Moms want to discover how to increase their breastmilk supply for many reasons. Some want to increase breastmilk supply because they are returning to work or school and want to start with the highest breastmilk supply possible. Others want to increase breastmilk supply so that they have extra breastmilk to store for times when they will be away from baby. (See our article on breastmilk storage for more information.) Other moms want to know how to increase breastmilk supply because baby isn’t getting enough breastmilk and needs a supplement.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn how to increase your breastmilk supply, this article is for you.
Step 1: Do You Have Low Breastmilk Supply?
If you have always had a good breastmilk supply and simply want to boost it for a specific reason (storage, return to work, donation, etc.) you can skip this Step 1, your breastmilk supply is fine. However if you have struggled to produce enough breastmilk for your baby then the first step is to try to determine if something is causing you to have low breastmilk supply and if so, try to fix it. There are many causes of low breastmilk supply and we examine 27 of them in detail. Check out this overview article on the causes of low breastmilk supply and see if any of these can be causing you difficulties. If so, there are links to detailed articles about each topic providing specific advice on how to overcome low breastmilk supply.
Step 2 : Make Sure Milk Removal Is Complete
Each time you breastfeed or pump, you need to make sure that milk removal is complete; meaning that no milk remains in either breast. The reason this is so important is that milk left in the breast releases a hormone that tells the body to decrease breastmilk supply. To completely remove breastmilk, be sure to breastfeed or pump on both sides, and if breastfeeding, then pump for 5 more minutes or until no more milk comes out, whichever is longer. If pumping, be sure to continue to pump for 5 additional minutes after no more milk comes out.
Step 3 : Increase The Frequency Of Breastmilk Removal
One of the key points to increase your breastmilk supply is to let your body know that you want it to produce more breastmilk. You do this by breastfeeding, or more likely, pumping more often. For instance if you’ve been breastfeeding or pumping 6 times per day, you should increase that to 8 or 9 times per day. Initially, you won’t express much milk during the newly added breastfeeding or pumping sessions, however your body will want to adapt and will increase your breastmilk supply so that you are generating milk for these extra sessions. The process of increasing your breastmilk supply may take up to two weeks, but you can get faster results by supplementing.
Step 4: Take A Natural Supplement To Increase Your Breastmilk Supply
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to increase breastmilk supply and recently the most effective of these herbs have been combined into an herbal supplement called Lactiful. An observational study has shown that Lactiful increased breastmilk supply in 75% of the women who tried it and that the average increase in breastmilk supply was 14.8 additional ounces of breastmilk per mom per day. Learn more about lactiful in 30 seconds, by clicking here.