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Babies in NICU and breastfeeding
By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
Q. I have twin boys in the hospital, and I'm still not getting much milk. I have been taking fenugreek and not getting much response from that. I'm pumping every two hours 8 times a day to no avail. The boys are getting better, and I have held each of them once. Is there anything else that I could take to help my supply or am I at a lost cause. I don't want to give up.
A. It is understandable that you would not be producing very much milk right now, but please don't give up! You will be able to nurse your babies, just as soon as they are able to do so. How much milk are you getting? If you are getting any amount at all, that is important! This is a very stressful time for you, and your body is probably having a difficult time relaxing enough to allow a significant amount of milk production. But even a small amount means that you are keeping yourself ready for the time that they can nurse. Think of this as "priming the pump". If you weren't expressing milk right now, even this small amount, there is the chance that your milk would dry up and you would have to start right from scratch once they're big enough to nurse on their own. Make sure that you are drinking every time you think of it. (Lots of water; some women find the occasional half glass of beer helpful as well.) Your supply will increase once they are nursing, and you are doing the best things you can right now. Don't let the fact that there is little milk being produced right now worry you.
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