Want to increase breast milk supply? Here’s what to do

No matter if it’s your first or fifth child, you sometimes wonder if you are producing enough breast milk to feed your baby. Perhaps you cannot clearly measure your baby’s milk intake and that might be why you think you are not producing enough. In fact, only a very small percentage of women cannot produce enough breast milk to feed their babies.

Some foods such as fenugreek, oatmeal and Chinese herbs can increase breast milk. In this article, we will explore some non-food ways to increase breast milk. Some mummies might have unrealistic expectations about how much milk they need to produce, simply because they don’t know what amount is considered “normal”.

Before we take a look at non-food ways to increase breast milk, it is important to determine whether you actually have a problem with producing enough milk.

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How to tell if you are not producing enough milk

  • It is completely normal for your baby to want to feed often. Nursing babies tend to feed more than babies on formula milk, purely because breast milk is digested much faster. However, if your baby seems constantly hungry directly after feeding, or feeds more than 12 times a day, you might not be producing enough milk during a single feed.
  • Another tell-tale sign is a baby who remains underweight, or does not gain weight properly during the first few weeks.
  • You might also notice that your baby is not spending a great deal of time at your breast. 15 to 20 minutes is the standard time for feeding, so do monitor the time closely.

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Non-food ways to increase breast milk

Find out how to encourage milk supply in other ways on the next page…