Ideas for Increasing Your Breastmilk Supplyby Meri Hanson Levy, CLE, Bonding & Parenting Coach
Ever wonder "is my breast-fed baby getting enough to eat?" Click the link for tips to tell if your breastfed baby is getting enough milk. Most nursing moms make more than enough milk for their baby, but sometimes nature needs a little boost to get things moving in the right direction.
If you're trying to increase your milk supply, here are some ideas from my experience working with new moms and lactation consultants at the Center.
- Try fenugreek seed capsules, GoLacta Malunggay or More Milk Plus. We've seen that Go Lacta and More Milk Plus from MotherLove Herbal Company are the best products out there to increase your milk supply safely and effectively, and that is why we sell them at The Nurture Center. Go-Lacta is a vegan supplement from the leaves of Malunggay tree. You take it in the last week or so of pregnancy and while nursing. Studies have shown that mothers who ate Mulunggay produced 228% more milk than mothers who didn’t. It is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Protein.
- Nurse often -- at least 8-12 times a day during the first two months. Your baby is better than any breast pump at stimulating your milk supply. And emptying the breast completely tells your body to make more milk. To encourage your baby to empty your breasts more completely, use gentle breast compression to bring down additional milk when your baby begins to swallow less often during a feeding. If your baby is not nursing well or often enough, use a high-quality breast pump. You can use a breast pump after each breastfeeding to give your milk supply an additional boost.
- Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and eat nutritious food. Many mothers are able to produce adequate milk on little sleep and an inadequate diet, but if your milk supply is low, your body may need to be nourished and rested in order to produce more milk for your baby.
- Birth control pills (even the "mini-pill"), antihistamines and other medications may affect your milk supply. If you have any questions, talk to your health professional.
There are other techniques and products that can assist with increasing breastmilk supply. A good resource can be found on La Leche League's Website
Meri Hanson Levy, CLE is a Coach-Parenting™ Certified Coach and Certified Lactation Educator, the mother of three children, as well as the former Executive Director of The Nurture Center. Visit her website at www.BondingCoach.com.