how can i increase milk supply after taking antibiotics?

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i was hospitalized a few days ago and was given antibiotics. As soon as i resumed breastfeeding my 6 month old, exclusively breastfed son, my milk supply was really low. He kept on crying while i was feeding him, so i have no choice but to give him formula.....is there any chance of increasing my milk supply again? Thanks!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    pumping

  • 1 decade ago

    You can increase your fluids any that are caffeine free. You can put a picture of the baby where you can see it to help your milk let-down and frequent expressing milk during a warm shower or pumpimg and saving it works well if your stress level is down . Stay calm and patient and persistent and eat a good balance diet of at least 2000 calories plus a 1000, for your own body and your milk should be plentiful and high in nutrients....bon appetite-melissa

    Source(s): maternity murse 18 years, laleche league
  • 1 decade ago

    Stay very hydrated, pump every 2 hours, and try taking Fenugreek.

    From babycenter.com:

    Women have used the spice fenugreek since ancient times in the Middle East, North Africa, and India to stimulate milk flow. Research has shown that fenugreek can increase milk production as much as 900 percent, although no one knows exactly how. The oil contained in fenugreek seeds is believed to play a role in boosting milk supply

    At my breastfeeding clinic in San Luis Obispo, California, I recommend fenugreek to women who aren't producing enough milk.

    Nearly all mothers report an increase in their milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after taking the herb. Most find that they can stop taking the herb once their level of milk production goes up as long as they make sure that both breasts are being completely emptied every two to three hours. Fenugreek will not improve low production when the breasts are not being well drained.

    You can buy fenugreek capsules containing ground seeds at most health food stores. The capsules of brands I am aware of contain either 580 or 610 mgs of the spice in each. A bottle of a hundred capsules costs around seven or eight dollars. Although some brands recommend that you take one capsule three times a day, this dosage is too low to adequately improve milk production. In our clinic, we recommend two or three capsules three times a day. You may also drink fenugreek tea, but it has an unpleasant bitter taste and is not considered as potent as taking the herb directly.

    Few women have bad reactions to fenugreek, although you will notice a maple syrup-like odor to your urine and sweat. In our experience with hundreds of women, a handful developed diarrhea that quickly subsided when the amount was decreased or they stopped taking the herb. Two asthmatic mothers said it aggravated their condition, an interesting reaction as fenugreek is thought to help asthma by decreasing mucus production (in fact, many natural healers use fenugreek to treat coughs, bronchitis, and sinus problems for this very reason). If you are diabetic, use this herb with caution as it can lower blood glucose levels. And if you are pregnant, you should not take fenugreek since it may stimulate the uterus, causing contractions. There are no apparent side effects in babies whose mothers take the herb.

    Source(s): Personal experience -- I used Fenugreek and it works wonderfully.
  • DONT do formula that will really lower yor milk supply. They have pills called fenugreek They make you smell like maple syrup tho and a tea called mothers milk if you dont want to try that then PUMP and keep putting the baby on your breast your milk is run on supply and demand so if your baby demands more your bidy will make more

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think the fenugreek solution someone else mentioned is helpful.

    Western European women also drink fennel tea to increase their supply.

    The most important thing in the process, though, is to keep the baby near you and let her suckle whenever she likes. The more the baby drinks, the more your body will make for her.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I had to do this to, it can be done. My doctor switched my birth control pills on me and it slowed my milk down to almost nothing. What I did was force myself to eat oatmeal and drink lots of water. I pumped and pumped and pumped even if I wasn't getting anything. I also nursed and nursed and nursed, everytime I thought about it i just let my dd nurse or I pumped. I did have to give her a couple of bottles for about 2 days, but it did come back.

    Try not to stress out to much about it, just drink lots of water and nurse and pump as much as you can.

  • 1 decade ago

    drink lots of water

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    drink LOTS OF WATER

    talk to your doctor

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