One of the most common questions that new moms ask is, “How can I increase my breast milk supply?” or “How can I increase my milk supply when pumping?”
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There are many factors that come into play when looking at a woman’s breastmilk supply. If you are judging supply based on what you are pumping, you might not be getting an accurate representation.
Some women just don’t respond to pumps. Others aren’t using a strong enough pump or maybe they are using the wrong size pump parts.
If you are nursing and you think your baby isn’t getting enough, it could have something to do with their latch. It could also have to do with a tongue or lip tie.
Like I said there are many factors but there are also many things that you can do to help support your body to produce more breastmilk.
That being said, I don’t think there is a way that you can increase your milk supply fast. These things take time and you aren’t just going to see a massive spike in output overnight. Don’t give up too soon with anything you try.
I’m going to share 6 things that helped me increase my milk supply when I was exclusively pumping.
1. Power Pumping
Power pumping is when you pump for an hour using different intervals. Power Pumping is a great way to increase milk supply.
You would pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, pump for 10, rest for 10, pump for 10 for a total of 60 minutes (an hour).
This helps to trick your body into thinking that baby is cluster feeding and it needs to produce more breastmilk.
Some people say to do this once a day to keep up a good supply. I used to do it once a day in the evening and I did notice some increase in output.
People also say it’s good to be relaxed when pumping. So power pump and watch some TV or read a book. Use this as a time to get in some self care.
Another little trick you can try is just playing with the amount of time you are regularly pumping. If you normally only pump for 10 minutes, try pumping for 20.
I always had to pump for 20 minutes but I know some moms who could pump for 10 minutes and get a ton of milk.
Different bodies respond differently, you just have to figure out what works best for you.
There are many different supplements to increase milk supply. Just like anything else, supplements aren’t a one size fits all type of thing.
Some supplements will work better for other people so you kind of have to find what works for you.
Fenugreek is one of the most common supplements that people will recommend. Fenugreek can either help or hurt your supply depending on how your body reacts.
I didn’t see much of a difference with it but some people swear by it, so it’s worth trying.
Warning though, it will make you smell like maple syrup. Be prepared to get some funny looks from your hubby.
I also really liked Legendairy Milk Supplements when I was exclusively pumping.
They have many different types that you can try and there is bound to be one that works well with your body.
Most people know that coconut milk and coconut water are said to increase breastmilk supply.
This is why people swear by the Starbucks Pink Drink, it contains coconut milk. There is also a drink called Body Armor that works well at increasing milk supply and keeping you hydrated, as it contains coconut water.
One other drink that people use is Mother’s Milk Tea. I tried using this but couldn’t get over the taste (I’m picky). It is available at most grocery stores and would be worth trying.
Warning: Mother’s Milk Tea contains fenugreek so if that negatively affects your supply than you aren’t going to want to drink this.
When I was pumping I drank coconut milk everyday. I also added Chocolate Malt Ovaltine to it as some say that the malt in it helps increase milk supply also.
We’ve all seen the many lactation recipes out there but what is the secret to them? The secret is in the ingredients.
There are plenty of lactation cookie, brownie, and smoothie recipes out there.
PSST…Stay tuned for a roundup of great lactation recipes…coming soon!
5. Increase Calories
Not only do certain foods help but food in general. Your body is working hard to make breastmilk for your baby, you need to be sure you are giving it enough fuel.
Now you don’t just want to be chowing down on anything and everything. Make sure you are eating a healthy balanced diet. This will help you get the best results.
I know as a new mom this might seem hard but trust me, you will be thankful you took care of your body.
This one might be a little common sense but you need lots of water when you are breastfeeding. If you are dehydrated your breastmilk supply might drop.
Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day so that your body can make all the breastmilk your baby needs.
I’ve tried all of these things and they definitely helped my breast milk supply. Just keep in mind that just because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.
Also remember that you can only do so much and don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t producing enough. What is important is that you tried and your baby is fed and taken care of.
One last thing, in case someone hasn’t told you today…You are a great mom!