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9 Tips to increase breast milk supply in lactating moms

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Updated on Oct 23, 2017

9 Tips to increase breast milk supply in lactating moms

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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!

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| Oct 19, 2018

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| Oct 18, 2018

my baby is nt feeding my milk...... she is of 5th mnth....

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| Oct 18, 2018

sh6Yaz

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| Aug 27, 2018

very informative blogs for new moms as well as feeding moms..... tq

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| Aug 27, 2018

Thank you

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| Aug 20, 2018

Thank you

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| Aug 20, 2018

Thank you

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| Jun 13, 2018

thanx for the informaation

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| Apr 26, 2018

very informative, thanks for info

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| Apr 26, 2018

very informative, thanks for info

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| Mar 27, 2018

Thank you... Very useful information..

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| 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.

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| Oct 30, 2017

thanks this is really informative.... it helps

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| Oct 24, 2017

very good information about child, thanks

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| Oct 23, 2017

many thanks for sharing this useful informative blog. I wish I had access to this information while I was a lactating Mom .stress does have a direct role to play in let down of milk. I am sure many Moms would benefit from this blog.. thanks again.

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| Oct 22, 2017

very much helpful....

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| Oct 22, 2017

wow thank u so much ...... it's more helpful for me

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| Oct 22, 2017

wow thank u so much ...... it's more helpful for me

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| Oct 08, 2017

really nice blog

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| Aug 19, 2017

kya hum jeera sauf or ajwain in 3ko ek saath boil kr Paani le sakte h, ya alag -2?

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| Aug 01, 2017

thanks for information... it really helps..

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| Aug 01, 2017

useful information

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| Jul 17, 2017

my baby is six months old n she doesn't take milk from bottle.. can u pls suggest something

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| Jul 16, 2017

wat is this nursing tea , where can I get this or is it some home remedy ,if it is how do I make this

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| 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.

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks for the suggestion...

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| Jul 14, 2017

bread and milk, oats, barley water help in milk production. even raw papaya curry helps

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| Jul 13, 2017

hey Ramya... I can suggest you something other than this.. soak sabudana (sago) overnight.. then heat it in a pan with milk... u can have some sugar in it for taste.. it will surely help

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| Jul 12, 2017

can anybody suggest more food items to increase breast milk

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| Jul 12, 2017

can u please tell me.. how much milk i should give my daughter when i feed her with breast milk after pumping... she is 2 months and 5days old today...

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| Jul 12, 2017

thank u ..... gud information

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| Jul 11, 2017

good Information, Thank u.

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| 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..

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| Jul 10, 2017

god info...

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| Jun 28, 2017

thank you good info

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| Jun 24, 2017

Gud information

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| Jun 24, 2017

my baby is 11months now... bt I don't think my milk is sufficient for him if I want to increase my milk how I can

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| Jun 24, 2017

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| Jun 24, 2017

best information

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| Jun 23, 2017

Good information

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| Jun 23, 2017

awesome

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| Jun 23, 2017

thank u

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| Apr 27, 2017

thanku 4 the information :-)

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| Apr 27, 2017

Gud information..

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| Apr 11, 2017

good info.. ty..

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| Apr 08, 2017

Good information thanks

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| Mar 27, 2017

thanks a lot good information

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| Mar 27, 2017

thanks a lot....

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| Mar 23, 2017

very nice article.

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| Mar 20, 2017

very nice article... breastfeeding is s most amazing thing only a woman can experience... the bonding we share with our kid... it's d most precious feeling... happy feeding new moms... enjoy this phase of life :-)

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| Mar 20, 2017

too good... thank you fr suggestions...

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| Mar 16, 2017

This blog is such a wonderfully... very useful info.. thanks so much for sharing! nice one is here.. www. momcuddle. com

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| Mar 06, 2017

thank u for the most needed advice...

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| Mar 02, 2017

Very helpful suggestions...

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| 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...

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| Jan 05, 2017

Hi I have 1 month baby nd I used Leptaden tablet bt no result for me so pls any suggestions for me

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| Nov 04, 2016

Informative!

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| 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. .!!

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| Sep 01, 2016

I have 10month old baby. Initially, i used lactonic granules to improve lactation

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| Aug 31, 2016

Hi janani it's minal.... n d powder's name is galact granules.... U can find it on net.... n can get it from a medical store...

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| Aug 26, 2016

Hi Minaj, what is the name of the powder to boost lactation

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| 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

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| Aug 11, 2016

thanks a lot for this knowledge :)

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| Jul 28, 2016

thankx Tanisha ☺

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| 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.

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| Jul 28, 2016

to increase breast milk which powder is gud fr tat

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| Jul 16, 2016

thanks

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| Jul 06, 2016

wil implement it surely

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| Jun 30, 2016

VRY useful...

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| Jun 25, 2016

nice one

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| Jun 23, 2016

Hi Brinda, you may take some saunf, ajwain and methi seeds boil them in a water, sieve and then drink that water. It will help in increasing milk production.

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| Jun 23, 2016

thanks for useful info

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| Jun 22, 2016

ajwain saunf halem methi seeds also. drumstick leaves.

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| Jun 22, 2016

thanks for ur guidelines

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| Jun 22, 2016

very very important tips

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| Jun 22, 2016

Important tips for all lactating mommies.

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| Jun 22, 2016

Helpful tips for all breast feeding mothers.

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| Jun 21, 2016

thanks...

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| Jun 21, 2016

thanks for information

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