I see it with my nursing patients all the time, the stress and worry if they’re actually producing enough breast milk. I always tell them to trust their baby. Are they content after eating? Do they sleep well? Are they having plenty of wet diapers? Then you’re most likely doing great.
I’ve successfully breastfed three babies, and have helped countless moms, I feel like I’ve come to know a lot of ways to boost milk supply and build a nice stash.
If you’ve found this article then your probably worried that you have a low milk supply. Rest assured there are ways to increase your milk supply in 1 day. Below I’ve gathered some tactics I’ve personally had success with when it comes to producing more breast milk and building up a supply.
Ways to increase breast milk for new moms
Girls – H20 makes liquid gold! Breast milk is 88% water, so if you aren’t drinking at every feeding, your body will get dehydrated. A normal person should drink 64 ounces of water a day. But breastfeeding mamas need closer to 100 ounces of water! Get yourself a large reusable water bottle like this one.
Nurse for as long as your baby is actively nursing. Remember – you want to remove more milk from the breasts and do this frequently. If baby is having weight gain problems, aim to nurse at least every 1.5-2 hours during the day and at least every 3 hours at night.
Make Lactation Cookies
There are a variety of lactation cookie recipes out there, but the key to boost milk production is to include galactagogues, or milk-stimulating foods, like brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, flax seed meal and whole oats.
Let There Be Milk
This stuff is amazing! Naturally increase your breastmilk supply so your baby will be full and satisfied with each feeding. This proprietary formula was created by a midwife to provide nursing mothers with a safe and effective alternative to pills; it can be used alone or with your favorite drink or other herbal teas.
Do nothing but nurse
Take baby to bed with you for 2-3 days, and do nothing but nurse and rest. Offer both sides at each feeding. Let baby finish the first side, then offer the second side.
Switch sides 3 or more times during each feeding, every time that baby falls asleep, switches to “comfort” sucking, or loses interest. Use each side at least twice per feeding.
Avoid pacifiers and bottles when possible
All of baby’s sucking needs should be met at the breast. If a temporary supplement is medically required, it can be given with a nursing supplementer or by spoon, cup or dropper.
Give baby only breast milk
Avoid all solids, water, and formula if baby is younger than six months, and consider decreasing solids if baby is older. If you are using more than a few ounces of formula per day, wean from the supplements gradually to “challenge” your breasts to produce more milk.
Sleep when baby sleeps and eat a reasonably well-balanced diet.
Use a pump to boosts your milk supply by mimicking cluster feeding. Pump off and on for about an hour a day (for example, pump for 20 minutes, then rest for 10, then pump for 10, then rest for 10 and so on). It may take up to a week to see results.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to increase your breast milk supply. As always, do what works for and your baby!
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