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Breastfeeding Diet

Two Kinds of Breastfeeding Diets

There are many health benefits to breastfeedingThere are two kinds of breastfeeding diets: one is a diet in the sense of a “weight-loss” diet. The other is a diet in the sense of “what kinds of foods can help with breastfeeding – both milk quality and milk quantity.” We’ll talk about both kinds of diets in this article.

Rule #1 of a Breastfeeding Diet

It is possible to diet to lose weight and successfully breastfeed at the same time, however it can be very tricky because breast milk is produced by the food (calories) you eat. If you limit your calories too much your body won’t have the raw materials available to create milk and your milk supply could suffer or even shut down.

The guidance you’ll often hear from medical professionals is that pregnant women should consume about 300 additional calories beyond what they typically consume for growth of the fetus/baby. What surprises a lot of breastfeeding women looking to diet is that the same medical professionals recommend that breastfeeding moms consume 500 additional calories for the production of breast milk!

Too aggressive of exercise or breastfeeding dieting can negatively affect milk productionWhat that means is that if you’re looking for a breastfeeding diet that’ll help shed that extra pregnancy weight, look for a diet that is based on calorie intake and exercise (as opposed to a diet that restricts certain food groups, such as a low carb diet or paleo diet). Find your daily calorie target. For most women this is between 1200 and 1800 calories. Add to that target 500 calories for breastfeeding. While you’ll be eating 500 more calories per day than what your diet plan calls for, these breastfeeding calories magically get converted into breast milk to feed your baby, so they don’t really count. Hit your daily calorie target and exercise sensibly and the weight will drop off and you’ll be able to breastfeed successfully.

Very aggressive dieting or exercise can and usually will have a negative impact on your breast milk production. If you notice your milk supply is not as high as you want it to be, ease up on the exercise or add in a bit more calories. Finally don’t begin any breastfeeding diet until your milk supply and your breastfeeding relationship is well established.

A Breastfeeding Diet That Makes More Breast Milk

If you’re less concerned about a weight loss diet and instead are looking for a breastfeeding diet that helps breast milk production, this is the section for you.

breastfeeding diets must include certain ingredientsEating is so common, so everyday, that we often forget how important it is. What we eat and drink and when we eat or drink is the major determiner for how much we weigh, how healthy we are and how much energy we have. It contributes to what diseases we get or avoid and how long we’ll live. Given all that, it’s not much of a surprise that what we eat can increase or decrease our milk supply.

There are certain foods that seem to really help increase milk supply. They are: Oats (oatmeal), brewer’s yeast and fenugreek powder. The more of these three you can weave into your diet, the bigger the boost to your milk supply. Try searching online for recipes. Or better yet you can get 39 milk-boosting recipes in the book Milk Up!, which is included as a free gift with an order of Lactiful Supply Max (an herbal supplement that boosts breast milk production). Here’s a yummy recipe from the Milk Up! book:

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Lactation Cookies

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed meal, soaked in 8 tsp of water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 stick (1?2 cup) of butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
  • 1½  cups peanut butter
  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • ¾ cup plain M&M’s
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, use mixer to combine first nine ingredients – eggs through peanut butter.
  3. Add oatmeal, candy, and chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.
  4. If dough is too sticky add another 1/2 cup oatmeal.
  5. Scoop large tablespoon-sized balls and place on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. If using two racks, switch top to bottom and bottom to top about halfway through. 

What If Your Breastfeeding Diet Needs A Breast Milk Production Boost?

Often the fastest results can be achieved with a herbal breast milk booster. One observational study found that Lactiful Supply Max increased the breast milk production in 75% of the women who tried it regardless of the breastfeeding diet they were following, or not. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max and how it works here.

Low Milk Supply

What Is Low Milk Supply?

Low milk supply is the common term for hypolactation, and it means that the mother is not able to produce enough breast milk to exclusively feed her baby and must supplement with formula or breast milk from another mother.

Do You Have Low Milk Supply?

Low milk supply will show up on the baby scale.

Low milk supply will show up on the baby scale.

In the card game poker, a “tell” is something a player does unconsciously whenever he or she gets  good cards or a bad cards. And while tells can reveal the secrets in the game of poker, there are many false tells in the area of low milk supply. For example, if a baby cries regularly after breastfeeding some mothers interpret that as baby is still hungry and not getting enough breast milk. And while that is a possibility. It’s also possible that baby is simply tired and wants to be put to bed or that baby’s tummy is uncomfortable and she needs to burp.

