How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

On this page we have included a few comments by mothers who have struggled with low milk production.

At the bottom of the page are a few helpful links about increasing breast milk supply. 

There are many reasons why a woman may struggle with supply issues and there are many mothers sitting with this problem. Just know that you are not alone. Please leave any questions or comments below. 

Comments about How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

The Importance of Frequent Feeding

Low milk production - baby not taking breastmilk

By Paru 
“I have three months old baby. I am on/off breastfeeding and also using infant formula milk. But now milk supply of mine is decreased and my baby is not showing any interest to suck my nipple. So I am completely depending on formula milk. 
Is this ok for my baby’s health? What can I do to increase my breasmilk? Is it possible now?”
Nov 23, 2013
Increase milk supply
by: Lyssa 
“Breastmilk is based on supply and demand. The more frequently and completely you empty your breasts of milk, the more you will make. Full breasts make milk slowly, empty breasts make milk more quickly. 
The best way to increase supply is to nurse baby before giving her a bottle, or to simply only nurse. 
You can increase supply by taking a nursing holiday. 
Take a day or two to spend time skin to skin and nurse as often as she would like. This will help with her preference of the bottle. 
It may also be beneficial to stop using a dummy until breastfeeding is re-established. It is very possible to get baby back to full nursing, but imperative that formula and bottles be limited to emergencies. 
If you have a pump, you can also "power pump". This is where you pump 20 mins on, 20 mins off for an hour, then rest an hour, than repeat several times a day for a few days. This mimickes cluster feeding and should help increase supply. 
Formula has it's uses. It can have numerous long term health effects, and breastmilk has proven to be superior, but there are certainly times formula is needed and you are NOT a bad mom for using it. 
Do what you feel you need to do to feed your baby."

Breast Milk Supply Decreasing after Mastitis

Low supply after mastitis?
by dina
“Could a complication of mastitis be low milk supply? 
Ever since I got it, both my breasts started decreasing in milk supply and now my daughter cries every time she's feeding and only nurses for a few minutes before starting to cry, pulling away from my breast. Is this normal? and what can I do about it?”
Aug 13, 2012
Increasing breast milk. 
by: Zelda Behr 
(South Africa)
"Mastitis can cause milk supply to decrease, but it should be temporary.
Question is, did you keep on nursing during the mastitis?
Continuing to breastfeed during mastitis will help clear up the infection or blockage and will ensure that your supply returns.
Your little one might be fussy due to your breastmilk decreasing, the milk becomes salty and she might not like the taste.
Here is some ways to increase your milk supply...
-Try to breastfeed more often, nothing works better than that for establishing your milk supply.
-Herbs: milk thistle, blessed thistle, fenugreek, fennel, brewers yeast, alfalfa, anise, goats rue, hops, red raspberry leave.
- Mothers milk tea (I use this one)
~ Recipe:
2 parts fennel
1 part nettle
1 part blessed thistle
1 part fenugreek
½ part Hops
(grind the seeds before adding the boiling water to them – seep for 15-20 minutes) 
- Lactogenic food: Carrot seeds, beet and yam.
- Beet leaves, spinach, chicory and other dark green leafy vegetables, Raw nuts, flaxseed oil and sesame oil, Water, herbal root-beers, chicory coffee and barley water, Garlic (It has been found that if mom eats a lot of garlic, it gives the breast milk a nicer taste which will increase the time baby spends on the breast therefore increasing breast milk production),Ginger, Green papaya, Dill, Sesame seed.
- Breast massage.
- Pumping between feeds.
- Nipple stimulation.
Good luck.

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