One of the most common questions among breastfeeding moms is “How can I increase my breast milk supply?” And while this is something most moms will wonder about at some point, remember there is a chance you don’t need to increase your supply. As long as your baby is gaining weight well on breast milk alone, it is likely your breast milk supply is just fine.
However, if you do have low breast milk supply, try these tips to help increase it.
Pumping or breastfeeding frequently is one of the best ways to start increasing supply. Your body responds to your baby’s feeding needs, so naturally if you pump or breastfeed more often, your body should begin producing more milk.
Many moms see a great response to adding an evening or early morning nursing or pumping session. We know it can be hard to maintain this schedule, but some moms suggest keeping the breast pump and a cooler by your bed.
A good rule of thumb is to nurse or pump at least eight times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time.
Breastfeed, Then Pump
Sometimes your baby will stop feeding before you feel completely “empty,” so add a pumping session after your baby is finished feeding. This will help your body adjust to a greater feeding need and continue to produce more milk. Don’t worry if you only get a few additional ounces after a feeding. Remember, every drop counts.
Take Care of Yourself
After having a baby, it’s easy to shift your focus entirely onto your little one, without continuing to take care of yourself. Keep in mind that eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can positively affect your breast milk supply. Also, try to take time to relax. Make time for a warm bath, a quick nap, or a little bit of reading in a comfy chair. You deserve it! By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your baby too.
Ask for Help from a Lactation Consultant
Watch this quick video for supply tips, or reach out to our LC for more advice:
Have you successfully increased your supply? Share your tips in the comments below.