There’s really only two ways to tell if you have low milk supply. The first is if your baby is not gaining weight as expected. This usually means he’s not getting enough calories and that you have low milk supply. The other way to tell if you have low milk supply is to test your milk supply by conducting a feed weight test or a pump test. The feed weight test takes 24 hours and requires an accurate baby scale, while the pump test takes 4 hours and requires a good dual electric breast pump. Click the links to see how to do either test.

If You Have Low Milk Supply What Should You Do?

MotherhoodIf you have determined that you do have low milk supply, the first step is to make sure your baby is getting the proper amount of nutrition and calories by supplementing with formula or breast milk from another mother (friend, family member, or milk bank).

Once baby is getting the nutrition she needs, try to determine if there is a specific cause of your low milk supply. There are many causes of low milk supply and you could be affected by one or more. Start with our list of 27 causes of low milk supply. This article goes into each low milk supply cause and offers solutions for correcting the issue that may be holding your milk supply back from it’s full potential.

Low Milk Supply Treatments

After you have determined that you do have low milk supply and you’ve tried to investigate and correct anything that may be causing the low milk supply, the final set is to get treatment. Treatment options for low milk supply is a bad news / good news situation. The bad news is that there is no treatment option that works 100% of the time for every mom. A cure doesn’t exist. A magic pill doesn’t exist. Even prescription drugs don’t work for every mom and can have serious side effects such as deep depression.

The good news is that there is a treatment options for low milk supply that will either:

1. Work – your milk supply will increase significantly

OR

2. Not cost you a penny – a full, 100%, prompt refund is given to any customer who feels the product didn’t work.

Lactiful Supply Max has been shown to reverse low milk supply

Lactiful Supply Max has been shown to reverse low milk supply

What low milk supply treatment option either works or is free? It’s Lactiful Supply Max. What is it? It’s an all-natural, herb-based treatment. And it works! A 2012 observational study found that 75% of the women who took Lactiful Supply Max to increase breast milk production saw an increase. And for those who saw an increase the average increase in breast milk production was 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk produced per day per mom. You can learn all about Lactiful Supply Max and its treatment of low milk supply in just 30 seconds by clicking or tapping hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers benefits to the mother, the baby and even to society. Here’s a list of our favorite benefits of breastfeeding. Enjoy!

Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding

formula costs and is harmful to the environment

Formula can cost over $1500 per year and its manufacture, distribution and packaging are far worse for the environment than breastfeeding.

  • Breast milk is free, whereas formula costs $1500-$2000 or more per year
  • Breastfed babies use less diapers
  • Breastfed babies get few cavities, saving mom and dad money and time
  • Breastfed babies need less orthodontics, saving money and time
  • Less equipment to buy, keep clean, manage and store
  • Breastfed babies don’t tax your time with daily washing and sterilizing of bottles and nipples, measuring and mixing formal 4 to 8 times a day, running to the store to buy more formula, and warming bottles in the middle of the night.
  • Breastfed babies are healthier and don’t go to the doctor as often as formula-fed babies do
  • The US government spends half a billion dollars each year giving formula to mothers through it’s WIC program

Benefits of Breastfeeding: Better Health

  • There are many health benefits to breastfeeding

    Breast milk makes me smarter and healthier, both now and later in life!

    Breastfed babies get sick less

  • Breastfed babies have higher IQs
  • Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk in the mother
  • Breastfeeding reduces ovarian cancer risk in the mother
  • Breastfeeding reduces the chance of postpartum hemorrhage
  • Breastfed baby girls have lower cases of breast cancer later in life
  • Breast milk contains antibody and immunities that keep the baby healthier
  • Breastfed babies are better protected against Crohn’s disease
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing diabetes
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing ear infections
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of developing allergies
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of contracting Hodgkins disease
  • Breastfed babies have lower risk of becoming obese later in life
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday
  • Breastfed babies have better jaw and dental development
  • Healthier babies ease the strain on the overburdened medical system, keep insurance premiums from rising, and keep mom and/or dad from having to take time off work to go to the doctor

Other Awesome Benefits of Breastfeeding

Dear Mom, Breast milk tastes way better than that other stuff and since I'm going to be drinking it exclusively for about six months, would it be ok with you, if I got the good stuff?

