Our bodies are amazing.
It still blows my mind when I think about all of the incredible things our bodies can do, especially during pregnancy.
Breastfeeding has endless benefits to mother and baby, and a lot of moms want to breastfeed longer than their bodies allow sometimes.
That being said, you CAN increase your milk supply if you need to.
Here’s what worked for me:
Depending on how much you need to increase your milk supply, scheduled pumping will trick your body into producing more milk.
Pump about 30-60 minutes after feeding (when your body has had a chance to fill up again).
It is important to do this no later than an hour before your next feeding so you have enough milk available for your baby to feed.
Another way I like to pump is if I feed from only one breast, I will pump the opposite breast immediately after feeding.
This is good if you want to keep your breasts producing evenly and not looking lopsided all the time. (Here is the pump I loved)
Taking a lactation supplement can be really helpful! I used the Honest Company Lactation Plus capsules and they worked wonders for me! Whether you take a supplement, make lactation cookies, or use herbal teas, they all have pretty much the same ingredients. For me, I found the supplement to be the easiest to take on a
Drink a lot of fluids! I repeat…drink a lot of fluids! This is essential! Breastfeeding often, pumping often, you are depleting your body of fluids and nutrients.
You really need to replace the fluids lost or your supply WILL dry up!
My favorite way to make sure I was drinking enough fluids throughout the day was by using a cute tumbler! Having a tumbler that keeps your drink cold all day long and is easy to carry around and bring with you makes staying hydrated a breeze. (Here is my favorite tumbler I use!)
Consume enough calories, in particular, PROTEIN.
As I said, you are really depleting your body of nutrients and in order to have enough energy to produce milk, you need to consume enough protein.
I used MyFitnessPal to track my calorie intake, which also broke down the amount of protein I was consuming.
I noticed a very obvious link to my protein intake and milk supply. Trust me when I say this is a key factor!
This is information I have gathered from research and from our pediatrician. This has worked for me, however, everyone is different so please take this information with a grain of salt!
I do hope this provides a little inspiration and hope for those out there struggling to produce enough milk. It can be extremely difficult and emotional when your milk supply starts to diminish.
Especially to all you working moms out there, I feel you! Stay strong!
I highly recommend taking a class on the subject so that you are prepared, have all of the information to make the best decisions for you and your baby, avoid any unnecessary obstacles, and have the tools to overcome any struggles you are faced with.
But what new or expecting mom has the time or energy to go to a class?! That is why online courses are SO convenient! Finish at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home!
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