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As you may know, I breastfed both of my daughters. Although my oldest daughter, Madison, only nursed for 7 months, my little Olivia has been nursing for 16+ months and shows no signs of stopping. I have experienced so many highs and lows in my journey! I felt helpless while being urged to supplement with formula due to a drop in weight of my second daughter. After our rough patch, I made a commitment to extended breastfeeding and encouraging other moms who may experience this as well. I tried so many things to increase milk supply it is almost comical!
Disclamer: I am not a medical professional. I am just a mom who has tried it ALL! Please seek your health care provider for “medical” assistance.
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Increase Milk Supply
Here are my top 5 tips to get your milk flowing:
Nurse more frequently
I almost always experience a huge dip in milk supply if I don’t nurse a lot the previous day. When you increase the amount of times you nurse/ pump you are telling your body that it needs to produce more milk to supply the demand. You can also try “power pumping”. Pump for 10 minutes, rest for 15 minutes, pump again for 10 minutes. Power pumping also works on the premise of “supply and demand”.
This one seems like a “no brainer” but it is CRUCIAL in increasing milk supply. Your body can only produce the fluids that it has to give. I try to drink a gallon of water a day when I am exclusively breastfeeding.
Massage breasts while feeding
When my second daughter was born, my lactation consultant advised me to massage my breasts (especially around the perimeter) while feeding. I also used this technique while pumping and I was amazed at how much more milk came out after I thought I was nearing the end of a session. I know this sounds crazy but it totally gets the milk flowing and breaks up clogs.
There are all sorts of treats you can eat to get your milk flowing. I love oatmeal! Oatmeal always gives me the extra boost I need to keep my supply up. I also love this recipe for a “Boobie Smoothie” to increase milk supply! You can make this delicious smoothie using a lot of things you already have in your pantry!
When all else fails, I turn to my trusty Fenugreek Seed Capsules. I LOVE FENUGREEK! I used to keep some in my pumping bag at work in case I was having a low day. I would experience a serious increase in milk supply within 12-24 hours after taking the supplement. Review this link on Kelly Mom for recommended dosage. Disclaimer: Your results may vary. You may also experience a slight syrupy smell in your sweat and urine. =)
Here are a few of my favorite resources for breastfeeding moms:
What are your favorite ways to increase milk supply? Please share them by commenting below! Also, use the sharing buttons at the end of this post to share these tips with a friend!