How To Naturally Increase Breast Milk Fast

How To Naturally Increase Breast Milk Fast

Disclaimer: Always consult with your pediatrician or lactation consultant about any questions or concerns you may have

When it comes to breastfeeding things aren’t always as easy as they may appear. From an outsiders perspective, it may look like it’s easy breezy lemon squeezy. “You just feed the baby right”? WRONG! Breastfeeding is flat-out hard and is very complex so don’t feel bad mama!

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One of the main questions you may have as a nursing mom is if you’re producing enough milk for your baby. Two things to look for are your baby’s weight and dirty and wet diapers. If your baby is gaining weight and produces the recommended amount of wet and dirty diapers, more than likely your milk supply is just fine. Always be sure to check with your pediatrician or lactation consultant to be sure or if you have any further questions.

If your milk supply is indeed low, here are five ways to naturally increase your breast milk supply:

1. Nurse, Nurse, Nurse!

Nursing your baby is the best and fastest way to increase your milk. The nipple stimulation signals the milk glands to match the demand of your baby and kicks your milk production into high gear

2. Stay Hydrated!

Drinking plenty of water is a key factor in producing breast milk so be sure to always keep your water bottle near by

3. Eat!

A breastfeeding mother needs 300-500 EXTRA calories than she would normally need to maintain her weight. No need to force food but eat until satisfaction

4. Use Your Breast Pump

If you have a breast pump, put it to use! Just like nursing, the pumps stimulates your breast sending a signal to the milk glands to produce more. After your baby is finished feeding, hop on the breast pump for 10-15 minutes to continue that stimulation

5. Get Rest!

Getting rest with a new baby can be a hard task but getting the proper amount of rest definitely plays a role in your milk production, so get as much as possible

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Things That May Negatively Affect Your Milk Supply:

  • Medication

  • Hormonal birth control

  • Alcohol

Things To Avoid

While you and your baby are trying to get into a routine and establish your milk supply try to avoid pacifiers and bottles. It is very easy for new babies to get nipple confusion

Problems Latching?

If your baby is having a hard time latching try a nipple shield. A nipple shield is a lot easier for the baby to latch onto to kick-start your breastfeeding journey

Something To Keep In Mind

Try to keep stress levels low as it can negatively affect your milk supply

Take Action!

One thing you can try is carving out a couple consecutive days to dedicate to establishing your milk supply. Take that time to eat, drink, and nurse your baby as much as possible. Skin to skin contact has also been said to help milk production

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