Three Easy Ways to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply
Sometimes as humans, we have to see to believe, so it is normal for a woman who is breastfeeding to question if her baby is getting enough breastmilk. Rest assured, if your baby is continuing to gain weight and having regular bowel movements, they are getting just what they need. A Lactation Consultant or Pediatrician can provide specific numbers in terms of weight gain and bowel movements appropriate for your baby’s age. If you feel that you need to increase your breast milk supply based on your baby’s needs, you plan to go back to work and continue breastfeeding, you want extra milk for Mommy’s nights out, or other very valid reasons, there are many ways to help increase your breast milk supply.
Increase Breast Milk Supply in 3 Easy Steps
- Pump and Frequent Feedings! The best way to increase your milk supply is to trick your body into thinking that it needs to make more. Research shows that babies tend to drink 66% of the milk in our breasts leaving some left to extract. You can do this through a hand pump, manual expression, an electronic pump or your baby. Try adding in a pump session in the morning after you feed your baby for the first time.
- Take a Chill Pill! Not literally, but try to relax. Stress causes a hormonal change in our body that can affect our milk supply and ability to “let down”. Take deep breaths, make a hot bath mandatory at least once a week, cuddle with your baby a lot, get outside and leave your phone at home. These little things can go a long way - from one mother to another.
- Support Yourself! A mother will almost always put her baby’s needs before her own. We understand why you do this but you need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby (and the other people you love that are used to your attention…hello husbands, partners, other children, friends, family, etc.). Drink lots of water, eat healthy and satisfying food, take time for yourself, take time away from baby, surround yourself by like minded people by going to a breastfeeding group. Something does not need to be “wrong” to need support. Support is ideally a preventative measure.
Enjoy this precious time with your baby and give yourself a pat on the back. You're doing a great job.