Insufficient milk production is one of the key problems that new mums encounter when it comes to breastfeeding. It can make the most natural thing in the world feel unbelievably daunting. If you’ve encountered this, you may even wonder whether to give up on trying to breastfeed and to supplement with formula.
Remember that the more you breastfeed the more milk you will produce. So, even if you feel like you have hit a brick wall, keep going, as often as you can to increase milk supply. If you start relying on formula, your body will gradually produce less milk.
Increase milk supply: When your milk should come in
Don’t be alarmed at first if you’re not producing much milk at all. Generally, your breasts start by producing colostrums, and do not become engorged until two to five days after delivery. By this time, you will usually be at home with your baby.
If you aren’t producing much milk after a week, don’t hesitate to seek help right away. The hospital you’ve delivered at have lactation consultants available to help you trouble-shoot your breastfeeding problems and you shouldn’t suffer in silence. They may teach you massage techniques to encourage the milk to flow or loan you a pump to assist you.
Natural ways to increase milk supply
Follow our quick tips to increase milk supply on the next page…