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I’m after some advice for those of you who’ve donated milk to NHS milkbanks. I will be expressing and donating for the next 2 months and wondering out of experince if there’s any things I should avoid eating and what (if anything) I can take to ensure good supply (I’ve never had supply issues before, pumping 6oz from each breast!) Thanks in advance.

the people who are receiving your milk might havea list but generally , don’t drink alcohol, caffeine, or take drugs ! any thing else will be at the discretion of the recipient . as for supply your body will soon adapt. I donated whilst tandem feeding.

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If you did ever want to increase your supply then breastfeeding tea (I assume you can buy that in the UK - Weleda does one that I quite liked) worked for me. The main thing that worked though was More Milk Plus which I bought from here http://www.breastfeedingheaven.co.uk/60-more-milk-plus-vegetarian-capsules/prod_20.html

It’s a hassle remembering to take it 30 mins before eating but once you get into the habit it’s OK. I would use them again (in fact i would use them at an earlier stage next time).

swissmummy - 04 January 2013 07:40 PM

If you did ever want to increase your supply then breastfeeding tea (I assume you can buy that in the UK - Weleda does one that I quite liked) worked for me. The main thing that worked though was More Milk Plus which I bought from here http://www.breastfeedingheaven.co.uk/60-more-milk-plus-vegetarian-capsules/prod_20.html

It’s a hassle remembering to take it 30 mins before eating but once you get into the habit it’s OK. I would use them again (in fact i would use them at an earlier stage next time).

my supply is quite good but I would be interested to increase it as I can only donate for 2 months so would like to get as much as I can. Did you find they worked for you (quite expensive but I will pay it if someone believes them to have made a difference) do they increase supply regardlless of how often baby is feeding?

What a nice thing to do.

Husband to an amazing wife and learning all the time from twins boys (Dec 2007) and their younger brother (March 2011)

Who told you you could only donate for two months? Usually, as long as you *start* to donate before your baby is 6 months old, you can continue as long as you like…

Angie

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Angiegw - 04 January 2013 11:10 PM

Who told you you could only donate for two months? Usually, as long as you *start* to donate before your baby is 6 months old, you can continue as long as you like…

Angie

he’s 16 weeks already angie!!! And you can only donate up til 6 months as the milk is then too mature for younger babies so I’ve only got 2 months I can donate for!!

It’s a funny old system - I donated to the NHS with Grace (couldn’t get my act together with Jude), and started at about 3 months. I was told that as long as you *start* donating before your child is 6 months old, you can then just carry on. There were some people donating when I was who were nursing toddlers - the idea being that any breastmilk is better than formula for prem babies. I stopped when Grace was 9 months, because we moved, and I couldn’t start somewhere new because she was older than 6 months, but they would have been happy for me to continue for as long as I was happy to do so if I’d stayed in the same place. Might just be worth checking out - you might find you can do longer than you expected.

Angie

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