Dear Mom, Breast milk tastes way better than that other stuff and since I’m going to be drinking it exclusively for about six months, would it be ok with you, if I got the yummy stuff?

  • Breastfeeding requires around 500 calories per day – it’s a great way to lose pregnancy baby fat
  • Breastfeeding is good for the environment! Far less paper, packaging, containers, plastic and so on is used compared to formula feeding
  • Breast milk does not have to be prepared, measured, mixed, or warmed up
  • Breast milk is never recalled, isn’t mixed with potentially contaminated water and never contains bacteria and other foreign contaminates
  • Breastfed babies dirty far fewer bottles
  • Breastfeeding is great for travel – easier to transport, less pieces to keep track of, wash, and manage. And it’s always at the perfect temperature, ready the moment when baby is.
  • Parents and caretakers of breastfed babies enjoy diaper changes that are more mild and easier to clean
  • Give ‘em what they want: Breast milk tastes better!

While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, in fact far more than we listed here, these are our favorites and should be carefully considered by any family that’s trying to decide between breastfeeding and formula.

How To Produce More Breast Milk

How To Produce More Breast Milk: Step 1 – Fix Issues That Can Cause Lower Breast Milk Production

how to produce more breast milkThe first step in producing more breast milk is to first investigate if there’s some reason why you have lower breast milk production. There are many factors that can lead to lower breast milk production. Some common causes are prior breast surgery, excessive blood loss during and after delivery, poor latch, a baby with tongue tie, not breastfeeding or pumping enough, aggressive dieting, dehydration, illness, and so on.

We’ve created a detailed list of the 27 most common reasons for lower breast milk production and give specific treatment options for each. The link goes to an overview article which briefly describes each of the reasons for lower breast milk production and then links to complete articles about each cause.

Once you’ve found the likely cause of lower breast milk production and have followed the treatment suggestions (or if none of the causes stood out to you as probable) you’re ready to move onto step 2 of how to produce more breast milk.

How To Produce More Breast Milk – Step 2 – Removal Of Breast Milk Must Be Frequent And Complete

Your body can adapt to make stronger muscles or produce more breast milkTo produce more breast milk, removal of breast milk must be frequent and complete. At first glance this seems like a really odd principle, however the key reason this technique works so well is that the body wants to adapt to the external stresses that are put on it. If you typically wear shoes everywhere and then start going barefoot outside, your feet will be sore for a while, but will build up calluses and you’ll soon be able to walk across rocky ground without discomfort. Or if lift heavy weights your muscles will get stronger. Or if you begin jumping a lot you’ll start jumping higher and higher.

These are all examples of a person’s body adapting to the stresses that are put on it. And the same principle applies when you want to produce more breast milk. To produce more breast milk, you have to put a “stress” on your milk production and you’ll do this by removing breast milk frequently and completely.

To remove it frequently, you’ll need to breastfeed or pump every 3 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. Those times are measured from the start of one breastfeeding session to the start of the next breastfeeding session.

To remove breast milk completely, you’ll need breastfeed baby on both sides during each breastfeeding session and  you’ll need to pump after breastfeeding for at least 7 minutes on both sides or until no more breast milk is flowing into the pump bottles, whichever is longer.

How To Produce More Breast Milk – Step 3 – Natural Herbal Supplements Can Help You Produce More Breast Milk

Step three in producing more breast milk is begin a breast milk enhancing herb supplement, such as Lactiful’s Supply Max. A 2012 observational study showed that 3 out of 4 moms who took Supply Max were able to produce much more breast milk. How much more? According to the study results, each mom who saw an increase was able to produce 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk per day (on average).

You can see many of the advantages of Lactiful Supply Max in about 30 seconds on this overview pageClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Low Supply Of Breastmilk

Causes Of Low Supply Of Breastmilk

Low supply of breastmilk will often show up on the baby scale.

Low supply of breastmilk will often show up on the baby scale.

There are many, many causes of low breastmilk supply which is the main reason it is so difficult to treat. Women who are struggling with low breastmilk supply see reviews or hear success stories from friends and other moms about a certain treatment, but when they try that same treatment it doesn’t increase their breastmilk supply at all. Why does this happen?

