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Breastfeeding Help

help-milk-supplyCongratulations! You have found (what we think) is the best online resource for breastfeeding help!

What Sort of Breastfeeding Help do You Want?

We offer free breastfeeding help articles about many topics, focusing mostly on milk production:

  • General breastfeeding help and questions answered
  • The causes of low milk production
  • How to increase milk production

General Breastfeeding Help And Questions Answered

Do you have a specific breastfeeding help question you want answered? If so, check out these helpful articles:
Breastfeeding and caffeine
Breastfeeding and alcohol
Breastfeeding and birth control

If you’re having to supplement breastfeeding with formula, here’s some helpful breastfeeding articles:
How to supplement breastfeeding with formula
The 4 huge mistakes when breastfeeding with formula
The bottle breastfeeding help system

Perhaps you need breastfeeding help because:
Your baby is too sleepy to breastfeed properly
Your baby is crying after breastfeeding
Your baby is crying while breastfeeding
Your baby is taking a bottle after breastfeeding
Your baby is breastfeeding all the time
Your breastfeeding baby is fussy at night

If you’re a breastfeeding mom who will have to return to work, you might be searching for breastfeeding help about your upcoming return to work. We’ve got you covered. First, you should get your plan together for returning to work. Once that’s done, we can help you to get your daily plan set for the days when you’ll be away from baby. Also don’t miss our breastfeeding help articles on selecting a good pump, pumping at work dos and don’ts and our handy, printable breast milk storage guidelines.

Breastfeeding Help : The Causes Of Low Milk Production

If you are searching for breastfeeding help because you are concerned that your milk production may not be as high as it should one of the first steps to increase milk production is to find the cause for why it’s low. If you can find that cause and if it is fixable your milk production should increase with will undoubtably help breastfeeding.

Causes for low milk production usually come from either the mother or from the baby. Causes from the baby include an incorrect latch, tiny mouth, tongue tied and reflux problems. Causes from the mother include aggressive dieting, overexertion, stress, postpartum hemorrhage, thyroid dysfunction and breast surgery.

The best place to start for breastfeeding help on the causes of low milk production is our overview article on the 27 causes of low milk production.

Breastfeeding Help : How To Increase Milk Production

Finally we offer many breastfeeding help articles on how to increase milk production. A good place to start is our article that will help you know for certain if you are producing enough breast milk. If you find that your milk production is low, we can help with the 11 ways to help increase milk production, the best way to help increase milk supply, how to boost your breast milk supply, and herbal remedies for specific low milk production issues.

We even have articles on how to help your milk production by using psychology, eastern treatments for low milk production and a help article about lactation herbs.

Conclusion

If all that breastfeeding help is still not what you’re looking for, don’t leave yet! We have an entire section of our website dedicated to breastfeeding help articles. Click or tap and find the breastfeeding help you need! Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Increase Milk Production For Pumping

breast-milk-pumpThere are several things you can do to increase milk production for pumping:

  • Try an all-natural, milk production-boosting herbal supplement that targets pumping
  • Increase milk production by being demanding
  • Create a letdown kit
  • Make sure your pump is ready
  • Avoid milk production destroyers

We will look at each of these in this article.

Increase Milk Production For Pumping With An Herbal Supplement

There are several herbal supplements that boost milk production on the market today but will look at just one here. Lactiful Supply Max is special because:

  • It contains an ingredient specifically targeting pumping – Lactiful Supply Max contains fennel seed which naturally increases the frequency and effectiveness of the letdown reflex. The more letdowns you get while pumping the more milk will fill those pump bottles.
  • A 2012 study showed that Lactiful increased milk production in 75% of the women who took it – We couldn’t find any other studies involving other herbal supplements.
  • It’s fully guaranteed to increase milk production or you get a complete refund – If Lactiful doesn’t increase your milk production for pumping, it won’t have cost you a penny to have tried it.

You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max here.

Increase Milk Production By Being Demanding

Milk production is a supply and demand system where the body tries to match milk production to the amount of milk that’s being removed each day. Because you want to increase milk production for pumping, you’ll need to increase demand now so that you body has time to respond with increased production.

Increasing demand usually falls into two strategies: removing milk frequently and removing milk completely. You’ll want to increase the number of times each day (24 hour time period) that you are removing milk and you’ll want to be sure that every time you remove milk you’re removing it completely. Milk left in the breast for long periods of time signals the body that it is over producing and to cut production.

