Increase Milk supply

Lisa - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I will have to go back to work in a little over a month. What is the best way to increase milk supply?

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Bernice - posted on 02/19/2016

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I was having the problem of not getting enough supply to satisfy my 4 months baby. I tried to formula feed him but he wasn't taking bottle. I used mother's milk, different cookies but still no progress then healthy nursing tea by secrets of tea did boost my supply.

Trina - posted on 02/23/2010

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Kellymom.com was really helpful to me when I had supply problems. They have so many suggestions about things you can try!

Erica - posted on 02/23/2010

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The best thing you can do is feed your baby on demand while you're still at home and then pump at the conclusion at a feeding or two a day. This will increase the amount you produce and give you a little extra to freeze for future use. Also drink plenty of water and snack often. If you aren't getting enough calories for yourself, you won't produce a lot of milk for your baby. I drink at least a bottle of water after each pumping or feeding session. Also, depending on how rested I am, I see a huge difference in the amount of milk I produce. I produce about 35% more milk when I get enough sleep. So, feed often, drink and eat a lot, and rest as much as you can. I feed my babies in the morning, pump three times at work (they take three bottles at daycare), and feed my babies twice in the evening. Then, once my babies started going to bed before 8pm and sleeping through the night, I added a pumping session an hour or two after they went to bed. This helps me meet their needs and have a little extra for the days when I'm exhausted and don't pump as much as they drink at daycare. Also, when you're pumping, make sure you do it for at least 15 minutes even if you don't think anymore milk is coming out. The stimulation of the nipples will help you produce more milk. Good luck!

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water, extra calories and mothers milk tea or a nursing supplement works wonders. after baby is done nursing pump to empty your breasts and then keep pumping a few extra minutes. biggest thing, don't stress out about it, your body will react negatively to all the stress hormone. take the extra milk from pumping and start stocking it in the freezer for those "in a pinch" moments. when you are at work make sure you stay on a strict pumping schedule because every time you miss one your body will produce less milk.

Emily - posted on 02/23/2010

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Pump often when your baby is not with you. Initially you may need to pump more often than your baby actually eats, like every 2 hours. Increased pumping is really the best way (other than nursing) to increase your supply, because it signals to your body to make more milk.

Catherine - posted on 02/23/2010

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You need to be drinking lots of water, and I mean lots of water! Also, eat healthy foods like spinach, carrots, squash, fruits and protein. Most importantly...drink plenty of water. You will be amazed how much more milk you will have by just drinking water!

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