It’s because the moms had different underlying causes of low breastmilk supply and what worked for one mom, didn’t help the other. So the first step in treating a low supply of breastmilk is to try to determine why your breastmilk supply is low. What is the cause?

In the past, we’ve written in this blog about the 27 causes of low breastmilk supply and the information in that article and the articles that it links to is still the best way to investigate and pinpoint exactly what is causing your low supply of breastmilk and what to do about it.

Illness is cause of low brestmilk supply

Illness is cause of low brestmilk supply.

Causes range from baby-specific issues such as poor latch or being tongue-tied to mom-specific issues such as insufficient calories or water intake to thyroid disorder. So the first step is to do the research and if you can pinpoint the specific cause, follow the advice for correcting it. So go to the article on the 27 causes of low breastmilk supply first but then come back here for the next section, because once you fix the cause, you still will need to treat your low breastmilk supply.

Think of it this way: You have a bucket filled with water. This represents your breastmilk supply. But there’s a hole in your bucket and the water is leaking out. This is the cause of your low breastmilk supply. When you find and fix the cause, you’ve patched the bucket and it’s no longer leaking, however the amount of water in your bucket is still low – your breastmilk supply is still low and it will remain low until you put more water back in the bucket (treat your low breast milk supply).

Treatments For Low Supply Of Breastmilk

By now you should have tried to “patch your bucket” – meaning find your specific cause of low breastmilk supply and are now ready to “refill your bucket.” Please note that if you were not able to find a specific cause of your low breastmilk supply, you should still go ahead with the treatment described here.

pump after breastfeeding to treat low breastmilk supplyStep one is to let your body know that you want it to increase breastmilk supply. You do this by increasing the amount of breastmilk that removed and by increasing how often breastmilk is removed. Your body is “pre-programmed” to increase production when baby goes through regular growth spurts so we’ll use that built-in ability to increase production even through baby probably isn’t going through a growth spurt. Here’s how:

  1. Pump both breasts after each breastfeeding session for at least 7 minutes or until no more milk is coming out, whichever is longer.
  2. Pump or breastfeed about every 3 hours. If baby is sleeping, pump instead of breastfeeding.

Now that you’ve increased the amount of milk that’s being removed, your body is set to increase breastmilk production. The final step in conquering low breastmilk supply is to give your body a breastmilk booster, such as Lactiful Supply Max. This all-natural blend of 8 herbs was shown in a 2012 observational study to boost breastmilk supply in 75% of the women who tried it. How much of a boost? Of the women who saw an increase, the boosted their breastmilk production by 14.8 ounces of additional breastmilk per mom, per day!

In closing, if you are suffering from a low supply of breastmilk, begin by searching out the cause and if you find it, fixing it to the best of your ability. Next increase breastmilk removal and give your body a breastmilk production booster with a supplement like Lactiful Supply Max. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max in 30 seconds by going hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Enhance Breast Milk Supply

Take A Breast Milk Supply Enhancing Product

herbs can enhance breast milk supplyPerhaps the easiest way to enhance breast milk supply is to start with a product that does just that! Ancient Egyptians discovered that certain herbs could enhance a mother’s breast milk supply and that knowledge has been passed down through the centuries and has now been modernized and enhanced with additional all-natural herbs and bio-availability enhancing ingredients to make a powerful herbal blend in a convenient tablet form, that can dramatically boost breast milk supply in the majority of women.

Tiny Tablets Cause A Big Increase In Breast Milk Supply

These small tablets enhance breast milk supplyWhile the tiny tablets are about the size of M&Ms candy, they pack over 9,000 mg of breast milk supply enhancing herbal goodness in each daily dose! Small, yet very powerful. But what does that mean for enhancing breast milk supply?

A 2012 observational study of Lactiful Supply Max tablets found that breastfeeding and pumping moms who took the full dose saw an increase in breast milk supply of 7.1 ounces on day 3 of beginning the product. 8.9 additional ounces of breast milk production by day 7. And 14.8 additional ounces of breast milk production by day 14. What a way to enhance breast milk supply! You can see the full study results here.

Not A Miracle For All

Unfortunately there are many reasons moms want to enhance breast milk supply and there are many reasons that breast milk supply may be lower for some individuals. From breast surgeries, to hormone and thyroid disorders, to poor baby latches and malfunctioning breast pumps, the reasons are many and varied.