We’ve written articles on each topic to give you all the details on removing milk frequently and removing milk completely.

Create A Letdown Kit

A letdown kit is a way to connect with your baby while away from baby and pumping. Humans are “wired” to letdown milk for a breastfeeding infant, not a machine, so a letdown kit helps ease that transition. You’ll want to include in your letdown kit things that remind you, emotionally of your baby. Some ideas:

  • Favorite baby photos on your phone or computer set up in a slideshow you can watch while you pump.
  • An unwashed baby blanket or clothing that smells like your baby.
  • Recording of your baby’s sounds you can listen to while you pump.
  • A baby toy with emotional meaning.

These things can help you have more and easier letdowns while you pump.

Make Sure Your Pump Is Ready

Be sure to check all connections, fittings and hoses of your pump. Make sure suction power is still strong and that they flanges fit and are comfortable.

Avoid Milk Production Destroyers

Finally to increase milk production for pumping, you’ll want to be sure to avoid anything that can cause a decrease in milk production. Things like overexertion, aggressive dieting, dehydration, etc. We’ve put together an article on the 27 causes of low milk production. Be sure to review the list.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be sure to increase milk production for pumping. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How To Increase Production of Milk When Breastfeeding

baby scaleTo increase milk production when breastfeeding you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Buy or rent a dual breast pump (if you don’t already have one)
  2. Investigate the causes of low milk production and correct any issues you may discover
  3. Increase the demand you put on the production of milk
  4. Try an all-natural herbal supplement that increases milk production

Let’s look at each of these in detail:

Buy Or Rent A Dual Breast Pump

To increase production of milk when breastfeeding, you’ll need a good, high quality dual electric breast pump, which you’ll use in the third step (increase the demand on your production of milk). If you already own a breast pump be sure to check it carefully for any signs that it needs maintenance. Check the hoses for punctures, make sure the suction is still strong and all parts are in working order.

If you don’t have a breast pump you can rent a hospital grade pump from your local hospital, WIC office and some lactation consultants. Or you can purchase a consumer grade pump. Pumps vary widely in quality, so spend some time doing research and get the highest quality pump you can afford.

Investigate The Causes Of Low Milk Production And Correct Any Issues You May Discover

Sometimes milk production issues can be linked to a specific cause from simple things like too much stress or aggressive exercise and weight loss to more complicated issues such as an under active thyroid or PCOS. We have written an overview article about  27 causes of low milk production. It’s a great place to start your investigation. Each cause listed has it’s own detailed article about how to determine if you have this issue and what to do to resolve it.

Increase The Demand You Put On The Production Of Milk

Milk production in breastfeeding women is a supply and demand system, which basically means that our bodies try to match milk production to how much milk baby is removing when breastfeeding. However if you want to increase production of milk when breastfeeding and your production is less than what baby needs, you have to let your body know that it is not making enough.

Put simply, in a supply and demand system, if you want to increase supply, then you need to increase demand. So how do you increase the demand for your milk? You’ll start by increasing the number of times you breastfeed each day and you’ll continue by using the breast pump you acquired in step one.

It really comes down to doing two things well:

Click the links to view complete articles on each topic.

Try An All-Natural Herbal Supplement That Increases Milk Production

Last, but not least, you should try an herbal supplement that increases milk production. There are a handful of all-natural herbs that can increase milk production. These herbs work in the body and naturally boost the amount of milk your body is producing.

The success rate of these herbal supplements is quite high. For instance Lactiful Supply Max was found in a 2012 study to increase milk production in 75% of the women who tried it. The average amount of milk production increase was 14.8 additional ounces of breast milk production per day!

You can get to know Lactiful in 30 seconds hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

What Can Increase Breast Milk?

help-milk-supplyMany women who are breastfeeding or exclusively pumping wonder what can increase breast milk. The good news is that it’s fairly simple. To increase breast milk most women have to do two things:

  • Increase the demand on your milk supply
  • Take a milk-boosting supplement

What Makes These Two Things So Special For Increasing Breast Milk?

It’s helpful to think of increasing breast milk the same way that a body builder thinks of making more muscle. A body builder might ask the question, “What can increase muscle size?” The answers to that question are probably: Working out at the gym more and making sure she is eating a high protein diet. A lot of protein is required to increase muscle size.

