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5 proven methods to making more breastmilk. Adive on how to increase your milk supply from a mama who struggles with not making enough milk for baby

5  Ways to Increase Your Milk Supply

Struggling with low milk production is a common issue among new breastfeeding mothers. We constantly worry if our baby is getting enough to eat. Luckily, there are so many different ways to increase your breast milk supply quickly and naturally. Here’s a list of 5 ways to increase your milk supply for baby!

Drink More Water

Breast feeding makes you THIRSTY! Like really thirsty. The problem is, when it comes to all there is to do with taking care of a newborn, we can often forget to drink. Keep a water bottle filled with cold water close by. I found that drinking with a straw also helped me drink more than without.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

To Make More, Take More

This is a saying I learned from the Milkology Online Breastfeeding Class. Stacey, the Lactation Counselor who teaches the class, explains how lactation works and ho milk is made on a supply and demand type system. So in order to make more milk, you need to take more milk out of your body.

Do this by adding a pumping session to your morning and/or evening routine. You may not have much milk during that first pump session, but stick with it! The signal will make it to your body that there is more of a demand for milk and therefore, it needs to start producing more!

Galactagogue

Galactagogue is a fancy word for food that helps increase your milk production. Many of these foods are easy to incorporate into your every day diet and are easy on baby’s tummy.

  • Oatmeal
  • Almonds
  • Ginger
  • Fennel
  • Brown Rice
  • Brewers Yeast

You can incorporate multiple foods on this list by making lactation oatmeal, a lactation smoothie, or milk bites (think chocolate and oatmeal style energy balls, but for milk making!)

Supplements

While there are many foods that can increase milk supply, there are also many natural herbs that can increase milk supply as well. Luckily for us, these herbs are usually combined into supplement form for easier taking.

Lactation Counselor

If you feel you are really struggling with your milk supply, reach out to a lactation counselor. You can contact the hospital you delivered at for help locating one in your area. A lactation counselor has had to go through expensive training and will be extremely helpful in all areas of breastfeeding.

 

 

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