1. Drink more water. Breast milk is made from water, so a dehydrated mama won't be able to produce enough milk. Drink 128oz a day! That's 16 x 8oz cups, I promise you can do it by adding fruit, tea, etc
2. Lactogenic Diet (Foods to eat when your trying to increase your milk supply)
Oats, carrots, spinach, nuts, salmon, flax seeds, and garlic are all lactogenic foods, meaning they will produce more milk hormones so your body will make more breast milk.
Recipe for lactation cookies included.
3. Natural supplements
Fenugreek and blessed thistle taken together can help boost milk supply rapidly. Take THREE Fenugreek 580mg-610mg capsules THREE times a day. Do not take more than 12 capsules a day. Fenugreek and blessed thistle taken together can help boost milk supply rapidly. Take THREE Fenugreek 580mg-610mg capsules THREE times a day. Do not take more than 12 capsules a day. For Blessed Thistle take THREE 300-450mg capsules THREE times a day. Do not exceed 5000mg = 5g per day. Warning you will smell like pancake syrup which is a side effect of take Fenugreek. For Blessed Thistle take THREE 300-450mg capsules THREE times a day. Do not exceed 5000mg = 5g per day. Best results occur when you are consistent and take them both in combination.
4. Sleep produces breast milk
Easier said than done doctor, and I completely understand, but milk is produced while you sleep. You need at least 8 hours of sleep a night, or try napping.
5. Power Pumping
Also called cluster pumping is when you pump in a series of 10- minute sessions. 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off to increase your breast milk production. Used in NICU mothers.
6. Increase your nursing
Nursing or pumping more often tells your body to produce more prolactin, a hormone responsible for communicating the increase in breast milk production. The smell of your baby produces oxytocin, a happy hormone that will in turn communicate with your body that they will be wanting to feed soon, so your boobs will make more milk. The let down response is stimulated by the babies cry, so the more you are around them the better.
7. Warm up the girls
Heating your breasts with a cloth or warm water helps to vasodilate your milk glands so the milk will be able to come out faster.
8. Listen to some old wives tales
Hops, found in dark beers, has been shown to increase milk production. I don't like telling my patients this one because I do not condone drinking alcohol while breastfeeding, but they do make non-alcoholic beers, teas, and sparking waters containing hops so go for it.