Increasing breast milk done in a similar way. But instead of hitting the gym to work out your muscles, you increase the demand on your breast milk supply and instead of eating a lot of protein, you take a milk-boosting herbal supplement. Let’s look at each of these in detail.

Increase Breast Milk Step 1: Increase The Demand On Your Milk Supply

To increase breast milk you have to let you body know that you want more milk (this is just like how a body builder lets her body know she wants more muscles by lifting heavy weights). To do this you have to do two things:

  • Increase the amount of time that you are breastfeeding and or pumping
  • Completely remove all the milk each time

The easiest way to let you body know that you want to increase breast milk is to breastfeed or pump more often. You should let no more than 2 to 3 hours pass between the start of one breastfeeding or pumping session to the start of the next one during the day. 4 hours during the night. It is okay if you are not immediately getting more milk during these extra sessions because that’s how you’re letting your body know to make more milk. (Back to the body builder example, she doesn’t make more muscles instant she lifts the heavy weight – it takes time for her body to respond to the demands placed on it.)

The other thing you can do to increase breast milk is to completely remove all the milk from both sides each session. To do this while breastfeeding, breastfeed on both sides then after baby is finished, be sure to pump both sides for 10 additional minutes. Pump even though no more milk is coming out. To do this while pumping, be sure to continue to pump for 10 more minutes after milk stops flowing.

We have written articles specifically about removing milk frequently and completely. See them for more details.

Increase Breast Milk Step 2: The Benefits Of A Milk-Boosting Herbal Supplement

Now that you’re letting your body know that you want to increase breast milk production, give it the best chance for success by taking an herbal supplement that aids milk production. This is your version of the protein that a body builder needs for making more muscle. There are many herbal supplements on the market to choose from, but only Lactiful Supply Max guarantees results or your money back. Other cheaper options come with few milk-boosting herbs and no guarantee.

A 2012 study showed that 75% of the moms who took Lactiful Supply Max increased their milk supply. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max here.

As long as you keep these steps in mind you will know what can increase breast milk production.  Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Help! I Need Breast Milk!

Q. I Need Breast Milk – Where Can I Get It?

A. The good news is there are many sources of breast milk and this article will cover them in detail. If you are a breastfeeding mother and are interested in producing more breast milk, we’ll cover that too at the end.

I need breast milk – here are the sources (fresh breast milk)

I need breast milk - fresh milkIf you need breast milk in a hurry or if you prefer fresh (not frozen) breast milk, one of the best sources is breastfeeding or exclusively pumping moms in your area. Often these moms can add a pumping session and produce an extra 4 to 8 ounces a day. How do you find them? First check family and friends. Are any of your relatives or close friends currently breastfeeding? If so let them know of your need for breast milk. If they have extra breast milk supply, most moms are willing to share their extra breast milk.

If you don’t know of any family or friends that are currently breastfeeding, it’s time to network. Do you have any family or friends that used to breastfeed or that have small children. These families are often in contact with other families of small children and will often provide an introduction after you explain your need for breast milk.

If networking still doesn’t turn up the needed breast milk, contact your local le leche league leader (say that five times fast!) and explain that you need breast milk. The leader can often put you in contact with a mom who is willing to pump extra breast milk.

No matter how you get the breast milk you need, you should first pasteurize it before giving it to your baby. See our article on how to pasteurize breast milk for complete directions.

I need breast – the sources for frozen breast milk

Frozen breast milk is often easier to get than fresh breast milk. Often moms will pump extra breast when their baby is young and store up a huge bank of breast milk in the freezer with the thought that when they return to work or school they will be able to tap into their freezer stash. Sometimes the don’t use all the breast milk and it there is extra breast milk available for anyone who wants it.

To find sources for frozen breast milk is very similar to finding sources for fresh breast milk. Start with your local family and friends and explain that you need breast milk. But you can also ask distant friends and relatives. Usually breast milk will stay frozen if it is shipped quickly (1 to 2 days) and is packed with ice or dry ice. If you can’t find a source for the breast milk you need, turn to your network, just like above and see if you can find a friend of a friend. And failing that contact your local le leche league leader.

If you’ve tried all of those sources and still need breast milk, there’s another source for frozen breast milk and that’s the milk bank. There are several milk banks around the country that collect donated breast milk, pasteurize it and freeze it for long term storage. If you don’t have a milk bank within driving distance, many milk banks will ship frozen breast milk overnight.

I need breast milk – and want to produce it myself!

