Easy Ways to Help Boost Milk Supply

Easy Ways to Help Boost Milk Supply

Many moms face concerns with breast milk supply. Sometimes, you may feel that you have a low supply of milk, but this may not be the case. If your baby is gaining weight and has an adequate number of dirty and wet diapers during the day, then you most probably do not have issues with milk supply. But if you feel that you want to increase your breast milk supply, say, if you have twins or more than one baby, here are some easy tips:

  • Make sure that the latch is correct - For your body to produce more milk, you need to first make sure that your baby is efficiently drawing out the milk. When milk is not removed efficiently from the body, the supply can drop significantly. So make sure that your baby has a good latch and does not have anatomical problems. You can visit a lactation consultant or your family doctor for advice on this matter if you have any doubts.
  • Nursing on demand - It’s true that the more milk you remove from your breasts, the more your body will produce. So nursing on demand will increase the frequency that milk is drained, urging your body to increase production. 
  • Switch sides- It is important that your baby nurses from both breasts. So during each feed, switch sides at least three times. You can also use breast compression when your baby stops feeding. To do breast compression, use one hand to firmly compress your breast with your thumb on one side and fingers on the other side. This will increase the flow of milk and prompt your baby to swallow. 
  • Warm compress - Warm compress helps in an easy and faster let-down. Use a warm towel or some heating pads and place them on your breasts before you feed your baby. Warm compresses can be coupled with breast massage to improve milk flow. 
  • Power pump - Keep a breast pump handy and pump for 10 to 20 minutes each time after your baby finishes feeding. Repeating this for two to three days in a row will signal your body to produce more milk. 
  • Avoid using soothers and the bottle - Most babies love soothers and will easily take to a milk bottle. But when you are trying to boost your milk supply, you should allow your baby to only nurse from you and even allow them to comfort suck so that the breasts are stimulated and send your body a signal to produce more milk. 
  • Give your baby only breast milk-If your baby is supplementing with formula and you want to increase the supply of breast milk, cut out formula and solids and only feed breast milk if your baby is younger than six months old. This will challenge your body to produce more milk. 
  • Rest and eat well - Take as much rest as you can. That is, sleep when baby sleeps and maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet. It is also important to keep hydrated so drink a lot of water throughout the day. 
  • Make lactation cookies - You can make yourself a big batch of lactation cookies that you can snack on from time to time. The key ingredients should be natural foods that help boost milk supply, such as flax seeds, wheat germ, whole oats, and brewer’s yeast.
  • Consider taking a galactagogue-A galactagogue is a prescription medication or herb that helps boost milk supply. You can speak to a lactation consultant or your family doctor and ask them to prescribe one for you.
  • Replace pumping parts -When you are pumping many times a day, it is important to replace the valves and membranes in the breast pump every month or every six weeks. This ensures that the maximum amount of milk is expressed and will help keep up your supply.

 

Further reading:

https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/best-lactation-cookies/

https://www.medela.us/breastfeeding/articles/breast-engorgement-treatment-to-comfort-mom



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