Has your milk supply seemingly tanked overnight?
Are you panicking to figure out how to increase milk supply and replenish it to where it was before?
I’ve gone through this worrisome breastfeeding situation myself multiple times. In fact, I just went through it last week!
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 low milk supply dilemma by giving you my go to tips on how to increase milk supply super fast!
My Top Tips on How to Increase Milk Supply
1. Reduce stress and don’t panic!
I know the panic 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.
I know how you feel and how much it means to us mamas to give our little ones the best nutrition we can, and if we can’t we will brutally beat ourselves up over it.
I’d hate to see you do that to yourself, because there’s no need to!
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2. 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.
3. It’s ok to supplement with formula
There’s nothing wrong with supplementing 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.
However, offering your baby some solids 30 minutes or so after a bottle will 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.
4. 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 supply 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.
If you’re not quite sure what parts to change, let me show you – follow me!
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!
Also take a look at the fit of your breast shields, make sure they are the correct size still. I just recently had to go down a size myself.
How often should each pump part be changed?
- Valves and membranes – 4-6 weeks
- Tubing – 6 months
- Breast shields and connectors – 4-6 months
- Backflow protectors – 6 months
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5. Change up 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:
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Ok, so in addition to the two power pumping sessions, I also want you to add a middle of the night pump.
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.
The reason I suggest pumping at night is because prolactin levels are usually higher at that time.
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?!
6. 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.
The better you can empty your breasts, the more in demand your milk supply will be, which equates to more milk!
7. 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!
A lot of pumping mamas swear by body armor drinks too to help increase their milk supply fast!
- 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!
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