As a result no solution in a bottle is a miracle for all women looking to enhance their breast milk supply. The same study that reported the increases listed above also reported on the success rate of Lactiful Supply Max. The study found that the product increase breast milk production for 75% of the women who tried it. So while it is not a miracle solution for all, it does enhance breast milk supply in the majority of women who try it. The high success rate allows the company to offer a 100% money back guarantee in the event the product does not enhance breast milk supply.

Get to know Lactiful Supply Max in just 30 seconds by going here.

To Enhance Breast Milk Supply For Banking Up A Freezer Stash, Add One Or More Bonus Pumping Sessions

breast milk storage pump bottlesIf you wish to build up a freezer stash of frozen breast milk you can enhance your breast milk supply by adding one or more bonus pumping sessions. You’ll want to keep this bonus pumping session or sessions at the same time each day. Start the session at the time that is between normal breastfeeding or pumping sessions. A good time is usually after baby goes to bed, but before you go to bed.

At first, your body may not produce much additional breast milk at this new time, however as long as you stay consistent, your body will enhance your supply at this new time and you should be able to pump 2 to 6 ounces which can be bagged, saved and frozen.

To Enhance Breast Milk Supply For Breastfeeding Sessions, Pump After Breastfeeding

If you wish to enhance your breast milk supply so that more milk is available to your baby during breastfeeding sessions, the best way to do this is to pump after each breastfeeding session. To do this, be sure baby is breastfeeding on both sides for every breastfeeding session. After baby has completely finished, pump both sides for 5 to 10 minutes or until no more milk is being produced, whichever is longer.

It’s perfectly fine to pump, even though no milk is being produced, and really baby should have removed the vast majority of the milk, so don’t let the lack of milk deter you. What the pumping does is that it fools your body into thinking that baby is going through a growth spurt and that it should enhance your breast milk supply to compensate. It won’t happen overnight, but within a few days to a week, your body will respond to the increased demand, especially if you are also taking a breast milk supply enhancing product like Lactiful Supply Max. Click for more articles about how to enhance breast milk supply

When To Start On Baby Food?

6 Months Is The Current Guideline

The current guideline on when to start your baby on baby food is around six months of age. (Before that, baby should be exclusively on breast milk or formula.) However this is a guideline and each baby is unique, so here are the things to watch for to see when is the best time to start your baby on baby food.

Signs That Baby Is Ready For Baby Food

Your baby will indicate to you when he or she is ready to start trying other foods than breast milk or formula. Here are some signs babies give when they’re ready:

  • baby-starting-on-foodHave at least one tooth – a baby who has at least one tooth tends to be more ready for food than toothless babies.
  • Wants to be included in meal time – if you set baby some place other than the table for mealtime and baby acts fussy until you bring her to the table, it’s a good sign she may be ready to try food.
  • Baby is interested in food – if your baby intently watches other people eating it’s a good sign to start on baby food.
  • Baby mimics eating food while at the dinner table – if baby is opening his mouth and pretending to chew while watching other people eat, it’s a good sign to start on baby food.

Some babies may be ready for food as early as 4 months, while others may not have interest until well after 6 or 7 months, but it’s important for the parents to watch for the signs that baby is ready and when the signs are seen consistently, start on baby food. Parents who ignore the signs may unintentionally put baby off food and have a more difficult transition.

What Baby Foods Are Good To Start With?

A simple way to start with baby food is to mash up a small section of banana and start with small spoonfuls of that. Applesauce is another good early first food. You can also get small jars of ready to go baby food and these are marked with some indication of how complex the food is. Start with a stage 1 food.

Many babies have a tongue reflex that automatically wants to kick out any object or food that gets in their mouth, so you’ll often see this when you start with baby food. Don’t take it as an indication that baby does not like the taste or does not want to eat, it’s simply a built-in response and baby needs time to learn how to control his tongue and mouth to move the food back and swallow. To help baby learn, take the baby spoon with baby food on it and after putting it in baby’s mouth, scrape the food off on baby’s upper lip. This gives baby the best chance to get the food back in her mouth.

Baby Starting On Baby Foods Affect Breast Milk Production

Once baby gets the hang of eating baby foods and begins to get more and more of her calories from solid food, you may notice your breast milk production decreasing.This is a normal step in the weaning process but many moms continue to breastfeed for months after baby starts on baby food. If your milk supply drops dramatically, try Lactiful Supply Max to boost it back up. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How To Store Breast Milk

Welcome to our “How to store breast milk” guide! The first question to ask is how long do you need to store breast milk? Longer than 8 days or 8 days or less?

