Now that you and your baby have gotten the hang of breastfeeding basics, it is very common to feel unsure if you are making enough milk.
Milk production is a demand and supply process for the baby.
You might be wondering and asking yourself “how can I start increasing milk supply?”
Before that, you have to understand how milk is made and it will help you to do the right things to increase production.
To speed the milk production and increase at the same time, the way is to remove more milk from the breast and you have to do this frequently.
In doing so, less milk accumulates in the breasts.
Mother will feel happy if the baby is gaining weight well and you don’t have to worry about milk supply.
On the other hand, if you feel like you have low breast milk supply; there are a few ways to address this matter.
1. Lactation Enhancing Foods
Some moms have turned to lactation enhancements or galactagogue to increase breast milk production.
Teas, cookies and smoothies containing herbs like fenugreek or alfalfa or common ingredients like flaxseed meal, oats and brewer yeast are used as natural lactation enhancements.
Make sure to consult with your doctor or lactation consultant before you used these products to ensure safety and efficacy.
2. Empty Your Breasts
Make sure that the baby is nursing efficiently.
The concept of “remove more milk” is part of increasing milk production.
If milk is not removed effectively, mom’s breast milk supply will decrease.
Positioning your baby correctly also plays an important role to transfer the milk efficiently.
Inefficient milk transfer can lead to baby not getting enough milk or needing to nurse almost constantly.
To overcome this problem, mom needs to express milk after or between nursing to maintain milk supply.
3. Pump Your Milk
Mom can consider using a pump to remove more milk from the breasts.
Pumping is very important when the baby is not nursing competently or frequently enough.
This way also can help in speeding things up in all situations.
Pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts to increase the frequency of breast emptying.
Also, it is to ensure that using the pump will remove an optimum amount of milk from the breast.
You can pump your breast for 2-5 minutes after the last drop of milk.
Adding a short pumping session can be very helpful even though not all milk is being removed thoroughly.
4. Challenge Your Breasts
Avoid giving the baby all solids, water and baby formula if your baby is younger than six months and consider decrease solid food if your baby is older.
Nurse your baby with breast milk only.
If you are using more than a few ounces of baby formula per day, try to change it by challenging your breast to produce more milk.
Remember to nurse your baby frequently when your baby is actively nursing.
You want to remove more milk from the breast, thus do this frequently.
If your baby is having weight gain problems, nurse your baby at least every 1.5-2 hours during the day and 3 hours at night.
5. Rest Well
Have a good rest mom.
Mom needs to sleep when your baby is sleeping.
Having a good rest can also impact your breast milk supply and increasing breast milk production.
Stashed healthy snacks and water bottles beside your table, on the chair or couch where you frequently nurse.
Find some time to relax and focus on yourself.
Have a nice bath, napping or reading a book.
Eat a well-balanced diet.
It may sound impossible but by taking care of yourself you are taking care of your baby, too!