Many breastfeeding women have concerns over their breast milk supply and want to know how they can increase it as baby grows.
For the vast majority of women, there is absolutely nothing wrong with their breasts or their ability to produce enough milk.
The size of your breasts has no bearing on your ability to breastfeed. Whether your breasts are small or large, breasts were flawlessly designed to make milk and feed your baby. This design has worked for thousands of years.
There are however, two major underlying causes of breast milk supply problems; poor latch or feeding schedule. Don’t panic, there is good news; you can rectify this issue by following a few of these great tips:
- Steel-cut oats: Try eating a bowl of steel cut oats every morning.
- Gatorade: Gatorade has been known to increase milk supply.
- Lactation Cookies – these are not only Yummy but filled with lots of ingredients that assist with lactation. Get all the goodness required for lactation in a cookie.
- Sleep: Make sure you are resting and getting enough “z’s”
Fenugreek (Mothers Milk Tea): They call it “Mother’s Milk” for a reason. Try drinking a few cups.
- Pumping: It is recommended to power pump to increase your supply. Adding one or two pumping sessions can make a huge difference in output when feeding.
- Say goodbye to scheduled feeding routines: Feed your baby when they appear to want the breast. You should learn your baby’s early hunger signals. Remember, crying is a late hunger cue. Offering the breast even when you’re not sure what your baby wants does no harm. Remember, the more your baby feeds, the more your breasts will supply. When in doubt, get them out!
- Latch: Check that latch. Remember your baby does not “nipple feed”. Ensure that your baby’s mouth is wide open and the nipple is going towards the back of the mouth. Say “No” to pacifiers: The less your baby is on your breast, the less milk you will produce.
- Avoid Formula: Try to avoid formula feeding top-offs.
- 24/7: Make sure you are available to your baby at all times (if possible). Plan lots of skin to skin time with baby.
- Water: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Breastfeeding troubles can quickly spin out of control, so if you suspect a larger issue, seek out a lactation consultant or breastfeeding hotline as soon as possible. But relax and let your breasts do all the work!