How to Increase Your Milk Supply in 48 Hours

How to increase your milk supply naturally and quickly

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Now onto the milk makin’…

So about a week away from Jay and I’s first day trip away from Emmy, I realized I didn’t have enough breast milk stored up for grandma to feed our baby girl.  I needed to re-stock my freezer stash stat, but when I tried to get back into my pumping routine, I quickly noticed things were not producing the way they used to. I was only getting 1-2 ounces at times.

I can’t say I was shocked, but I was definitely bummed . I knew that breast milk was a supply and demand market and I had definitely decreased the demand lately. I was honestly tired of pumping (mostly washing the pump parts!) and had been slacking.  So I started doing some research and some serious pumping.

48 hours later I was well on my way back to the good ol’ days of pumping 6-7 ounces each time! My milk-makin’- mission basically consumed my life for those 2 days, but once I got going again it just kept on coming.


DRINK MORE WATER! I’m sure you hear this alot, but it’s true! Breast milk is 88% water, so if you aren’t drinking at every feeding, your body will soon get dehydrated! You have to drink at least 8 ounces of water 8 times a day.

Make sure you are doing this in the easiest way possible. I noticed that it is much easier for me to drink this amount when I have a straw. So I went out and bought a large reusable  16 oz. water bottle with a straw. I find myself able to literally GULP water alot easier than if it was just in a cup. I am able to finish and refill my water bottle easily 4 times a day.

I try to set small goals for myself throughout the day. I always aim to finish one bottle of water before I have my morning cup of coffee. Then I’ll always have an entire bottle with each meal. So go ahead and order one of these and get to chuggin’.

Let There Be Milk

The name speaks for itself. Let There Be Milk is all-natural drops that increase breast milk production. I did 3 servings on the first day and 5 servings the second of my milk makin’ mission (a serving is one full tube of the liquid). I had not tried this product prior to my production dropping and was floored by the results. I woke up after day one and my breasts were SO FULL!

After two days of taking the drops, I was filling the bottles when pumping. Seriously, I cannot say enough about how much this product has made milk production easier for me in general.

Just a heads up, if you try this, the taste is STRONG! Like really, really, strong! I think it may be the thistle? I use the dropper to put it WAY back in the back of my throat  (not directly onto my tongue) then quickly wash it down  with some water. A small price to pay… but totally worth it!

How to DOUBLE breast milk production in 48 hours**UPDATE: I have received dozens of emails from readers letting me know that this product always seems to be out of stock on Amazon and ask if I have any other recommendations.

I have to say I am not surprised that it sells out, it’s a wonderful product. While I have not personally tried any other products, I have found one that seems to have the same ingredients as Let There be Milk (all it’s missing is the marshmallow extract).  It’s called Motherlove More Milk. They have a few different kinds of drops, but be sure to get the one with the goat’s rue support (this one).

Mother’s Milk tea

A fellow new mom, who I consider very wise when it comes to all things baby, shared her love of Mother Milk  Tea with me just a few days after my daughter was born. In the beginning I was producing so well that I didn’t see a need for it. But as soon as I noticed the decrease in production I went straight to the store and bought it. The ingredients, such as fennel and coriander, all promote healthy lactation.

The taste of the tea isn’t my favorite.  I add a small bit of honey and it makes it just right. I drank this every morning while I was on my milk making mission followed by lots and lots of water! Be sure to not have more thank 1 cup  a day since too much can make your baby gassy.


This is one of the products on my High Milk Supply Must-Haves list. Even after I successfully increased my milk supply, I continued to take it. It’s convenient and inexpensive  (this brand is really popular) I started taking 3 capsules a day and continued to do so throughout breastfeeding to maintain supply.

oatmeal, carrots & Hummus, Spinach salads

That’s the recipe for success! I basically ate these things all day for those 2 days and it definitely did what it was supposed to. I would have oatmeal every single morning for breakfast, snack on carrots and hummus, and eat a spinach salad at some point during the day (it was a good excuse to go to Salata). You can also try this recipe for a yummy chocolatey oatmeal alternative! There are a few other foods that can help increase your milk supply:

  • Salmon
  • Beet leaves
  • Basil
  • Barley
  • Asparagus
  • Cumin
  • Apricots
  • Almonds
  • Sweet potatoes

It’s also important to make sure you aren’t eating foods that are known to decrease milk supply (anything with peppermint, sage, spearmint).  You can also check out this quick results lactation smoothie recipe. I tried about 13 different recipes before coming up with the perfect combo for increased milk production!

Are you working to build a freezer stash? Check out the post on how I pumped over 400 ounces in 30 days!

How to build a freezer stash in just 30 days


You need those electrolytes! I drank alot of Smart Water when I was pregnant with Emmy to help with the leg cramps and it worked wonders. Who knew the same thing would help with breast milk production?! Try to drink at least 20 oz a day! It’s also a nice little mix up from the endless amounts of water you need to drink! Rumor has it the red Gatorade works the best but I’ve always stuck to the blue and it gets the job done.

Power Pumping

Your breast pump is probably already one of your closest friends. You’re about to get alot closer. Like hanging out every hours for at least 20 minutes. That was my routine. After I fed baby, I would wait about an hour to an hour and a half and then I would pump for at least 20 minutes. If the milk stopped coming, I waited at least 5 minutes to stimulate the next let down. I would do this after EVERY feeding of the day during those 48 hours.

At first, this wasn’t very encouraging. I was getting 2 ounces total. But by day 2, I was pumping 5 ounces total in the morning and was up to 6-7 ounces by that night. I stopped this process around 8 P.M. and would get a few hours of sleep and them wake up around 3 A.M. for a pump session. This one was my favorite session because I would literally FILL the pump bottles. 10 ounces minimum!

