Updated: Oct 3
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Breastfeeding a baby is a full-time job where you are also required to bring all the necessary tools. What happens when you’re not producing enough breast milk for your hungry little one? Fortunately, you can try lots of tricks to help increase your supply.
1. Nurse Baby More Often
Supply and demand is real, and the more your baby demands milk, the more you should produce. Start nursing your baby more often to help increase your supply. Aim for every two hours during the day and at least four times at night. You will feel like all you do is breastfeed, but this is a great way to increase your supply.
If your baby isn’t nursing very long when you increase feedings, use a pump. Your body will know that it needs to produce more milk if it’s being asked for more regularly.
2. Drink More Water
You need to stay hydrated, and breastfeeding takes a lot out of you. Drink water regularly, and keep a water bottle near you while breastfeeding so you can sip on it.
3. Be Sure Baby Is Latching Correctly
An improper latch can ruin your breastfeeding attempts. Your baby has to be latched properly to bring your milk down and ensure that breastfeeding isn’t painful for you.
A lactation specialist can help you teach your baby how to latch properly. You can also find videos that show how to hold your baby’s head and lead him to the breast in a way that helps him latch fully.
4. Mother’s Milk Tea
A yummy way to increase your milk supply is by using your mother’s milk tea. This tea can be bought at almost any store, and it has herbs that make your milk supply increase. Drink it daily for the best results.
5. Pump After and Between Nursing Sessions
It’s a lot of work, but pumping after you nurse and between nursing sessions will increase your milk supply. It’s all about supply and demand. The more you demand milk through nursing or pumping, the more your supply should increase.
6. Breastfeed on Both Sides Each Time
Your baby may have a favorite side to nurse from, but he needs to breastfeed from both sides at every feeding. Switch sides when he is finished with one side or after 15 minutes, and then let him nurse off of the other for the same amount of time.