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Has your milk supply seemingly tanked overnight and you are now in a full-blown panic trying to figure out how to replenish it to where it was before?
There are many reasons why your milk supply has decreased. Sometimes its stress, hormones or even a poor performing breast pump.
Let me try and help you solve this milk supply dilemma by giving you my go to tips on how to increase milk supply super fast!
As you scroll down through these top milk increasing tips, there will also be little nuggets of suggested resources and freebies to further help get your milk supply rescued quickly!
1. Reduce Stress and Don’t Panic
Panic is a real emotion when you notice you’re pumping half as much breast milk at each session as you usually do.
Which then leads to the late nights of googling “how to increase milk supply” with no sleep in sight worrying yourself sick.
However, as you know, adding stress on top of what’s already causing your low milk supply is only making it worse. It may sound impossible to turn off this suffocating stress switch most new moms acquire as soon as their baby is born, but please try.
Simply know that your baby will not go hungry, you have other options. Such as, supplementing with formula or donor milk.
2. Invest in Some Help from the Pros
Knowing personally how defeated not being able to provide enough breast milk for our little ones can make a new mom feel, “The Milk Supply Rescue” was conceived.
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Once you download your digital copy, check your inbox over the next couple of days for more helpful milk supply tips.
All you need is a little extra help and instruction and you can confidently master your milk supply and successfully breastfeed without as much stress and worry!
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3. Get Plenty of Rest
A simple cause of reduced breast milk production could be because of exhaustion, what new mom isn’t tired though, right?
Even so, your body needs to regain balance and regulate those hormones to be a milk-making machine again.
When you can, get some shut-eye, take a relaxing bath or just sit down instead of doing the dishes. Let your loving husband get those, (feel free to show him this sentence).
4. Supplement with Formula
There may be a time during your milk supply down-turn that you will need to supplement your baby’s diet with formula or more solids (depending on your child’s age and pediatricians go ahead).
I know you’ve heard the saying, food before one is just for fun.
Even so, offering your baby some age-appropriate solids (discuss with your pediatrician) 30 minutes or so after a bottle may help keep their tummy full longer and that may mean 2-4 less ounces of breast milk a day.
If you’re a little hesitant or not quite sure what formulas would be the best for a breastfed baby, here is a very thorough formula guide to take a look at.
5. Change Your Pump Parts
Have you changed your pump parts lately?
This is always the first thing I do when I notice my breast milk production is low.
If you’re pretty much an exclusive pumper like me, this has to be a part of your monthly/bi-monthly routine. See below If you’re not quite sure which parts to change.
How Often Should Pump Parst be Changed?
- Valves and membranes – 4-6 weeks
- Tubing – 6 months
- Breast shields and connectors – 4-6 months
- Backflow protectors – 6 months
Valves, membranes and tubing are so important to change regularly.
If they are compromised, the suction from your pump can drastically decrease.
The good thing though, is that this is a cheap and easy fix! You can hop on Amazon and find what you need and have them the next day!
6. Make Sure Your Flanges Fit Properly
Also take a look at the fit of your breast shields, make sure they are the correct size still. As an example, I just recently had to go down a size myself.
In addition to ensuring your pump part are up to par, a good breast pump is also a key ingredient to a healthy and abundant milk supply.
7. Best Breast Pumps for Milk Supply
The breast pump you use can have a very significant effect on your milk supply. Some breast pumps will do a better job at pulling milk out.
Therefore, emptying your breasts of milk more effectively and causing a positive supply and demand market.
With that being said, my recommended breast pump for a low milk supply is the compact, powerful and portable BabyBuddha pump.
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And as a second recommended option, The Genie Plus is a little bit less expensive than the BabyBuddha and it is more gentle. Which may make it a better option for moms who have very sensitive breast tissue.
You can also get their one-of-a-kind liquid flange inserts that enhance the comfort and improve milk flow.
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8. Change Your Pumping Schedule
The pump really is your breast friend when it comes to putting the pedal to the metal and speeding up out of this low milk supply black hole.
Using the pump to produce more milk really is the best tip I can give, but let me go a little more in depth on how to do so.
Let’s look at a pumping schedule that will signal to your body to make more milk!
Have you heard of power pumping?
Basically, it is when you take an hour to pump twice a day and break up that hour long session into smaller increments and rest in between.
Here’s what it would look like:
Best Time of Day to Pump to Increase Milk Supply
Ok, so in addition to the one or two power pumping sessions per day, I also want you to make one of those during the middle of the night or VERY early in the morning.
I know, this just keeps getting better!
Hopefully, implementing these new routines won’t be permanent. You should start to see an increase in milk supply in about a week, that’s usually what I notice.
It also helps that you’ve been relaxed and probably asleep for a while. I suggest picking a time between 3 and 5am.
What we won’t do for that boobie milk, right mamas?!
9. Move the Flange Around while Pumping
Changing the position of the flange while pumping and after you notice a stop in flow will help pull breast milk out of different milk ducts.
I like to reposition and put a little tension on different sides of my breast.
Make sure you are also massaging at every session, It’s imperative to get out every drop of milk. Lavie has amazing lactation tools that make this task effortless!
The better you can empty your breasts, the more in demand your milk supply will be, which equates to more milk!
Another way to help remove more breast milk with more ease is by using Sunflower Lecithin. It’s a natural supplement that helps keep the milk ducts greased for a smoother and less inhibited flow.
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10. Add in Some Ades
This tip may seem pretty obvious to most pumping moms, but I was a naive newbie not too long ago so I like to cover everything.
Seriously though, get to the store and buy Gatorade, Powerade any type of sports drink will work!
Here’s a little secret, many pumping mamas swear that body armor drinks help increase their milk supply.
Being dehydrated can be the number one reason your milk supply is impeded.
Stay hydrated by adding variations to your liquid intake each day by getting creative with trying different drinks for breastfeeding.
- Reduce stress, stay positive and on task.
- Stay well rested and get as much sleep as possible to allow milk-making hormones to regulate properly.
- Supplement with formula until your milk supply replenishes.
- Change your pump parts.
- Add in some power pumping until you see an increase in supply.
- Move the flange around while pumping.
- Drink some sports drinks.
I’m rooting for you mama, you can do this!