How To Store Breast Milk For 8 Days Or Less

Storing breast milk for short term use (8 days or less) is as simple as putting it in the refrigerator. Well, almost. Here’s the details:

  • breast milk storage pump bottlesAfter you finish pumping, place the breast milk in the refrigerator. There’s no need to let the breast milk cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge, however if the milk sits out for short time (no more than a couple hours) the freshness shouldn’t be affected.
  • Bag the milk. Or not. There are several manufacturers of breast milk storage bags. A quick web or amazon search will show you the options. However if you have extra pumping bottles or you will not need the pumping bottles before the breast milk is used, it’s perfectly fine to just store your pump bottles in the fridge. This also saves on washing.
  • Label the stored breast milk with the date. Most breast milk storage bags have a place where you can write the date or make notes. If you’re leaving your milk in the pump bottles, write down the date on masking tape and put that on the bottle.
  • Set a expiration reminder. If you’re not certain that you will be able to use the breast milk before it expires, set a reminder in your calendar for a week from now saying that the milk should be used or frozen today.

How To Store Breast Milk For Longer Than 8 Days

Banking up a freezer stash of breast milk is common for many moms who will be returning to work or school but still want to provide all the benefits of breast milk to their baby. Here’s how to store breast milk properly and keep organized:

  • Pump MembraneStore an amount of breast milk that makes sense. Usually this is three to five ounces, but try to anticipate what quantity will be most helpful to your baby sitter. If that amount is 4 ounces, there’s no point in storing a one ounce bag of breast milk. Instead if you pump less than your target amount, put the pump bottles, flanges and tubes in the fridge. The next time you go to pump, simply use your equipment from the fridge and add to the breast milk you previously produced.
  • Once you have pumped your target amount – even if that’s over two or more pumping sessions – pour the breast milk into a breast milk storage bag and note today’s date on the bag and place it in the freezer.
  • If you have pumped more milk that your target storage amount, you can either:
    1. Store a larger bag (5 oz instead of 4 oz). or
    2. You can make a 4 ounce bag and freeze that and put the remaining ounce in a new bag that you can keep in the fridge and add to later.
  • To keep organized, put the breast milk storage bags for a given month all in a gallon sized ziplock freezer bag. This way you’ll have a “March” bag, an “April” bag and so on. It’s much easier to find the milk you want when it’s organized this way.
  • You can store breast milk in a refrigerator freezer for about 4 months and a deep freezer will get you a full 12 months of storage. See the breast milk storage guidelines below or click the image to print your own copy.

how to store breast milk - methods and times

Printable copy of the Breast Milk Storage Guidelines 

How To Boost Breast Milk

boost breast milk for a return to workPerhaps you want to boost breast milk production so that you can build up a freezer stash so that you milk available when you return to work or school. Or maybe you feel that your milk production is a tad low and could use a boost. Or maybe baby is going through a growth spurt (or is due to start one) and you want to boost breast milk so baby will be satisfied.

Whatever the reason, here is how to boost breast milk in just four simple steps:

Boost Breast Pumping Sessions

boost breast milk by pumpingA simple way to boost breast milk is to add one or more breast pumping sessions to your day or night. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want to space these extra pumping sessions around when your baby typically breastfeeds. An easy way to do this is at bedtime and morning time. If baby typically is put down for bed at 9pm and you don’t go to bed until 11pm, pump right before you go to bed. Likewise in the morning, if you get up an hour or more before baby, go ahead and pump as soon as your feet hit the floor.

You might not have a lot of milk during these bonus breast pumping sessions at the start, but stick with it and be consistent your body will naturally boost your breast milk production at those times.

Boost Calories & Water (Especially If Dieting)

It takes a lot of calories to make breast milk. Why? Because a growing baby needs a lot of calories to   continue to develop and grow at the remarkable rate that occurs during the first year. In general it takes 500 extra calories to produce breast milk every day. To boost breast milk, you’ll need to be getting at least these 500 extra calories as well as few more above what your body typically needs.

This is particularly important for moms who are dieting. Aggressive dieting often causes a decrease in breast milk so plan on getting at least 500 extra calories each day.

