Implement a few of these tips for producing more breastmilk and you will no longer need to stress about decreased milk supply. Tested by moms all over.
I am three months into my breastfeeding journey and have already struggled with nipple pain, a clogged duct and decreased milk supply. While the clogged duct was painful, it was short lived and I was able to get rid of it. However, the decreased milk supply had me frustrated and in tears for days.
There is nothing that can relieve the disappointment of feeling like you aren’t producing enough breastmilk for your little one. I know for me, I felt like I was failing my daughter. It’s not a feeling any new mom should have to deal with.
For that reason, I have compiled a list of methods for producing more breastmilk. I have personally tried almost all of these, and the rest I have researched and asked other moms about their experience with said methods.
However, remember that each woman’s body is very different and will react differently. Be cautious, ask your health care provider or lactation specialist for advice, and remember to stay calm and relaxed. For the most part, milk production is all about supply and demand. Feed and pump frequently, and you will likely see an increase in overall milk production.
Secrets to Producing More Breastmilk
Drink a Dark Beer:
This may be the only time that someone tells you, you should drink a beer while breastfeeding. This information isn’t just a conspiracy theory made up by stressed out moms. According to this Medical Journal, the polysaccharides in barley stimulate prolactin, and therefore increase milk supply.
I also had a friend from middle school tell me that this was her secret to being able to pump enough milk to send with her infant while she worked a full-time, 60 hour per week job.
Use Essential Oils:
I have recently become a pretty big advocate for the use of essential oils for just about every ailment and health concern I’ve come across. Producing more breastmilk is no exception. I did a Google Search and turned up an article from April Kurtyka, a Certified Lactation Consultant and Aromatherapist, who suggests using fennel and clary sage essential oil to increase milk supply.
April notes that a woman should not use fennel essential oil for more than 10 days in a row, and to never apply essential oil directly on the nipple. Read her article and tips using essential oils while breastfeeding here.
This is not a proven method, but many moms swear that on days they eat oatmeal, they see an increase in the amount of milk they can pump. If nothing happens, at least you are eating a healthy and tasty breakfast.
This is probably one of the most common and well-known methods of increasing your milk supply. It’s been used for ages, and it’s easy to get. I picked mine up from Walmart, although I would suggest a higher quality brand to produce the best results. You can get good quality, organic Fenugreek supplements here.
Many moms have sworn by this method of increasing milk supply. There are different ways to go about doing it, but I’ll try and share a few of the simplest and most effective ways. First, go to a quiet place with no distractions (nursery, dining room, your bedroom, etc.) and begin visualizing your baby eating from your overflowing breasts. This is said to work both while feeding and while pumping.
Another option, which may make you wrinkle your brow at first, is to record your baby crying on your phone and then play it just before or while pumping. Your body and breasts react to your baby’s cry and will allow for letdown and may increase supply.
Include More Water and Protein in Your Diet:
The last, and probably most important part of producing more breastmilk is to maintain a proper, healthy diet with lots of water. Be sure to consume enough calories to sustain your milk supply. While every woman’s body and caloric needs are different, it is recommended that you never dip below 1500 calories in a day while breastfeeding. For more detailed information check out KellyMom, a great resource for your breastfeeding diet needs.
*I am not a doctor, nurse, or lactation specialist. Use caution with any of the above-listed methods and consult with your health care provider about your concerns and plans to increase your milk supply.