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|Some lactation specialists will suggest you take Reglan
which is a gastro-intestinal drug that has the side effect of increasing prolactin levels
in women. It is strongly recommended that before trying Reglan you discuss it with your
childs neonatologist. As there are reports that the Reglan that is secreted into the
breastmilk may have some adverse effects on the infant.
In the United States there used to be a prescription available for an Oxytocin nasal spray that assists with let down but this product was removed from the market in early 1995. In other countries it may still be available.
Be very careful about what a doctor or a lactation specialist prescribes or suggests for stimulating breastmilk production. There are times when the medication may not be the best thing for you or for the baby. For example, The Oxytocin nasal spray is counter-indicated in women who suffered from toxemia since it works as an anti-diuretic and this is the last thing needed after a blood pressure problem, especially if your kidneys were badly effected.
5. Pumping techniques
6. Supplemental Nursing System [SNS] (only if you are actually Nursing)
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions and the best of efforts, supply just does not increase. It happens more frequently than the books and the lactation specialists would have you believe, and it is NOT an indication of failure. Milk supply is not a simple equation, especially with a premature baby. The stress of having a premature baby, your own physical condition as a result of the birth all come into play as well as how quickly you are able to actually nurse, and how soon after the birth you are given access to a pump. Keep in mind that most of the literature about pumping is geared toward the mother of the full term infant who ALREADY has her supply established. While it is possible to build a supply through exclusive pumping, it is very difficult, and most women will experience a decrease in their after about 6 weeks of exclusive pumping. Sometimes this can be overcome, and sometimes it cannot. We all can only do as best we can
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