As a breastfeeding mum, you might find that your milk supply dips now and then. This could be due to a nursing strike, or many other reasons. No matter what point you are at in your breastfeeding journey, here are 8 ways to naturally increase your milk supply.
There are some safe and natural ways to boost and maintain milk production, to ensure your baby is getting enough of your liquid gold!
You should aim to have at least eight glasses of water per day. Your body needs to be hydrated to make milk, and keeping hydrated is good for your health overall.
Follow A Well-Balanced Diet
When breastfeeding, you need to consume an extra 500 calories per day. To keep up with this calorie count and to ensure you are eating the right food, choose nutritious items that give you energy. Examples are protein-rich foods such as oatmeal, smoothies with added brewer’s yeast, yogurt, veggies, and eggs.
Take Recommended Vitamins
Make a habit of taking vitamins each day. These should include calcium, vitamin D, Folic Acid, and iron. These are all important minerals and vitamins for breastfeeding mums.
Let Your Baby Feed On Both Breasts
Milk is produced by demand-and-supply, so the more often your baby feeds on a breast, the more milk will be produced. As your breast empties, it sends a message to produce more milk.
When feeding, try to get your baby to completely empty a breast, to give them all the foremilk and the rich hindmilk that comes after. Move them to the next breast to stimulate supply there as well.
Nurse By Following Your Baby’s Lead
Babies know what they are doing, they don’t follow a schedule, and instead, they set their own! Go with your baby’s flow and let them take the lead. Follow their cues, and feed on demand where possible.
This might not always be possible, especially for mums who work, but if you are looking for a boost in supply, try feeding on demand when you are with your baby.
Bake Some Lactation Cookies
Yes, you now have an excuse to bake a whole batch of cookies just for yourself! Many mums find that lactation cookies help boost their supply, and even if they don’t, you deserve a treat.
There are many different recipes for lactation cookies, but this is our favourite.
Drink Lactation Teas
If you are a fan of tea, you will be delighted to know that there are some wonderful lactation teas for you to brew at home. You can find some great lactation teas made just for breastfeeding mums. Whether or not this helps is still up for debate, but they do have a calming effect, which every mum needs.
If your baby is on a nursing strike or is feeding very little or only on one breast, you will need to use a breast pump to maintain your milk supply. Pumping empties your breast of milk, and stimulates more supply.
Just keep in mind that every mum is unique, and the fact that you are trying your best to do the best for your baby is everything that they need.