• Breastfeeding: How do you increase milk production?

    I just recently had a baby, about 3 weeks ago. I was very adamant from the beginning about breast feeding my baby due to the increased nutritional benefits for the infant. At first, he was strictly nursing. But due to the late coming of my milk versus colostrum, he'd lost a good bit of weight and his regaining of that lost weight became our... show more
    I just recently had a baby, about 3 weeks ago. I was very adamant from the beginning about breast feeding my baby due to the increased nutritional benefits for the infant. At first, he was strictly nursing. But due to the late coming of my milk versus colostrum, he'd lost a good bit of weight and his regaining of that lost weight became our priority. So, we introduced a bottle in addition to his feeding after each nursing session in order to maximize his weight gain. However, to my dismay, he's become accustomed to the bottle and now won't nurse. The bottles introduced in the beginning were breast milk that had been pumped, however I have noticed in the last week or so that my milk production has greatly decreased I'm assuming because of his lack of nursing, and due to this, I have had to introduce formula into his diet in addition to the small amount of breast milk I can get from each pumping. I really would like to get him back to nursing if at all possible, it's very important to me, but I need to increase my milk supply again. I very much didn't want to have to introduce formula at all. He has gained back all of his lost weight and then some, but now my milk production has lessoned due to life getting in the way of my regular pumping schedule. It's only been 3 weeks but is it too late to increase my milk? Is it possible to get him back to nursing? Or have I waited too long to address the problem? How can I go about increasing my milk production, if it's not too late? Please help. Any advice or suggestions are welcome.
    10 answers · Newborn & Baby · 5 years ago