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When your baby nurses and your milk supply is low. It can be worrisome and stressful. If you are wondering how to increase breastmilk supply, then this is the place for you.
There are so many reasons to want to up your supply of breastmilk. You might be worried that you supply is low and your baby isn’t getting enough milk when nursing or maybe you need to increase your milk supply so you can pump or your baby is going through a growth spurt. Whatever the reason, the following ways on how to increase breastmilk supply will get your supply up and quickly!
So let’s dive into some ways to increase breast milk!
How to Increase Breastmilk Supply
I’m focusing on easy and natural ways you can do to increase your milk supply. There are specific herbs you can take, but you need to research them to make sure it is safe for you to do so.
For example, with fenugreek if you have thyroid issues it can lower your thyroid hormone level. Some people have also said fenugreek dried them up.
On the flip side are people who swear by fenugreek. I have a friend says fenugreek was the only thing to get her through pumping exclusively.
So, you need to research carefully with herbs and be diligent about noticing changes happening to your body. If fenugreek has the effect of drying your milk up, you need to be paying attention to the effect it has on your body and the second you see any signs that fenugreek is hurting your milk supply stop taking it.
My number 1 tip is to Stay Hydrated!
You need to make sure you are intaking enough fluids to produce enough milk. I know it seemed like I was not only drinking a ton, but that I was constantly thirsty when nursing my babies.
Also, like truly you need to be drinking enough water. According to Mother Rising Birth if you are nursing you should be drinking an extra 32oz of water. Add that to the 64oz of water that adults should be drinking and you are at 96oz of water! That’s a LOT of water, so make sure you are drinking enough water.
I found keeping a water bottle with me at all times helped tremendously. I also craved the water to be really cold and refreshing. These water bottles from Amazon are wonderful at keeping your ice cold water…icy cold!
There are a variety of recipes for tea that will increase your milk supply. One of my favorite teas to drink when nursing was Mother’s Milk tea from Traditional Medicinals.
Ingredients in this tea are fennel, anise, coriander, fenugreek, and blessed thistle, which are all herbs known for their ability to help increase breast milk supply.
I’ve also heard really great things about Lactagogue tea from some of my friends.
My sister had twins that she was nursing, so I made her some lactation cookies fairly soon after the birth of her boys to help her increase her milk supply. I was still nursing my son at the time and noticed a definite increase in milk supply after eating some of these cookies.
If you want to try making some lactation cookies – this lactation cookie recipe is a great place to start.
If you want lactation cookies, but don’t want the hassle of baking, give these premade lactation cookies a try.
Brewer’s Yeast is known for increasing your milk supply. You can add this into lactation cookies (already an ingredient in a lot of the recipes) or you can add some to other foods as well – oatmeal, mac & cheese or soups to name a few.
Get creative. Some people drink brewer’s yeast in a cup of orange juice or other type of juice. That doesn’t sound like it would taste good to me, but adding it to oatmeal and other foods would be a great way to disguise the taste in my opinion. Using oatmeal is a great idea, since oatmeal is another great way to increase your breastmilk supply.
I mentioned under the brewer’s yeast that eating oatmeal is another way to increase your supply.
I personally like oatmeal. Everyone says that instant oatmeal won’t increase your supply, but I found on days that I did eat instant oatmeal my supply went up. So maybe it doesn’t work for everyone or maybe using regular rolled oats will increase your supply more.
I have friends who needed to eat 3 bowls of oatmeal for oatmeal to work for them, but they did find by eating this much it did increase their supply
I hope you found some ways you can increase your breastmilk supply.
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