6 Effective Ways to Increase Low Breastmilk Supply
A lot of new moms get the shock of their lives when they have their baby and their breastmilk supply is delayed or is not enough. This is not a foreign occurrence, it happens to lots of moms and the good news we want to share with you today is that, you are not alone.
A lot of moms have gone through this phase and they have been able to build back their milk supply by following the following 6 effective ways to increase breastmilk supply
1. Check your baby’s latch
Sometimes you might be having a low milk supply because you think your baby is putting in enough demand whereas she’s not. To get your baby to latch on correctly,
- Tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple. This will help your baby open their mouth wide.
- Aim your nipple just above your baby’s top lip. Make sure your baby’s chin isn’t tucked into their chest.
- Aim your baby’s lower lip away from the base of your nipple. Baby’s lips should be turned outward like a fish. Your baby should lead into the breast chin first and then latch onto your breast. Your baby’s tongue should be extended, and your breast should fill your baby’s mouth.
2. Check your breast anatomy
If your nipples are flat or inverted, you might need a little help to get your supply up. Try and throw in a few pumping sessions, you can also try and hand express.
Moms with flat or inverted nipples are advised to speak to a lactation consultant to get a routine tailored to their needs. This has been one of the foremost reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding early.
Inverted or flat nipples does not mean you cannot give your baby the best milk.
3. Ensure you are nursing or pumping at least 10 times daily
Your body would only produce the amount of milk it thinks you need and this is determined by the amount of time you ask your body for milk. This is very simple, ensure you nurse or pump on EACH breast at least ten times daily. The more you are stimulating the breasts, the more milk you’ll get
4. Don’t forget your lactation products
We strongly recommend you get our lactation products. The milkbooster lactation products are made from carefully selected lactogenic ingredients that have been proven to increase breastmilk supply. You have the option of the lactation cookies, granola, smoothie mix, and chocolate drink.
5. Stay Hydrated
Drink a minimum of 2.5 liters of water daily. It has been proven that 80% of breastmilk is water, so it’s only rational for you to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
6. Reduce all form of stress to the barest minimum
Between lack of sleep and adjusting to the baby’s schedule, rising levels of certain hormones such as cortisol can dramatically reduce your milk supply especially in the first few weeks of delivery.
7. Talk to a Lactation Consultant
If you have tried all of these tips and you are still battling with low milk supply, then you need to contact a lactation consultant. There can only be an underlying condition that is hindering your milk supply from increasing and only a lactation consultant will be able diagnose correctly.