deeply. If you’re concerned
about slow weight gain, please talk to your pediatrician
about having that assessed and seeing if they can release the tongue so that it can latch deeper. Insufficient glandular
tissue is rare for moms, but can be caused by a few
genetic or medical conditions. One indication that
this may be true for you is if you don’t notice any breast changes during your pregnancy. Most moms see a cup size or so in increase
during their pregnancy, and if you notice no breast changes, this maybe the cause for you. The best way to know how
much is going into your baby is how much comes out of your baby. So, six to eight wet diapers per day, and two to three poops
is what you should expect for your baby in the first few days. We expect babies to lose
weight in the first few days. By two weeks, they should’ve
regained their birth weight. After that point, they should gain four to
seven ounces per week, and that can be checked at
their pediatrician’s office. The best way to increase your
milk supply is to breastfeed. Increase breastfeeding, and you can increase pumping
after each breastfeeding to add more demand to make more supply. Another way is with foods and herbs that can increase milk supply, and work with about 50% of women. Oatmeal and high-fiber foods can also help with increasing your breast milk supply. There are lots of recipes on Pinterest for lactation cookies and smoothies that include oatmeal, flax seeds, and lots of high-fiber foods in them. Herbs that are commonly
used to increase milk supply include fenugreek, blessed thistle, malunggay, brewer’s
yeast, mother’s milk tea, which is a combination of
blessed thistle and fenugreek. These can all be used to
increase your milk supply. Most importantly, nothing
replaces time at the breast. As a lactation consultant, my number one piece of
advice is to trust your body. Not all women are the same, and not all experiences are the same. Some may get engorged in the
first few weeks, some may not. Some may have oversupply
in the first few weeks, some may not. Some may have a sensation of
letdown, and some may not. We know that almost all
babies have fussy times. We know that all babies
go through growth spurts and seem to do nothing but eat. This is not a sign that you
don’t have a good milk supply. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at our Lactation
Department at 529-7171 or talk to your pediatrician.

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  1. An herbal formula I know "healthy nursing tea" by secretsoftea really worked awesome for me. .it is available in a couple of different flavors.

  2. Take a table spoon of olive oil and put a table spoon of fenugreek seeds in it and fry it a little to change the color then put water in it and boil it to soften the fenugreek seeds. At last put some oats or u can also put flour in it in the form of thin paste and cook it on low flame. Put a little sugar or honey and cardamom for taste. Believe me it worked for me alot. Drink more and more water to be safe from constipation bcz fenugreek can cause constipation. Plus consuming beef and beef soup will boost ur breast milk. Thanks for the video i found it informative đź‘Ť

  3. I was coping with lack of supply since my first period and Healthy Nursing Tea made real difference in starting exclusive bfing journey…

  4. "Healthy nursing tea" of secretsoftea helped a lot to elevate the supply which dropped down immensely due to postpartum depression I'd been suffering from after pregnancy.

  5. hey ,if anyone else is searching for increase breast milk production try Fezervin Breast Milk Coach (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my brother in law got amazing results with it.

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