If you need breast milk and want to produce it yourself, you can increase you can increase your breast milk production by following the suggestions on our article, the 11 ways to increase breast milk supplyClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How Can You Increase Your Milk Supply?

Before we get into the specifics of how you can increase you milk supply I’m going to assume that you already have good reasons for increasing your milk supply: either you’ve discovered that you have low milk supply or you will soon be returning to work or school soon and you need to bank up a freezer stash of breast milk so that it can be given to your baby while you are away.

If you are unsure if have low milk supply you can take one of two milk production tests:

  • Feed weight test – In this test you will weigh your baby on a baby scale before and after every breastfeeding session for 24 hours. You’ll then use the results to see how much milk you are producing and compare that to what a thriving baby normally consumes per day.
  • 3 hour pump test – In this test you’ll pump 4 times over the course of 3 hours. You’ll then use the results to see how much milk you are producing and compare that to what a thriving baby normally consumes per day.

For more information and specific instructions on how you can do these milk supply tests at home, see our article on the two milk supply tests.

Increase Your Milk Supply by Fixing Any Problems

So how can you increase your milk supply? The first step to fix anything that could be causing your supply to decrease. Sometimes it’s simple things are are preventing milk supply from increasing. Things like too aggressive of a diet or exercise routine. Or just not drinking enough water or getting  enough calories. (And sometimes the reasons are far more complex, like thyroid problems.) We’ve put together a separate article on 27 causes of low milk supply – this overview article contains links to articles which go into detail about each specific cause of low milk supply. Start here and see if there’s some action you can take to increase your milk supply.

Increase Your Milk Supply by Increasing Milk Demand

Next, you can usually increase your milk supply by removing breast milk more frequently and more completely. The more often breast milk is being removed and the more completely it is being removed the more it signals the body that it is not making enough milk and that milk supply should be increased. Strive to go no more than 3 hours between breastfeeding or pumping sessions as measured from the start of one session to the start of another. At night strive to go no more than 4 hours between session. Add one or two bonus sessions to each 24 hour period as well.

That covers increasing the frequency – what about increasing the completeness of the milk removal? For that you’ll want to be sure to pump after ever breastfeeding session for an additional 7 minutes or until no more milk is coming out, whichever is longer. If you’re exclusively pumping, you’ll want to continue to pump for 10 additional minutes beyond when you’d normally stop.

Increase Your Milk Supply With Herbal Supplements

In additional to frequently and completely removing the breast milk, most moms increase their milk supply when they take an herbal supplement that increases milk supply. At 2012 observational study showed that 75% of the mothers who took the herbal supplement, Lactiful Supply Max increased their milk supply. The average increase (of those who saw an increase) was 14.8 additional ounces of breast milk produced each day.

You can see more about Lactiful Supply Max here.

Follow these simple steps and you can increase your milk supply! Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How To Get More Breast Milk

There are 3 steps to get more breast milk:

  1. Find and any fix any cause of low milk supply
  2. Frequently and completely remove breast milk
  3. Take a supplement for breast milk

How To Get More Breast Milk Step 1 : Find and any fix any cause of low milk supply

how to get more breast milkSometimes the best way to get more breast milk is to fix what is causing your low milk supply in the first place! Perhaps you have a hormone imbalance which is causing your milk production to be abnormally low. If that’s the case you could visit your doctor, get a prescription to bring your hormones back into balance and that can result in you getting more breast milk.

That’s just one example but there are many, many causes of low milk supply and some are fairly easy to fix while some (like severed milk ducts from a breast operation) are not fixable at all, but if you want to get more breast milk your first step is to investigate the causes of low milk supply and see if any of them ring a bell for what might be causing your breast milk production to be low.

The best place to start your investigation is our article on 27 causes of low breast milk production. This is an overview article which links to 27 specific articles about the various causes of low breast milk supply. If you find one or more possible causes of your low milk production, try to fix them as best you can. Whether you identify the cause or not, proceed to how to get more breast milk step 2.

How To Get More Breast Milk Step 2 : Frequently and completely remove breast milk

The human body tries to adapt to the stresses that are put on it. For example if you stress your muscles by lifting heavy weights, your body tries to adapt by building more muscles so that lifting those heavy weights is not so stressful. If you want to get more breast milk you have to put stress on your milk supply. That means that you are frequently and completely removing breast milk. When put this kind of stress on your milk supply, your body will try to adapt by producing more and more breast milk, provided it can. (If you are dehydrated, malnourished, experiencing a great deal of stress, overexerting yourself through rigorous exercise or anything else that will prevent increased milk production or body may want to give you more breast milk, but it won’t be able to until the other issues are resolved.)

