How to Increase Milk Supply

On this page, we have a collection of information sourced from our website on how to increase milk supply. You will find advice on specific problems connected to a low milk supply, as well as specific foods, medication and natural methods of increasing supply.

Breastfeeding Twins Milk Supply Comment

Low Milk supply with Twins
by niki

Μy twins spent the first month of their lives in intensive care. They had TTTS (twin to twin transfusion syndrome).

I asked the nurses to see if I could produce milk after the c-section, since I'd heard milk production is more difficult in this case.

Everything seemed ok, so I started pumping every 2-3 milk supply was next to nothing...I managed 10 mls every day...which was pitiful for twins, even if their meal was 15 mls when they were born at 43 weeks…

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First Read

Is my Milk Supply Enough?

First of all, are you sure you have a low milk supply?

Read more here on “Is my baby getting in enough breast milk?"

How to Increase Breast Milk

Reasons why some mothers have a low milk supply and a few ways to increase milk supply…

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Specific Problems Connected to Low Milk Supply

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Breastfeeding

Research shows that mothers with PCOS struggle with low milk supply more often than other mothers.

PCOS and breastfeeding.

Infant Growth Spurts

All babies will have infant growth spurts or also called “frequency days". Mothers almost always think that they have a low milk supply during these growth spurt times, because their baby starts to drink right through the day and becomes very fussy.

Read more about Growth Spurts here.

How to Increase Milk Supply with Galactogogues

There are lactation herbs and medications that are used to increase lactation or stimulate milk production in a lactating mother. It is mostly used for increasing breast milk supply, but is sometimes used to induce lactation by those mothers who want to breastfeed their adopted babies. 

Read more about Galactogogues here.

Breastfeeding with Small Breasts…

Size has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to breastfeed!

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Natural ways of Improving Milk Supply

How to Increase Milk Supply Naturally with herbs

If you have a low milk supply, it’s always best to first try to increase milk production naturally via herbs or via your daily food intake.

Herbs and breastfeeding

Lactogenic foods

Oatmeal and Breastfeeding

Oatmeal contains an amazing array of nutrients like beta-glucans, phytochemicals, protein, fibre, and carbohydrates. This will promote a more lush supply of nourishing milk.

How to Increase Milk Production with Oatmeal

Mothers Milk Tea

The herbs in mother’s milk herbal tea can imitate female hormones, as they contain phyoestrogens. Phytoestrogens, which are plant estrogens, perform a lot like human estrogen.

How to Produce More Breast Milk with Mother's Milk Tea

Fenugreek & Breastfeeding

Fenugreek seed extract is most famous for its milk supply benefits, as it is an excellent galactagogue for induced lactation, mothers don’t need to take dangerous drugs to increase their breast milk supplies anymore.

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Supplemental Nursing

A supplemental nursing system is a feeding tube attached to a bottle that contains either formula or breast milk for supplementary feeding at the breast. This allows a mother to breastfeed her baby even while her baby is being supplemented. Allowing her to increase milk supply whilst her baby is receiving donor milk or formula.

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Breast Massage

Massaging your breasts will clear the milk ducts and get the milk flowing more freely, which will help empty the breasts and therefore trigger higher milk production.

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Breast Compression

Compressions will help drain the breast and therefore increase milk supply.

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Wearing Baby

Wearing your baby can help you increase your milk supply, this is especially helpful to premature babies. 

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Taking a Nursing Vacation

Spend uninterrupted skin-to-skin time with your baby to increase supply. 

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