When I started the journey into breastfeeding, I struggled. I am a measurer. I need to see things, I needed to know for SURE how much my baby was drinking so I could record it. I’m a little intense like that. So, when I was breastfeeding, I was going crazy! Is she getting enough? Is my milk even coming in? How will I ever know that I’m feeding her the right amount? It consumed me! So, as I have written before, I became an exclusive pumper. Well, in the beginning, I wasn’t producing as much as she was eating, so I had to figure something out. I tried everything I could to increase my supply. Here’s a list of what worked for me:
- Steel cut oats– Real oatmeal works best, but you could try any kind! I had luck with just instant oatmeal, but the steel cut oats worked better!
- Mother’s Milk Tea– You can get this at Target (I got mine there!) It’s not the best tasting stuff in the world, but it really helps!
- Peanut Butter– This one was shocking for me, but it DID help! I put peanut butter in my oatmeal and killed two birds with one stone!
- Fenugreek– This can be found in the vitamin section of any drug store. I will be honest here, you have to take quite a few per day, and they are big pills! They also can leave you smelling like maple syrup. But they work. They work SO good!
- Power Pump– Even if you’re strictly breastfeeding, power pumping can work for you! I would pump after each feeding to increase supply. Breastfeeding is supply and demand. The more you show your body that it needs it, the more it will make! Some will suggest “power pumping” which are sessions of pumping close together to increase supply. I would not suggest pumping any longer than 20 minutes at a time due to increased chance for tissue damage. If pumping is not for you, try nursing more often to help increase supply and satisfy your baby.
- Water– Drink a TON of water! I mean it. Drink it from morning to night, and you will see an increase in supply. Trust me!
- Nursing Vacation– If you are strictly breastfeeding, you can take a “Nursing Vacation” this is when you take the baby to bed with you for 2-3 days and nurse as frequently as possible. I did try this, and frequent nursing DID help, but I found myself wanting to get up and do chores, and cut my vacation short.
- Rest– I know rest seems few and far between in the beginning with a newborn. But, if you can get any, rest is important for your body to make more milk!
- Lactation cookies & Snacks– Look up a recipe for lactation cookies. They contain lots of ingredients that help boost supply! Also, snack often with foods rich in protein and calcium.
These are just some of the things I did to help boost my supply, and they did work! I would love to hear what worked for you, too! Leave a comment below!