9 Tips to increase breast milk supply in lactating moms
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Nov 06, 2019
While breastfeeding is one of the most cherished aspects of motherhood, it is also a cause for much anxiety in first-time mothers. Are you stressing out about these things – "Am I producing enough milk for my baby?" "Is my baby still hungry?" While time and again your pediatrician will assure you that each mother's milk is sufficient for her child, reassuring a new mother is not so easy. Your baby's growth (height and weight) is a strong indicator of whether he's getting enough nutrition and calories, and the doctor can put your mind at ease with this information. However, read on to find out what you can do to improve lactation and make breastfeeding a success.
How Can I Increase My Breast Milk Supply?
If you're anxious about your breast milk supply being low, here are 9 tips that can help you.
Relax and be comfortable: Might sound paradoxical, but the more you stress, the lesser your body will be able to produce milk.
- Studies have shown the stress can reduce the production of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for milk production
- Listen to some calming music, think happy thoughts and be relaxed
- When you feed your baby, or express milk with a breast pump, choose a comfortable posture and pumps which are comfortable
Nurse more: When it comes to breast-feeding, your body follows a simple supply and demand logic.
- The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your breasts will continue producing
- If you don't feed, your body will get a signal that milk is not needed, and will not produce enough milk
- In case you are unable to breastfeed your baby for some reason, express breast milk with a comfortable breast pump and feed the baby
- Expressing with a comfortable breast pump also tells the body that milk is needed
- Be confident: Through your pregnancy and postpartum, too, family and friends will always have advice to offer. Many a time, advice that you didn't ask for. A mother-in-law may suggest that there is not sufficient let down of milk and your baby is hungry. Trust yourself. Listening to too much to negativity will affect your willingness to feed. Politely tell her that if your baby wants feed again even after a short gap, you will feed, but are not willing to give your child a top feed
- Don't feel pressured: Even if your child demands that you feed her every 45 minutes, it is okay! Each child has a separate feeding pattern and so even if your child gives you a gap of 45 minutes between each feed session, rest assured your baby is getting enough milk
- Watch out for signs: How do you know your child is feeding enough? Simply by his output! One easy way to judge if your milk is enough, is by counting the number of times the baby pees. Anything above 6 a day means the baby is getting sufficient feed. Be happy!
- Have a healthy diet: If you eat healthy, your body will be able to produce enough milk. So, rather than focusing on heavy foods, focus on the right diet. Have enough to eat and don't think of cutting back on your food to lose the baby fat. That can wait. Eat enough cereals, milk and milk products, dry fruits, and green leafy vegetables
Focus on letdown of milk: Sometimes, even though your body maybe producing sufficient milk, it might not be available to the child because of improper let down of milk. In order to address this.
- Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids, before, after and during feeding
- Be stress-free. Like we mentioned before, a calm mind is a pre-requisite for breastfeeding!
- Ensure that your baby latches on properly (the child should be suckling on the entire areola and not just on the nipple)
- A warm bath or massaging your breast with a warm towel before feeding helps. If you use a breast pump, get one with a dedicated Let-Down mode to stimulate milk flow
- Focus on galactogogue-rich foods: While there isn't scientific evidence to prove the same, some foods are traditionally given to lactating mothers to increase supply. Try them in moderation and see what works best for you – saunf, jeera, ajwain. Boil them in water and consume that water, or simply mix and grind these to make a churan of sorts
- Supplement intake: Ifyou are still not convinced about lactation, there are some supplements available in the market in both powder and capsule form that can be taken to increase lactation. You can ask your doctor for advice on these
The biggest hurdle many mothers face is stress – about the baby's nutritional needs being met, about expectations from family, about the various traditional aspects attached to breastfeeding – the list is endless. Go back with the thought that you are the best mother your baby could have.
Being happy works miracles!
Did you find these tips on increasing breast milk supply useful? Share your feedback with us in the comments section!
| Jul 28, 2016
@Ayeesha there is no powder to increase the breast milk supply. In fact it is all in your mind so just say this to yourself every time you are nursing your baby -- I have sufficient milk for my baby and I will breastfeed my baby exclusively for 6 months at least.
| Aug 15, 2016
Hi mommies.... there is a powder which is ayurvedic for increasing milk supply.... after my baby's birth I did not have sufficient milk supply.... after taking this powder in milk two times daily, my milk supply increased.... I thought to share this coz sumbody will benefit..... the powder contains elaichi safed zeera , shatavri etc
| Sep 23, 2016
hi everyone.. I used d following to boost my milk supply nd yes it worked wonders for me.. plz consult a siddha practitioner before using to be on the safer side 1. sowbagya sunti lehiyam-very good post delivery to clean d uterus nd also fo improving lactation (it is given fo free in Al govt. hospitals in tamil nadu ) 2. satavarex granules -to be taken wit milk 3. leptaden tablets-can be used by anyone who's breastfeeding coz it nt only increases d quantity but also quality of breastmilk(studies show dat it increases d nutritive value of breastmilk ).. HAPPY BREASTFEEDING MOMMIES. .!!
| Mar 01, 2017
as u suggested the 5th point that is watch out signs.... but at the same time my baby is drinking water as well... he finishes one or one/half bottle everyday so he might pee because of that reason also how am i suppose to know that he is peeing due to my breastfeed...
| Jul 11, 2017
Absolutely right... it happened with me personally... I got that confidence I can feed my baby on my own milk after one Dr. explained me n it worked I was shocked n it was like a miracle to c it happen... than I realised it was my confidence that Dr. boosted me..
| Jul 16, 2017
I have been using fenugreek to stimulate my breast milk supply and it was working but it was causing severe gas pain in my baby’s tummy, so I stopped taking it and started drinking Healthy nursing tea which doubled my milk production and my baby got relief from gas pain.
| Nov 21, 2017
Follow the five meal pattern – breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, evening snack and dinner. Drink plenty of water 10-12 glasses to ensure an adequate supply of breast milk. Soup, milk, juices provide additional fluids. However restrict the intake of caffeine to two cups per day, as it may cause the baby to be restless. Turnips, citrus fruits, onions, cabbage, spices, garlic and cauliflower may irritate the baby by giving him gas or changing the taste of the milk. When nursing, observe your baby for any signs of discomfort. Eliminate foods that bother the baby. Consume galactogogues – Milk, Zeera, Methi , Ajwain , Saunf and Nuts are nutritional supplements that are said to increase production of breast milk. Pregnant and nursing mothers should restrict intake of certain fish, particularly sardines, because of their high mercury and PCB exposure. Avoid bad habits. Excercise & relax right.