We’ve written two articles, one on frequently removing breast milk and one on completely removing breast milk that have all the details of scheduling and how to.

How To Get More Breast Milk Step 3 : Take a supplement for breast milk

In the last section we said that the body wants to adapt to the stresses that are put on it and that it will adapt if it is able. Now imagine a weightlifter who goes to the gym every day, but eats a diet of junk food. That weightlifter get far better results if she eats healthy and eats a lot of protein because protein is an important building block for increasing muscle tissue.

In the same way, to get more breast milk you should eat breast milk “protein.” What is that? There are certain herbal supplements that help women increase their breast milk supply. One study of Lactiful Supply Max showed that 75% of the moms who took it increased their breast milk supply.

If you want to get more breast milk, be sure to take your breast milk “protein.” You can see more about Lactiful Supply Max here.

If you follow these three simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to getting more breast milk!  Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Low Production of Breastmilk

How To Know If You Have a Low Production of Breastmilk

help-milk-supplyIt is common for many breastfeeding moms to worry if they have a low production of breastmilk because when breastfeeding there’s no way to see how much breastmilk baby is getting. So how do you know if you have low production?

The wrong way to tell if you have low breastmilk production is focusing on symptoms such as empty feeling breasts, or not being able to feel letdowns, or if baby is crying at the breast. Each of these symptoms could be a sign of low production of breastmilk, however they are not reliable indicators by themselves.

Empty feeling breasts can be normal when the body adjusts it’s production to match baby’s milk intake. And many women with very good breastmilk supplies do not feel letdowns. And finally, a baby crying at the breast could indicate a problem with reflux for simply an overstimulated or overtired baby.

So what’s the right way to tell if you have a low production of breastmilk?

There are two ways to tell if you have a low production of breastmilk:

  1. When your baby is not gaining weight as fast as baby should.
  2. When you test your milk production and find out you’re production of breastmilk is less than baby requires.

Baby weight gain

All babies follow a growth chart which shows how much a baby should weigh and measure at any point in the first few years of life. Of course, just as some adults are taller and some are shorter, the same is true of babies and this variance is taken into account. As long as you are having regular doctor visits for your baby, the doctor should be measuring and weighing baby and will alert you to any changes in your baby’s growth. As long as your doctor says your baby is gaining the right amount of weight, you don’t have a problem with low breastmilk production.

Testing your breastmilk production

Another way to tell if you have a low production of breastmilk is to test your production. There are two basic tests that you can do to measure how much breastmilk you are making in each 24 hour day. One test is called the feed weight test and for it you’ll weight baby before and after each breastfeeding session for an entire day. Adding up all the differences in weights will tell you how much breastmilk you are producing. The other test is the pump test and in it, you’ll pump both breasts 4 times over the course of 3 hours and this will tell you how much breastmilk you are producing in 24 hours. For detailed instructions on how to complete each of these tests, see our article on measuring your breastmilk production.

What To Do If You Have a Low Production of Breastmilk

If you’ve done one of the breastmilk production tests described above and found that you have low production of breastmilk or if a doctor or other health care professional has told you that your baby is not gaining weight as fast as he or she should, then you’ll want to take steps to increase your breastmilk production. We’ve written many articles on how to increase breastmilk production. The article, 11 ways to increase breastmilk supply is a good place to start. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Not Making Enough Milk?

Breastfeeding moms can often be worried about not making enough milk and it’s completely understandable because there’s not a milk gauge preinstalled on each breast. Wouldn’t that be convenient?

Should You Be Concerned You Are Not Making Enough Milk?

Certain things like not feeling letdowns or breasts that don’t feel full can make a mom concerned she is not making enough milk. However usually these and symptoms like them are not good indicators of if you are making enough milk. Not feeling letdowns is common in many moms, even in moms with great milk supply and breasts often don’t feel full once they’ve balanced how much milk is being created with how much milk is being removed.

Instead you should be concerned that you are not making enough milk if your baby is not gaining weight as fast as he or she should be. A doctor can tell you if your baby’s growth is not following the growth chart in the way that it should. If your baby is continuing to grow and gain weight inline with their growth chart, the chances are that you are making enough milk.

