How to Boost Breast Milk Supply

Low milk supply is a common worry of breastfeeding mothers.  It's important to note that the following are NOT signs of low supply: frequent nursing, increase in nursing sessions or length of nursing, shorter nursing sessions, fussiness, baby takes a bottle after nursing, breasts don't leak, breasts seem softer, no feeling of let-down, not much pumping output. However, if your baby is not gaining weight at an appropriate pace or does not have enough wet or dirty diapers it could be a sign of low supply.  There are a few ways to increase your breast milk supply.



1. Nurse. Nurse as often and as long as baby wants. The more milk that baby removed from the breast, the more milk the breasts will produce. If baby starts to fall asleep or loses interest, offer the other breast.  Offer the breast instead of a pacifier so that all of baby's sucking needs are met at the breast and thus stimulating milk production.

2. Add in pumping sessions.  Pump after nursing your little one to completely empty the breast or in between nursing sessions. This will signal the breast to produce more milk. The pumped milk can be frozen to be used later in case of emergency or for use with a sitter.






3. Stay hydrated and nourished.  It's important that mother's needs are being met.  Make sure you're drinking enough water and eating a healthy diet.

4. Relax.  Stress can affect let-down and pumping output.  It can also affect your nursing relationship with could have a negative impact on milk production.  Try to relax and get appropriate amounts of sleep.

5. Eat oatmeal.  Scientists aren't sure what exactly it is in oats that boosts milk supply, but it does indeed work for many mothers.  Simply having a bowl of oatmeal in the morning for breakfast is healthy and can help increase supply.  If you're not into oatmeal, try making oatmeal cookies for a boost and to satisfy that sweet tooth. 

6. Avoid certain foods and medications. Oral contraceptives, medications containing pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed, Zyrtec D, and others) and large quantities of parsley or peppermint can all reduce milk supply.  

7. Take fenugreek.  Fenugreek is an herb most commonly associated with boosting milk supply.  It is commonly taken in capsules, powder or brewed into tea.  Fenugreek can have some negative side effects, so it's important to read all warnings and follow recommended dosages.  Increase in milk supply could be seen in as little as 24 hours or it may take a couple weeks.  Fenugreek has been used both short and long term to boost milk supply.





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About Maddi Casey

Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at coffeeandwinemom.com. She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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