I was blessed to have an INSANE milk supply with Sydney, and so far it has been great with my second, Sadie, as well. With Sydney I was able to donate hundreds of ounces as well as stop pumping at 7 months and had a frozen supply to feed her until one year. I did try to wean myself with Sydney and as soon as my supply dropped I changed my mind, so I did use many of these tricks to RE-build my supply back then (and ended up getting TOO much and causing myself to have mastitis, but that is another story and also why I KNOW these tips work!).
I know so many mom’s struggle with this issue so I figured I’d share a few tips that I have followed with both girls that I know contributed to a healthy supply!
I do exclusively pump, but any of these tips can be applied to any way you choose to feed your baby!
A few supplements that have worked wonders for me:
- fenugreek- warning your milk will smell like syrup!
- mothers milk tea (I add lemon and stevia)
- hydrate (an all natural Gatorade) since electrolytes and hydration are two KEY things to a healthy supply. you can try some HERE
- shakeology (leafy greens are HUGE for supply, and not only does this have those in abundance but it also tastes incredible and has other herbs and minerals great for a hearty supply)
A few foods that have been known to help increase supply:
- dark beer
- coconut water
- spinach/leafy greens
- sweet potatoes
Some habits that help increase supply:
- power pump- pump for 10 mins, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, continue for as much time as you have to stimulate increase in production/demand
- if you are working out, do so AFTER you pump
- do not wear too tight of bras
- stay away from things that are known to decrease supply such as peppermint, sage and spearmint
- pump while close to your baby, this helps increase production
- think positively!
- if you are BF’ing, wait an hour or so after you feed and pump for at least 20 mins every time you feed
- when pumping if your milk stops, wait for 5 mins and pump again, you can catch 2 let downs and also increase that demand
I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR LACTATION CONSULTANT AND INFORMATION SHARED HERE SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER CONCERNING ANY ISSUES YOU HAVE REGARDING YOU OR YOUR BABY.