Breastfeeding Help

Question:

I gave birth to twins March 23, 2014. I never actually nursed either of them but exclusively pumped. My supply is dwindling and I really want to breastfeed them until they are at least one. What are some things I can do to help increase my supply? If I were to start nursing, is it to late? Are they to old? Will my supply ever go back up? I am willing to do whatever it takes to continue to breastfeed my babies. Thank you!

Answer:

Nicole,

It is possible to get older babies to the breast for feeding, but I can be tricking since they have months of an established feeding pattern already. It would be great if you can get them to feed at the breast, because it would definitely help boost your supply. I would recommend getting an in person consultations from a Lactation Consultant, as she will best be able to asses and address your unique situation. Breastmilk supply is all about demand. The more you stimulate your breast and ask them to make milk the more they will. As an exclusive pumper the best thing to do would be to add more pumping sessions. Also some moms have found that certain herbal supplements or teas have help increase your supply, but be sure to speak to your physician before adding them to your diet.

Best of luck!

Molly Petersen, CLC

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