Breastfeeding Milk Supply Problems
- March 31, 2020
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hello mamas. I hope that you are well and staying healthy and safe during this global crisis. Fingers crossed our world will come together to combat this virus and save as many people as possible.
Here at CloudMom, we’re focused on the world’s smallest people and how to get them what they need. And on the noble, hardworking folks who care for them. Case in point: Nicole wrote in nervous about her milk supply, asking what I recommend regarding how to produce more breast milk. Mother of a four-month-old baby, she’s concerned that she doesn’t have enough milk. I answer her questions in today’s video, providing some of my best pieces of advice regarding how to increase milk production, including one brand new tip that I have never shared before.
How to Increase Breast Milk Supply
To start, I recommend that Nicole make sure to feed completely from one breast before going to the next breast in order to assure that her baby is getting enough of the thicker, more nutritious hindmilk. Next, I recommend pumping for just five minutes or so after each breastfeeding session. Eating and drinking well and rest are crucial. Finally, one of the best things that can help increase your milk supply is simply focusing on the breastfeeding: carving out the space and time you need for the baby, ensuring that you are feeding as much as possible from one breast, and are not short-changing the nursing based on other family demands. Oftentimes we try to just get the baby full enough to stop fussing, but that is not a complete enough feed, neither for your baby nor for your breasts. Your breasts are the little “engines that could:” the more you tell them to produce milk, the more milk they will create, so you want to have the baby constantly sucking on you! Hang in there, mama, and hope these tips help.
For these tips and more detail, watch my video.
Stay healthy out there, mamas!