Breast milk also requires water so pay close attention to hydration and try to drink around 64 ounces of water every day.

Boost Breast Milk By Pumping After Breastfeeding

When you pump immediately after breastfeeding, you’re fooling your body into thinking that baby is still breastfeeding and that baby hasn’t yet been satisfied. Your body will respond by boosting breast milk production. Initially when you pump after breastfeeding you may not get much additional breast milk, however after one to two weeks, you’ll start seeing the effects of boosted milk production.

Get An Herbal Boost

how to boost breast milkCertain all-natural herbs can boost breast milk production and increase the let-down reflex. For instance, an observational study of breastfeeding moms taking Lactiful Supply Max showed that 75% of them saw a boost in breast milk production. Of those moms that saw a production the average boost to breast milk was 14.8 ounces per mom per day. That’s quite a boost!

If you’re looking for how to boost breast milk production try the suggestions here and try Lactiful Supply Max. It even comes with a guaranteeClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

When To Pump When Breastfeeding

The Three Most Common Reasons To Pump When Breastfeeding

when to pump when breastfeedingWhen breastfeeding is the primary source of your baby’s nutrition – meaning you’re not primarily giving formula bottles and you’re not exclusively pumping – there are still several really great reasons to own a good quality pump and use it frequently. The three most common reasons to pump when breastfeeding are:

  1. To increase breast milk production
  2. To build up a freezer stash of breast milk to be used when your return to work or school
  3. To pump when you’re away from baby for extended times, such as after you’ve returned to work or school

When to pump when breastfeeding depends on the circumstances, so let’s look at each of these. Read on!

When To Pump When Trying To Increase Milk Production

when to pump when trying to increase breast milk productionIf you are primarily trying to use your pump to increase breast milk production, it’s best to pump right after you finish breastfeeding. First, be sure you are breastfeeding baby on both sides during each breastfeeding session. After baby has finished, pump both sides for 5 additional minutes after no more milk is flowing. For example, you begin pumping after baby has finished on both sides and little to no milk is flowing from the left – it’s completely drained but a bit of milk is flowing out of the right and does so for four minutes then seems to stop. Now start your timer and continue pumping both sides for the bonus 5 minutes.

Why it works: the additional pumping time after all milk has stopped flowing communicates to the body that it is not producing enough milk and that production needs to be increased. The body will still need certain conditions to be met for an actual increase to occur: things like sufficient hydration, sufficient calories (it takes about 500 calories to create enough breast milk to feed a baby each day, above the mother’s calorie needs), sufficient rest, and so on.

If pumping after breastfeeding does not seem to be increasing milk supply on it’s own, consider trying an herbal supplement such as Lactiful Supply Max. An observational study in 2012 showed that 75% of moms who tried Lactiful Supply Max increased their breast milk production and that the average increase was 14.8 additional ounces of breast milk per mom, per day. See more about Lactiful here.

When To Pump When Trying To Build Up A Freezer Stash

When you know that you’ll be away from baby for a significant amount of time in the future, typically when you return to work, many moms build up a freezer stash of milk so that baby can continue to get breast milk even when away from mom.

While you can certainly pump after each breastfeeding session, such as when moms are trying to increase their milk supply, the output tends to be a bit low because baby has already drained the lion’s share. Instead, the best time to pump either in the night well after baby has gone to sleep or in the morning well before baby usually wakes up. You want to avoid pumping too close to a typical breastfeeding time, but planning your bonus pumping session to be a far apart from a breastfeeding session as possible.

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Initially you may not get much milk pumped during this session, but stick with a consistent time each day and your body will adjust to the additional milk withdrawal and you will begin producing a good quantity of milk at this time.

See our printable milk storage guidelines for everything you need to know about storing breast milk.

When To Pump When Away From Baby

help-milk-supplyWhen you’re away from baby, typically when at work or school, you’ll need to pump regularly in order to keep up your breast milk production so that you can continue to breastfeed when with baby. The ideal times to pump when away from baby are at the times when baby would normally breastfeed. If you don’t know baby’s schedule or if baby doesn’t stick to a schedule, pumping every 3 hours is a good rule of thumb. Try not to go more than 4 hours between any milk withdrawal (either breastfeeding or pumping) which can cause your milk production to drop.

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