Breastfeeding

Tips to remedy a low breast milk supply

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The BEST way to prevent a low milk supply, or increase your milk supply is to BREASTFEED MORE!

Breastfeeding is a supply and demand system which means that the more that you "demand" (feed, pump or express) from your breast, the more your body will make.

Most issues with low milk supply are caused by not feeding frequently enough, not having a proper latch which interferes with the flow of milk, or just a perceived issue with low supply which causes someone to start supplementing which then actually causes the exact issue they thought they had.

This is why it is so important to understand how your body makes milk, how much you actually need, and how to know your breastfed baby is getting enough since you can't see or measure the milk. In my online breastfeeding class "Simply Breastfeeding"…I discuss all of this in great detail, and this is information that will be critical to know and understand before your baby is born and while you are breastfeeding.

If you do indeed have a low milk supply, there are some ways to remedy this. Feeding more frequently at the breast, increased skin to skin contact with your baby, " wearing" your baby in a sling so the baby is close to you and available to feed on demand, using herbal supplements such as fenugreek in tincture or capsule form and drinking 3-4 cups per day of Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea which contains organic herbs that promote milk production. You may also want to try pumping your breasts after each feeding to help with stimulation and promote more milk production.

Use an electric, double-sided breast pump that has good, effective suction, and multiple settings and speeds that you can adjust on your own so that you can set it to the highest suction level that is still comfortable for you, such as the Evenflo Feeding Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump (comes with 32 settings, individual speed and suction controls, and 3 different flange sizes included for perfect fit to the breast).

Overall, from my experience with thousands of moms is that the large majority of low milk supply issues are actually perceived issues (meaning mom thinks she is not making enough when she actually is), or caused by this perception. Mom thinks there is not enough so she supplements with formula which then causes an “actual” problem of low supply which would not have occurred if she continued to just breastfeed.

Either way, if you are concerned about your supply, the most important thing that you can do is seek expert advice from a Lactation Consultant, and the sooner the better! Waiting will only make what may be a small issue into a large issue which is much harder to remedy.

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