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Mammy101 Posts: 446
Girls, I really need your help on this... Ds has been hospitalised for the past 3wks. During that time he was nil by mouth. As Ds was exclusively bf, I had to resort to expressing until he was back to full health & able to feed. Anyway, during my time expressing, I 've noticed that my milk supply has diminished: when i first started expressing, I got around 150ml, now I get about 60ml. :o( Ds is now back feeding and although he has a limited appetite due to being NBM, my breastmilk doesn't seem to be of a sufficient volume to satisfy him - as a result I have to dripfeed him EBM as he's not too keen on the ol' bottle. I'm so annoyed & disappointed with what's happened to my BM - I was wanting to continue bf Ds until at least 12mths... I'm just so upset. Is there anything I can do to increase my BM supply back to what it was before Ds was hospitalized, while not trying Ds' patience?
Silini2 Posts: 3834
Mammy 101 you poor thing. Don't panic you can get your supply back. I would advise you to get onto a lactation consultant in your area straightaway, or a la leche league counsellor. They will be able to best advise you. Can you do any skin to skin with DS as that will help?? Also eat lots of porridge and oats. Motilium is meant to be great for a quick supply boost. The best advice i can give is to contact a lact cons. Does the hospital have one?? Or a la leche league counsellor in your area, they are usually great to help you...............
MINI DONKEY Posts: 2499
I found porridge really increased my milk supply. Also you can get a supplement called Fenugreek in the health shops and you can also take Motillium...not sure on dosage, may be on KellyMom or someone else can help you. Also speak to the lactation consultants in the Maternity hospital, this is exactly the kind of situation they are there for and should be able to advise you. Good luck! P.S Tiredness really affects supply so try and get as much rest as you can
Mammy101 Posts: 446
Thx girls - I'm in Crumlin at the moment & have mentioned to nurses input my supply concerns...no one has mentioned a lac consultant... so I doubt they have one. I'll try ask them anyway. What is motilium? And where can i get it from? chemist? Grocery store? While trying all this, should I continue to bf Ds and top up with EBM if necessary? Should I try leave ds on empty boob to try stimulate my body into producing more milk?
neeov Posts: 4256
You can hire a private lactation consultant http://www.alcireland.ie/IBCLCs%20in%20PP.pdf
Bright Flower Posts: 483
Mammy 101 sorry to hear about your ds - hope he's doing ok. I'm not an expert but I'm sure you can get your supply back if you want to. II found fenugreek Great ( from the health shop) as others said oats are good too and plenty of water. A glass of wine or beer can help too! I'd say feeding on demand and as often as possible will help as it's all supply and demand Best of luck and hang in there.
Silini2 Posts: 3834
Mammy101 motilium you can get over teh counter in the chemist. Here are some links about it, its real name is domperidone: http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/pre ... gogue.html here's a link about supply and a non-nursing baby: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/maint ... -pump.html YOu can get the name of a lactation cons here: http://www.thebreastway.com/index.php/w ... onsultants And la leche league: http://www.lalecheleagueireland.com/Local%20Groups.htm XXXX
cheer bear bride Posts: 3731
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smurf77 Posts: 2216
Hey I remember when my supply got low and I wanted a quick boost to express and had to leave LO for the day. My boobs at that stage never felt full anymore (as he was 10 or 11 months). I got motilium and by the next day I was pretty engorged!! Id def give them a go.
Mammy101 Posts: 446
Thanks for all the advice. I got the Motilium, and had a read on KellyMom - can I ask, of you gals that took Motilium what dosage did you take & for how long? Also did you 'wean' yourself off Motilium as well (as stated in one of the links from KellyMom)? Am I right to assume Motilium won't get absorbed into my body and passed onto LO? He's currently on medication, so I don't want to inadvertedly interfere with his meds. I didn't get time to go to healthshop today to check out fenugreek.... might get DH to get it for me - sure there's no harm having it. Thanks again girls. :lvs