There are several things that can be tried to increase breast milk supply. Eating enough calories, getting enough rest, and even trying a few herbal supplements, such as Fenugreek are all things to explore.
Firstly, breastfeeding uses up a lot of calories. Depending on BMI, you might need to eat more now than what you were before the pregnancy. As the fat supply that a pregnant woman puts on while pregnant depletes, more calories will be needed to produce more breast milk. Use our calorie calculator to calculate your specific daily calories needed.
Secondly, getting enough rest and allowing the body to relax, reset, and rejuvenate is essential for milk production. Lack of adequate rest is one of the most common causes of low breast milk supply. Resting can undoubtedly be a challenge with a new baby in the house, but it is vital for at least maintaining a decent supply of breast milk.
Lastly, supplements such as Fenugreek are used worldwide, with excellent results. Fenugreek, in particular, is a herb used to increase breast milk production. Most women see an increase in milk production usually in about 24 hours, give or take. I recommend the natural form of Fenugreek. Fenugreek seeds can be boiled and taken as a tea with honey and lemon for taste.
All in all, there are some straightforward and natural solutions to increasing breast milk supply. The most important is making sure that you consume enough calories and get enough rest. If those two are not an issue, then herbs may be beneficial.
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.
Breastfeeding with Small Breasts - Size has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to breastfeed! Read more here.
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
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.
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.
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. Read more about Breast Massage.
Wearing Baby - Wearing your baby can help you increase your milk supply, this is especially helpful to premature babies.
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.
“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 depend entirely on formula milk.
Is this okay for my baby’s health? What can I do to increase my breastmilk? Is it possible now?"
Increase milk supply
“Breastmilk is based on supply and demand. The more frequently and thoroughly 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.
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 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, then repeat several times a day for a few days. Power pumping mimics 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 indeed times that 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."
Low supply after mastitis?
“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?"
Increasing breast milk.
by: Zelda Behr
"Mastitis can cause milk supply to decrease, but it should be temporary. The question is, did you keep on nursing during the mastitis?
Lactogenic foods: 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, Ginger, Green papaya, Dill, Sesame seed. Garlic is especially great because it has been found to give breast milk a more agreeable taste, which will increase the time the baby spends on the breast, therefore, increasing breast milk production.
Pumping between feeds.
Mothers milk tea (I use this one)
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)