How do you increase your breastmilk?

Morissa - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my newborn while he is in the hospital, but I am not pumping that much milk out of my breast. How can I increase my breastmilk?

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Allison - posted on 06/07/2010

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Yep, I agree. Just nurse on demand. Nurse more and your body will make more milk. It can take up to 2 months for your supply to regulate, so just keep at it. Pumping is not as good as baby sucking, so most women can't make much for the pump at first. If you can get him latched on, that will be way more effective at making more milk. Definitely get a good lactation consultant to help you out - they are worth their weight in GOLD !!!



I had severe health problems and had to use the pump for 5 days to get my milk to come in. My lac. consultant told me that even when nothing comes out, keep pumping for at least 15 minutes, and pump both breasts every 2 hours. After my milk came in we nursed for 2.5 years with no formula, and it was wonderful :) Keep at it and good luck!

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Pumping is not an indicator of how much milk you're producing, as buby's sucking is far more efficient. Feed him on demand. The more your baby sucks, the more milk your breasts will produce.

If he's having 6 - 8 wet nappies per day and some pooey ones, your bay is getting plenty of milk.

Angie - posted on 06/06/2010

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How much are you able to pump in 1 session? The best way to increase your supply is to have the demand for it. Pump often, latch him on often if he's latching, stimulate the breast to make more milk. Be sure you are staying well hydrated, eating enough and getting enough rest.

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