How to Increase Your Milk Supply: 35 Ways to Boost Your Milk Supply

In order to understand how to increase your milk supply it is important to understand how the process of milk production works.  You may have heard that breast milk supply is based on supply and demand, but milk production isn’t initially based on supply and demand.  After you give birth, hormones in your body tell your breasts to start making milk.  During this time period your body doesn’t know exactly how much milk your baby will need.  This is the best time to establish a good milk supply. 

Over time, your body eventually learns how much milk to produce based on the removal of milk from your breasts.  When your breasts are empty, this tells your body to make more milk.  Likewise, full breasts signal your body to make less milk.  Emptying the breasts frequently during the early stages of breastfeeding will help ensure that you have a good milk supply.  But what can you do if breastfeeding didn’t get off to a good start or if you want to increase your milk supply?

Here are 35 ways to boost your milk supply:

1. Breastfeed frequently. Frequent breastfeeding is the number one key to boosting your milk supply.
2. Offer both breasts during feedings.
3. Make sure baby nurses long enough to empty your breast when she nurses.
4. Don’t schedule feedings. Follow your baby’s hunger cues for feeding.
5. Allow your baby to cluster feed. Cluster feeding is when a baby breastfeeds several times during a short period of time. Babies often cluster feed in the evenings before they go to sleep.
6. Try switch nursing. Nurse on one breast, if baby gets tired of nursing switch to the other breast, and continue switching breasts until both breasts are empty or baby will no longer suck.
7. Use breast compression when you nurse. Breast compression involves massaging your breast and squeezing extra milk out as your baby nurses.
8. Breastfeed at night. Night feedings are great for boosting milk supply.
9. Pump after nursing. Usually pumping after nursing will help empty the breast. If you find that you are not pumping anything after nursing you can try pumping before nursing. Babies are much more efficient at emptying the breast than a pump so this may work better for some moms.
10. If your supply is low or baby is not gaining weight see a lactation consultant for help.
11. Make sure baby is latching on well. Try more than one technique to get your baby latched on.
12. Get support from breastfeeding moms.
13. Pump while you nurse. Pump on one side and nurse on the other. Then switch sides and let baby empty the breast that you pumped.
14. Get lots of skin to skin contact with baby.
15. Nurse in bed. Lying down in bed may help you relax and allow baby to nurse for longer periods of time.
16. Don’t sleep on your stomach at night. This may compress your breasts and hinder your supply.
17. Let your baby comfort nurse even if you don’t hear her swallowing.
18. Try babywearing. Carry your baby in a sling or try nursing her in the sling.

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By BeBop on 08/12/11 at 9:39 am

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By bigmommylove on 08/08/11 at 3:13 pm

These are really good tips. I have low milk supply, and I have to use herbs to keep it going. I personally use Breastea from ...

By Effervescence on 02/23/11 at 10:21 am

the only thing I didn't like about this article is that it suggested Reglan when that drug has been shown to be harmful to nursing babies, causing neuro  ...

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