Tips for Increasing Your Milk Supply

As a new mom, you’ve got a lot on your plate!  Caring for your new bundle of joy, balancing functioning on no sleep, adjusting to your new life and for a lot of moms…breastfeeding!  Breastfeeding on it’s own can be a learning process, but what happens if you’re struggling to produce enough milk?  Don’t worry, mamas, we’ve got some of the top tips on increasing that milk supply!

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Eat Enough.

When breastfeeding, it is imperative that you’re feeding yourself, too!  We know it can seem difficult with your newborn in your arms, but getting a few balanced meals is necessary in creating your milk supply.  And not just empty calories, Mama, make sure you’re getting the good stuff!

A few foods can even work double duty for you — nourishing you and boosting that milk!  For breakfast, try foods like oatmeal, avocado, and bananas.  For snacking, reach for almonds, fennel seed, and carrots.  Anything with spinach, brewers yeast, or barley wheat is a win, too!

Hydrate.

You heard us!  Even though you’re no longer pregnant, it’s just as important to stay hydrated each day!  Make sure you have a bottle of water on you at all times — some mamas even swear by Gatorade!

Get some shut-eye.

We know, easier said than done!  However, make sure you take advantage of any time you have to get some sleep, Mama.  You can’t nourish your little one without taking care of yourself first!  Sleep will go a long way in boosting that milk supply.

Make some tea.

A lactation tea like this one can make a huge difference in that milk supply!  With natural ingredients like fennel and other organic herbs, you can feel good about what’s going in your body and what’s coming out for baby.  (Note that teas like this are NOT for use during pregnancy.)

Nurse on demand.

Or power pump!  We know you want your little one on a routine, but if you need a boost, try nursing any time they’re hungry — this can be a really great natural way to boost supply!  Also try combining this with power pumping — after you’re done nursing, immediately pump for 10 minutes to get anything baby left behind!  You can also do this any time by pumping for 10 minutes, resting for 10, and then pumping again for 10.  Try this for an hour twice a day for 2 days, and we’re sure you’ll see the difference!

Most importantly, mamas, just hang in there!  We know it can be tough, but you and your body will get the hang of it in no time!  We’re always here if you need any help.