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How to Increase Your Milk Supply: Natural Methods and Supplements

As a new mother, ensuring you have an adequate milk supply is essential for the well-being of your baby. The best natural method to increase your milk supply is by latching on and feeding as frequently as possible. I personally experienced two dips in my milk supply, but I managed to recover by latching on multiple times per hour. I was fortunate to be home during the following week, which helped me save my milk supply. Remember that in most cases, you can bounce back from a dip in milk supply by simply latching, latching, latching.

Latch On and Feed Regularly for Optimal Milk Production

The more your baby latches on and feeds, the more milk your body will produce. If you have to go to work and your baby isn’t with you, try pumping every hour, even if it’s just a small amount of milk. Keep in mind that your breasts are not milk containers – they produce milk on demand. The best way to stimulate milk production is through your baby, so in most cases, pumping won’t have the same effect.

Here are some natural methods and supplements to enhance your milk production:

  1. Skin-to-skin contact: Holding your baby close with skin-to-skin contact can promote bonding and encourage your body to produce more milk. This practice also helps regulate your baby’s body temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
  2. Warm compresses: Applying warm compresses to your breasts before nursing or pumping can help improve milk flow and production. The warmth can stimulate blood flow, making it easier for your milk to let down.

Stay Hydrated and Try Natural Supplements to Enhance Milk Production

During my breastfeeding journey, I tried various natural methods and supplements to increase my milk supply. Drinking breastfeeding tea and staying hydrated were some of the effective ways I found to boost milk production. Remember to drink plenty of water, as dehydration can negatively affect your milk supply.

  1. Fenugreek: Fenugreek is a popular herbal supplement known to increase milk supply. You can consume fenugreek as capsules, tea, or in its raw seed form. Always consult your healthcare provider before taking any herbal supplements.
  2. Fennel seeds: Fennel seeds have been used traditionally to boost milk supply. You can add them to your food or make a tea by steeping crushed fennel seeds in hot water.
  3. Oats: Oats are a rich source of iron, which can help improve milk production. Incorporate oatmeal into your daily diet for a nutritious and milk-boosting meal.
  4. Brewer’s yeast: Rich in B vitamins and known for its lactation-enhancing properties, brewer’s yeast can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, or lactation cookies to help increase milk supply.
  5. Blessed thistle: Blessed thistle is another herbal remedy often used in conjunction with fenugreek to boost milk production. It can be taken as a capsule or tea, but consult your healthcare provider before using it.

Co-sleep and Night Feed for a Constant Milk Supply

Taking your baby to bed with you and offering night feeds can also help in maintaining a steady milk supply. Consider making nighttime an “open bar” for your little one. This practice can stimulate more milk production and keep your supply up. Try the Side-Lying-Position.

You Can Overcome Milk Supply Challenges

In conclusion, overcoming dips in milk supply is possible through frequent latching, pumping when necessary, staying hydrated, and using natural supplements like breastfeeding tea, fenugreek, fennel seeds, and blessed thistle. Co-sleeping and night feeding can further aid in maintaining a constant milk supply. Remember, you’ve got this, mama! With determination and persistence, you can continue to provide nourishment for your precious little one.

Please note that I speak from personal experience. For substantiated information, we always recommend that you take a look at the World Health Organization.

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Adventure-loving mom blogger. Breastfeeding from December ’21. Sharing her insight on pregnancy and motherhood while embracing a healthy & active lifestyle. 

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