PUMP AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN
– Always try nursing baby first on both the left and right breast. If you feel your baby is still hungry, but you don’t have milk left, then give formula if topping up. Pump after nursing every time. You want to pump after nursing to continue stimulating the breast milk supply. You don’t want to do it in between feeds as you will need to store up more milk for the baby’s next feed. Try and pump 8 times a day if possible (I know this can be so hard and time-consuming but as many times as possible).
Nurse on demand
– always offer the breast first before formula if topping up with formula; the more frequently the baby nurses, the more milk is being stimulated
– you must drink at least 3L per day when nursing; this is so super important!! You can’t produce milk if you are not drinking enough
Increase caloric intake
– by 500 calories; daily caloric intake should be about 2500 calories
Blessed thistle and fenugreek
– these 2 herbs are very commonly used to increase milk supply. You can start taking these as soon as you give birth
– on the breasts and massage the breast prior to nursing; this will speed up the let down of the milk
Eat foods that can help increase milk
– production: oatmeal (have for breakfast every morning), flaxseeds, almonds, papaya, ginger, turmeric, beets, fennel, cashews, macadamia nuts, chickpeas, asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes/yams, traditional brewer’s yeast.
– spearmint, peppermint and sage as these can decrease milk production