How To Boost Low Breast Milk Production Naturally!
Help! My Breast Milk Production Is Low!
We see this concern time and time again. And often times it is met with offers of galactogogues, tinctures, old wives tales, and straight up dangerous advice to the mother and baby. As a breastfeeding mom of two, I too, know the pressure put on mothers to produce a substantial amount of milk or you're seen as a failure. Well I'm here to tell you today to ignore all the foolishness! You are not a failure and we are mothers that are doing our very best daily.
Society is so used to the measurements and data sat out from formula feeding that they forgot how the biological norm is for breastfed babies. If you are wondering if you have a true supply issue always meet with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) They can make sure your infant doesn't present any ties that may hinder milk transfer, they can do weighted feeds, they can also make referrals to other healthcare professionals.
Tips To Boost Breast Milk Supply:
- Increase night-time breastfeeding. Dream feeding is a natural supply booster. Your little one doesn't have to be awake, just allow them to latch frequently at night.
- Keep baby skin-to-skin. The benefits of skin to skin are amazing! Not only will it increase your supply but it also regulates baby's breathing, heart rate, and temperature.
- Put away the pacifier. Let baby suckle at the breasts for comfort. Remember you are the original pacifier and baby's nurse for more than hunger and thirst.
- Ditch the schedule. Breastfeed on demand at the first signs of hunger cues.
- Breastfeed more often. You should be moving milk by latching or pumping every 2-3 hours and pumping during missed feeds/ while you're away from baby.
- Catch leaking milk during/ after breastfeeding. There are some really great products on the market that catch leaking milk. Check out our product review coming soon!
- Take a "babymoon." This isn't your traditional vacation before baby is born- this is a weekend getaway at your house where you and your child nurse all day, do lots of skin to skin, and catching leaking milk.
- Power pump. Power pumping is mimicking the clusterfeeding pattern behavior of a breastfed baby. Pump 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, then pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, and finally pump 10 more minutes.
Here's some of our favorite breastfeeding supply infographics to help you remember!