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HOW TO BOOST YOUR MILK SUPPLY FAST - TIPS FROM A LOW PRODUCER

When you’re in the early days of caring for a breastfed baby, nothing can be more stressful than worrying if you’re producing enough breast milk. It can seem like every cry, hiccup, burp or whimper from your baby is a signal he/she isn’t getting enough milk.

After an unsuccessful breastfeeding attempt with my oldest two and success with my last baby, I feel like I’ve come to know a lot of ways to boost milk supply. The first thing I can tell my you is to relax and trust your baby. Do they seem content after eating? Do they sleep well? Are they having plenty of wet diapers? Then you’re most likely doing great.

However, if you suspect or worry that you have a low milk supply, there are ways to increase breast milk production quickly. Now I am no lactation consultant or doctor, but these are some tactics I’ve personally had success with when it comes to producing more breast milk and building a supply. Read on to find out how to increase your milk supply fast!


Nurse on demand

Your milk supply is based on supply and demand. The more your baby nurses, the more milk you’ll produce (theoretically). Let your baby nurse on demand when you’re building your supply, and your body should respond by boosting milk production.


Power Pump

A great way to boost your milk supply quickly is to power pump. Essentially for 2-3 days in a row, you pump after every nursing session for 10-20 minutes. This fully empties your breasts and signals to your body to make more milk. If you’re already exclusively pumping, you can achieve this by pumping more frequently and for longer for 2-3 days.

Have any one of our Lactation Treats/Tea

Our cookies come in three mouth-watering flavours:

- Oats and Chocolate Chip

- Cranberry and White Chocolate

- Chocolate Chai

They are packed with galactagogues (milk-stimulating foods), like brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, flaxseed and oats. Our Lactation Tea are also great for boosting milk supply. It provides natural lactation support because it’s formulated with fennel seed, fenugreek, blessed thistle and other herbs to help boost milk production. After my first cup (had it at night), the following day, I nursed my baby and she was out for a good 4-5 hours. This was a first.


Our other lactation products includes lactation granola, lactation capsules and instant hot cocoa.


Massage breasts while breastfeeding or pumping

Seeing that I did endless reading on breastfeeding since I didn’t successfully ebf my first two girls, I came across this tip. It was advised that I massage my breast using my knuckles gently in a circular motion which helps compress the milk ducts in order to push more milk out with each nursing session. This also applies well when pumping to help you fully empty.


Eat and drink more

We ALL know how busy caring for a newborn can get. But as best as I could, I made sure to prioritize eating and drinklong enough to increase my milk supply. Being hungry or dehydrated are sure ways to drop your supply. Make sure to have a water bottle with you for on the go (or even with you while nursing as we all know how immobile you become during some nursing sessions). And our lactation cookies and granola come in convenient resealable bags you can take with you anywhere.


Get sufficient rest

A good nights sleep or a great nap can do wonders for your milk supply. Making sure you are as rested as possible can help your body operate at it’s optimum and can help boost milk production.


Offer both sides when nursing

Even if your baby seems uninterested, try offering both breasts when nursing. This will stimulate more milk production. If your baby is too sleepy, try tickling under their feet until they perk up. Another option; if your baby has a preference or refuses to nurse from a particular side, nurse or hand express to keep up that side’s supply.


Reach out to a Lactation Consultant

A lactation consultant is your best option for getting an expert opinion on what may be causing your low milk supply. She (or he) can ensure your baby’s latching well, you’re in the best nursing position, have the right fit with your pumping parts and provide general advice and encouragement.



HAPPY BREASTFEEDING MAMAS!

xoxo

Dee

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