Making enough milk to feed baby?

Is anyone else having trouble producing enough milk for their baby? What methods and tricks worked for you? I'm not even making half of what my baby needs. We are supplementing with formula but would prefer to be 75-100% breastfeeding. Open to any suggestions. Thanks!

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    08/04/14
    I've heard of lots of women having massive luck by finding a good local lactation consultant because doctors are not always well-trained in this area.

    I've also heard of supplements you can take, including Mother's Milk Tea. I think fennel is supposed to help, but don't quote me.
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      08/04/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Out of curiosity, what makes you think you are not producing enough?
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      08/04/14
      We are measuring. I've seen both the lactation consultant at the hospital and had an extended home visit with one. We did the tests and I'm only making about 25% of the milk my little one needs (based on 2 ounces per feeding).
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      08/05/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Oh boo. That's disappointing. Fennel is good. Mother's Milk tea. Eating Oatmeal. What about pumping after baby eats and in between feedings? Supply is usually regulated by the demand, right?
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        08/04/14
        What makes you think you aren't producing enough? Did baby get 6-8 wet diapers a day while you were exclusively breastfeeding? how old? he might be going through a growth spurt. Newborns have very tiny stomachs, breastmilk digests quickly. They will nurse what seems like, or is, constantly for a few weeks.
        To increase supply eat yogurt, take fenugreek, fennel seeds, mother's milk tea. avoid caffeineted drinks and drink tons of water. Eat healthy-breastfeeding takes 500-1000 calories a day.
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        08/04/14
        We've done the test with the lactation consultants - I know that I'm making only about 25% of the milk that my little one needs. I'm on soy lechtin which may or may not help. Next steps are blood tests and prescriptions (i'd like to avoid if possible - but will take if necessary). I was hoping to find some alternative (natural) remedies if possible.
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        08/05/14
        Pumps may not get as much as you make. they don't suck the same way baby does. has babe been tested for a tongue tie? Does he seem satisfied? i would try the fenugreek, fennel, mother's milk tea, oatmeal. Chocolate and caffeine decreases milk supply but your biggest chance to regain your milk will be to sit down with babe and just let him suckle whenever he wants to. are you on any medications (other than the soy) at all-including birth control? here's a good link to try.
        http://www.llli.org/search?cx=0128051136727957326…
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        08/05/14
        Tabitha - he does have a mild tongue tie (the lactation consultant was not worried about it since he is able to latch). Once he feeds from the breast he wants more so we supplement with formula. I switch him from one breast to the other - and allow him to suck until he lets go and refuses to latch onto the breast. I had been told that birth control was not suggested until at least the third month after giving birth (because it can hinder the supply of milk) so I am not on birth control. I am on prescription motrin and Percocet from the C-section. Neither of which should be hindering my supply. Thank you for the link - i plan to spend sometime on here seeing what else I can do. My doctor just prescribed Reglan - hoping that this will help with the production.
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        08/06/14
        I know from my sister even a mild tongue tie will affect it. If he is still hungry after eating, make sure he has all his burps out and put him back to breast-that will help your supply. If he refuses to latch on then he probably just has a burp stuck, try giving him a pacifier, some babies the sucking will help get the burp out.
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