Another general rule of thumb I would always follow was to pump WHILE feeding Emmy during our earliest feeding session in the morning. Morning milk is very rich and high in protein so babies will eat less at this time. Since I’m feeding the baby, the let down comes much quicker and seems to be more intense than when it’s just me and my pump. I usually get about 6 ounces during her 10 minute morning feeding off of just one breast. It takes some juggling to get baby set up and the breast pump going but it works wonders.

A few other fun tips:  always try to be close to your little one while pumping. It definitely helps your body get into mom mode and encourage production. And think positive thoughts! No two mama’s are the same and it may take more or less time for you to get back to where you want to be. But stick to it! That little human who refers to you as mom is the best motivation in the world!

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After the two days I was able to get enough milk stored up for baby girl. The weekend trip was a ton of fun for Jay and I! Here’s a fun family photo of us before we left to hit the road! We were headed to Texas A&M for a football weekend if you can’t tell from the Aggie ensembles.


I am not a medical professional and information shared on this blog should not be taken as medical advice.  Always consult with your medical provider concerning any issues you have regarding you or your baby. 


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24 thoughts on “How to Increase Your Milk Supply in 48 Hours

  1. Anita says:

    For the let there be milk drops, the website instructs you to take 20-30 drops, you indicated you took 3 drops on day one and 5 on day two. Is there a specific reason you were taking so much less?

    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      Hi Anita! I can totally see where that would be confusing. The bottles has a dropper tube inside that hold 1 ml of liquid. I take 3-5 full tubes per day. I guess I should call it a serving instead of a drop? According to the label on the side of the bottle, it says to take 1-5 ml per day, which is one full tube. I was taking the max amount when working to increase milk production. Hope this clears up the confusion!

  2. Laure says:

    I tried that “let there be milk” after reading your article.
    It is truly horrific taking it down BUT I notice if I put a few drops of water with it and chase it with my Red Gatorade – I can survive it

    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      haha yes! It’s rough! I made Jay put a small drop on his tongue once just so he could understand the struggle and he said it tasted like a pine cone! Is it helping with your production? I just ordered my third bottle!

    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      Not that I can recall. The only side effect I remember (other than more milk production) was that the fenugreek made me smell like maple syrup. Now that I am pregnant again I am no longer taking any of these supplements but am definitely keeping them in stock for when baby 2 arrives!

  3. Lauren says:

    Did you do all of this at the same time (the drops, tea, salads, smoothies)? I just didn’t know if it was possible to take too much of the supplements/herbs…

  4. Maria says:

    Trying to get a stash going for when I go back to work. Did you pump 20 min every hour or 20 min every two hours?

  5. Rachel says:

    This all sounds doable, but my baby has been eating and sleeping on me non stop. She cries if I set her down, making it impossible to pump right after a “feed” (more like a sucking snooze fest) which is what my lac. Consultant suggests (10 mins after every feed) and even when my baby wasn’t this clingy she’d eat every 1-1.5 hrs so I couldn’t wait an hr to pump and pump for 20 mins, there’d be nothing left for my baby. Should I just wait until this clingy phase is over before trying a pumping routine? I could try pumping st night when she sleeps well by herself but I never know when she’s going to wake for her night feeds and don’t want to pump the majority out right before she wakes

    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      Hey Rachel! I remember the clingy phase all too well. I don’t believe it lasts long. At his point, I would agree with you to wait until it’s over. Your instinct is the best at giving you advice right now. Chances are, in a week or so you will fall into a solid routine and you will find those times to pump.

  6. Mimi says:

    Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for this post!! I’ve got all my supplies & ready to start. I have 2 questions:

    How many times did you pump and was your supply ready for Emmy’s next feeding?

    I see you took 3 fenugreek capsules per day to maintain supply. How many did you take on those 2 increase supply days?



    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      Hi Mimi! I was pumping anywhere from 4-6 times per day. I always pumped in the AM WHILE I was feeding Emmy and I always did a middle of the nigh pump too. I would wait about an hour after feeding emmy to start pumping. I did this same routine for many weeks until I had a solid freezer stash built up. I can only remember one occasion where she was ready to eat again shortly after I had pumped so I just gave her the freshly expressed milk out of a bottle. As far as the Fenugreek, I didn’t discover it until I needed to increase my supply, so I started 3 per day and continued that for many months after while I was breastfeeding. I wish I had more details in terms of exact pumping times! Emmy is now 14 months old and I am 32 weeks pregnant with baby #2! I definitely plan on keeping much better details as far as my breastfeeding schedule goes this time around so I can share with everyone! And I’ve already stocked up on the drops and fenugreek too! I hope that answers your question! Feel free to email me if you need any more help!

  7. Mimi says:

    Hi There Caroline 🙂

    Kimberly, Lauren & Maria asked questions that I was also curious about. If you answered their questions offline or via email could you add your response to them here as well. Thanks!!

    • Caroline @ Swaddles n' Bottles says:

      Well, I did not exclusively pump for my daughter, so I can’t speak from experience. But I would think you would take your regular pumping schedule and add in a pump 1 hour after you have completed your usual session. By doing this, you are telling your body you need double the demand, meaning it will start producing double the milk. It cannot do this though without support. That’s why you need the increased water, electrolytes and supplements. I hope this helps!

  8. Keissi says:

    Hey! I’m currently having trouble getting my milk supply back up. I can barely get an once when I pump, what do you recommend?

  9. Alexis says:

    I was wondering if you talked to your pediatrician or OB before you started taking these supplements. I am just worry about taking non-FDA claims cleared supplements.

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