To Supplement or not to Supplement Low Supply Giveaway

Low supply.  Of all the fears that new moms face with their babies, this one has to be in the top 5: what if I can’t produce enough breastmilk to feed my baby?  Which is just a cover for another fear: am I starving my baby??

How do you figure out if your little one is getting adequate nutrition from nursing when you can’t see how much milk they’re actually able to acquire in a feeding?  Should you just start taking supplements to boost your milk production, you know, just in case?

Before you jump into supplements, there are actually a few steps that you can take to help determine if your baby is getting what she/he needs from nursing.  Motherlove, long-time sponsor of TLB, has a couple of resources to share with you:

1. “Help, my milk supply is low! Or is it?” is a relational resource on TLB sponsored by Motherlove that explores the reasons why mothers think their supply might be low, provides an easy way to gauge if your supply is actually low, and lists a few resources to check out if you have determined that you do indeed have low supply.

  1. “I’ve got milk supply problems, now what?” provides a list of steps to take before starting to take supplements to boost your supply.  It also describes the many different options that Motherlove has developed once you’ve determined that supplements are what you need.  All of them are made with certified organic herbs, making them safe for you and your little one.

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Motherlove is offering a bottle of Motherlove milk supply supplements of your choice to 3 lucky Leakies!

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Good luck to everyone!  Please use the widget below to be entered.  The giveaway is open from February 2, 2015 through February 9, 2015.  A big thanks to Motherlove for their support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.

This giveaway is restricted to U.S. entries only.

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  1. Thank you for this information. I am expecting my second baby now, and after struggling with low supply with my first, I’ve been trying to find more information on how to best boost my milk supply. I learned of a couple new physical techniques to try, and it is also nice no know that there are supplements out there to help people who struggle with milk supply.

  2. This is great information. I understand that watching diaper output is a good way to see if the baby is getting enough. I also like the suggestions for increased feedings and breast compressions. I did want to see more information on cues that baby is still hungry after emptying breasts.

  3. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    I learned that pumping output is not a good indicator of supply. Instead look at things like weight gain, diaper output, and listen to hear if your baby is swallowing…

  4. anne stewart says:

    I learned that sometimes you think you have low supply when you don’t!

  5. I always use to think if my breasts were softer and didn’t feel “full” that I wasn’t producing enough, but like it says in the article, that is not the case.

  6. I like knowing im not the only one struggling. It can be pretty lonely.i also like knowing their are safe options for expectant moms.

  7. Bridget H says:

    I love Motherlove products so much! I have used More Milk Plus with both my babies due to IGT. I plan on using it with the third as well. Thanks for helping me redefine my own success 🙂

  8. I’ve struggled in and off with supply issues and again these past 2 weeks! I work mostly in the community, and have a hard time finding a regular place to pump. So stressful! I’m thankful for your posts- so encouraging ☺️

  9. Thanks for the information! My son and I have been struggling with supply from the very beginning. I didn’t experience any breast growth in pregnancy but was told not to worry about it. The worry came on in full force when I didn’t become engorged after he was born. He also had a tongue tie that wasn’t found and released until he was 8 weeks old. After a “failure to thrive” diagnosis we became desperate.

    Since he never learned to suck correctly from the breast, I pump and bottle feed as much breastmilk as I can, but he primarily gets fortified formula to help with weight gain. Pumping feels like a losing battle (I never have enough time to do it, and can only get ~2oz combined with each session), so I’m desperately looking for more ways to increase supply. Again, thanks for the information – and thank you, Motherlove, for being there for the women who need you!

  10. I know I feed my baby enough when we are together, but pumping has always been a struggle. I have low pump-supply. I know it is low because she is still hungry after a bottle at daycare. I would love to not feel like a pump failure or to “give up” and use formula for my missed feedings. I’ve just started eating lactation cookies, taking an herbal supplement, and drinking tea and no real big difference in 2 weeks.

  11. I learned that baby sucks more than a pump can and not to rely on how much you pump.

  12. I’m so grateful for all these ladies supporting each other! I have had supply issues with two babies usualy a latter about 3 months. it can be really worrisome!

  13. I learned that just because a baby is fussy at the breast, it doesn’t mean they aren’t getting enough milk.

  14. I learned that optimal latch and skin to skin contact are just 2 of the things moms need to check to help encourage milk supply!

  15. I appreciate the signs of low milk supply.

  16. I learned that what you pump is not an indicator of what you are making. I always freak out at work when I only pump a few ounces then I spend the next few days popping fenugreek and drowning myself with water trying to boost it.

  17. I worked hard getting my supply up. I hope getting a chance to supplement and taking a supplement from mother love will help this time!

  18. Yesenia Tufnell says:

    I learned that I shouldn’t compare myself to others based on pumping outputs for sure.

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