How To Know For Certain If You Are Making Enough Milk

There is a simple two step method to determine for certain if you are making enough milk. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Accurately measure your daily milk production
  2. Compare your daily milk production to what your baby drinks each day

There are two reliable milk production tests that you can take. Either test will provide you with an accurate measure of your daily milk production. They are the feed weight test and the pump test. In the feed weight test you’ll breastfeed your baby as normal, but you’ll weigh baby immediately before and immediately after you breastfeed. You’ll do this for 24 hours then do a little fancy math with these numbers to get your daily milk production.

In the pump test you’ll pump on the hour 4 times over the course of 3 hours, then you’ll do some fancy math on those numbers to get your daily milk production. Each of these tests are described in detail in our breast milk production article.

Once you know exactly how much milk you are producing each day, compare that to how much milk a thriving baby typically drinks in 24 hours. If your baby is less than one month old, typical milk consumption is 17 to 24 ounces per day. If your baby is 1 to six months old typical milk consumption is 25 to 30 ounces per day.

What To Do If You’re Not Making Enough Milk

If you’ve completed one of the milk production tests and you’ve found that your are not making enough milk or if your baby is not gaining enough weight to stay on their projected growth line, you’ll want to take action to increase your milk supply.

Start by investigating the 27 causes of low milk supply. Perhaps there is something that is causing you to not make enough milk and fixing that will help your milk production.

Next, follow the suggestions in the 11 ways to increase milk supply article.

When you take the time to investigate and take action on your milk supply you’ll never again have to worry that you’re not making enough milk. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Can I Produce More Breast Milk?

If you have been struggling for a while with low milk supply you may be asking yourself if you can produce more breast milk. That’s what this article aims to answer.

Can I Produce More Breast Milk?

It really depends on what the cause of your low milk supply is. About 70% percent of time women can produce more breast milk with the right combination of:

  • Finding and fixing the cause (if possible)
  • By frequently and completely removing breast milk
  • Taking an herbal supplement that boosts breast milk production

However the other 30% of time women can not produce more breast milk. Some irreversible causes of low milk supply include:

  • Insufficient glandular, milk-producing tissue – malnourishment or hormone issues through puberty can prevent milk-producing tissue to form.
  • Breast surgery – either breast reduction or breast enhancement can sever milk ducts preventing milk from leaving the breast.
  • Insufficient milk removal and breast stimulation during the first few weeks postpartum – during this critical time important hormone receptors are created and these have the effect of creating a ceiling for breast milk production. If baby had a bad latch or was hospitalized or other event prevented frequent milk removal or breast stimulation in the early weeks your milk supply may have a hormonal ceiling that will not allow you to produce more breast milk.

The chances are that the answer to the question, “Can I produce more breast milk?” is probably, YES! Here’s how:

What Is The Cause?

The first step in producing more breast milk is to determine, if possible, the cause of your low milk supply. We’ve created many articles on the causes of low milk supply and you can start your investigation with our overview article, The 27 Causes of Low Milk Supply (And what to do about them).

Hopefully you will be able to determine what your cause of low milk supply is and fix it. And just doing that may help you produce more breast milk, however if it doesn’t or if you can’t pin point the cause for low milk supply the next step is to be sure you are frequently and completely removing breast milk.

Milk production is based on the “rules” of supply and demand, because the body wants to match the amount of milk it is producing to the amount of milk that is being regularly removed. So the idea here is that you increase the demand on your milk supply by completely and frequently removing milk and you body will compensate by producing more breast milk.

Frequently Remove Milk

You should be removing milk, either by breastfeeding or pumping, every 2 to 3 hours during the waking hours from the start of one session to the start of another and every 4 hours during the sleeping hours.

Completely Remove Milk

If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want to breastfeed on both sides each session, then pump both sides for an additional 10 minutes, or until milk stops flowing, whichever is longer. If you’re pumping you’ll want to continue to pump for 7 additional minutes after milk has stopped flowing. This additional pump time tells your body that it’s not producing enough milk.

Get Breast Milk Production “Protein”

Herbal treatments for milk production can be surprisingly effective: One study that followed lactating women who took Lactiful Supply Max found that 75% of the women saw an increase in milk production while taking the supplement.

Because there are so many causes for low milk production and because every mom’s situation is unique there’s no definitive answer we can give to the question of, “Can I produce more breast milk?” but we hope this article has given you the information you need to answer it for you. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply