As a nursing mom to a newborn, one of the most biggest challenges is keeping up the constant production of enough milk. Here are our top tips for increasing your milk supply…
1. Increase the frequency you empty your breasts
Breast milk works on a supply-and-demand basis. The more you use, the more you will produce. If you find yourself short on supply, try adding a pumping session into your day to see if it makes a difference.
2. Practice double pumping
Not only is double pumping a more time efficient way to pump, but getting your body used to using the milk supply in both breasts will increase the amount you produce. Some mothers tend to lean on one side, so double pumping is a great practice to begin. A pumping bra can work wonders to hold the pump in place, so you can be hands-free.
3. Check your diet
If you are not eating a sufficient amount of calories, or staying hydrated enough, this will impact your milk supply. Making sure you are eating a diet rich in healthy calories and plenty of water will benefit your milk supply greatly. There are also breastmilk boosting desserts, like cookies, oatmeal and bars that may help you increase your supply as supplements.
4. Practice self-care
On top of making sure you are putting the right things into your body, taking care of your body mentally is important for healthy breast milk production. A breastfeeding mama needs to be able to be relaxed, so grab your favorite book, soak in a bubble bath, or watch your favorite movie.
5. Let your baby feed fully on each breast
Some mothers tend to lean on one side more, however, using both helps keep a healthy supply. Also, there is foremilk and fatty hindmilk your baby is getting when they empty the breast completely, which is great for their growth and development.
6. Breast feed and then pump
If Tip 5 doesn't work and you find that your breasts still have some milk left in them after feeding your little one, use this opportunity to pump for the rest. Making sure you empty your breasts completely will stimulate your body to produce more milk.
7. Feed your baby by their lead
Feeding baby whenever they are hungry rather than being on a schedule is going to increase the amount of milk you are using, in turn causing you to produce more milk. This may be difficult for mothers with a strict schedule, but the benefits are great.
8. Don’t forget to take your vitamins
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends Calcium, Vitamin D, and Folic Acid for the diet of a breastfeeding mama. The content of the breastmilk will be affected by what you put in your body as well as the supply.
If your milk supply is too low, we hope these 8 tips help you to boost it. Also, consult an expert if necessary and know that each nursing mom has her own supply and breastfeeding journey. Some moms simply produce more easily, while other moms find their own way that works the best for them. Find what works best for you and that is the best tip!