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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My breast milk supply suddenly seems to have dwindled in the last few days. My baby passes urine more than 5 times a day and passes bowels 2-3 times. How do I check if my breast milk supply is adequate? Is there anything I can do to enhance the quantity? I am currently on Lactare, and had Perinorm for 7 days.

Malika (Bhopal, India)

A: If your child is gains weight at 20 gm per day and passes urine 5 or more times a day, this suggests that your child is getting adequate milk. Good food, plenty of water (at least 5 litres a day), a tension-free mind and making sure that the baby empties both breasts all the time, ensure good breast milk production.

Dr. Subba Rao


Q: I am not producing enough milk. I use Lactarine tablet to increase lactation. What should I do to improve lactation? Does Lactarine have any side effects?

Shanti (Jodhpur, India)

A: Take Lactarine tablets regularly if you want consistent milk flow. Methi seeds also help improve milk flow.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: My baby is 4.5 months old. I have been breastfeeding my child since she was born, but now my milk production seems to have decreased so I have started giving her external milk. My mother in law said that once periods start, secretion of milk will reduce drastically. I just had my period last week. What should I do to increase milk production? Can I take Lactare?

Neha (Ooty, India)

A: After 4 months we advise mothers to wean the baby that is to give feeds other than breast milk. Now that your baby is 4.5 months old, have you weaned your child yet? The onset of periods does not mean that the milk production decreases. Milk production is driven by demand. So if the baby continues to demand milk, there will be enough milk produced. However, over time, babies themselves start having less milk (hence the decrease in production) as they get interested in other foods. Lactare tablets are actually not allopathic preparations so I am not in a position to prescribe these to you. Yet, they have been found to empirically benefit some mothers.

Dr. Sahni


Q: My daughter is 50 days old. As I do not have enough milk, I bottle feed him thrice a day and breastfeed her in-between. For the last 10 days she has been vomiting the milk 2 hours after I bottle feed him. Is it because she is not able to digest the milk? Or there is some other reason? Is it advisable to give her gripe water? Will it reduce the vomiting?

Sofiya (Dubai, UAE)

A: Bottle feeding at 50 days dangerous. Please stop it immediately. You just feel like you are producing less milk. If your baby sucks well, adequate milk will be produced. All the problems you have mentioned are related to bottle feeding. Increase your methi intake.

Dr. Subba Rao


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