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Looking for ways to increase your breast milk in just one day? Find out which hacks can help boost your milk supply FAST!
Whether you’re experiencing a dip in your milk supply or you’ve always had a low supply, you’re probably wondering — how in the world can I boost my milk supply fast?
First things first, please don’t stress!
Although your milk supply might be low, there are ways you can bring it up quickly!
How to increase breast milk in ONE day
In order to tell your body to make more milk, because it’s not as easy as just saying “hey body, make more milk please”, we have to signal it to do so.
That means the ONE best way to increase your milk supply is to increase the DEMAND!
What I mean is that you need to remove more milk more frequently throughout the day.
How to remove more breast milk in one day?
Removing breast milk is a pretty easy task at hand, however, it can be very time-consuming.
Here are my 3 favorite ways to increase the demand for breast milk to help boost your milk supply:
- Pump or nurse baby 2-3 extra times/day.
- Pump or nurse baby LONGER during your normal feeds.
- Add a few power pumping sessions into your feeding routine.
I struggled with a very low supply with my first baby. The ONLY reliable method that helped me bring up my supply was by adding in extra pumping sessions throughout the day.
If my son nursed on one side, I’d pump for 10-15 minutes after our nursing session.
In the mornings I’d pump right after he nurses and at bedtime I’d pump right after I laid him down to sleep.
It was a lot of work doing this every so often and became very time consuming, but it did help bring up my milk supply quickly!
Other Ways To Boost Your Milk Supply FAST By Pumping:
- Make sure you’re using the correct flange size. has a handy little flange size guide online to help with this. If you’re not using the correct size, you’d be surprised how much more milk you pump when you’re finally fitted with a size that amounts to more efficient output.
- Keep your pump parts fresh & updated. Yup, breast pumps need to be maintenanced from time to time. This means replacing things like your tubing, duckbills, and more!
- Try not to focus on how much you’re pumping. I know it’s easy to get consumed with “how much” is in the bottle, but the added stress does not help. Instead, try covering the bottles with a baby sock so you can pump without obsessing over the volume.
- Look at photos of your sweet baby while pumping. When you nurse your baby, the hormone oxytocin plays a big role to help you have a letdown. While pumping, try to reestablish this emotional connection by looking at cute photos or watching videos of your baby.
- Add in some hand expression. If you’re a pumping mom or a nursing mom, adding in some manual hand expression at the end of the feed or pump is a great way to make sure you’re as close to “empty” as possible.
How to increase milk supply OVERNIGHT (when prolactin is high):
Something else to consider is to focus on your night time pumps/feeds.
Studies show that breastfeeding mother’s prolactin levels are significantly higher at night (between midnight and 5-6 am) than they are during the day.
This is important because prolactin aids in the secretion of milk from the alveoli.
Basically, you can add in extra pumps during the day, but adding in more pumps or nursing sessions at night while your prolactin levels are higher can have a quicker onset to boosting your milk supply.
Why do some moms experience a sudden drop in milk supply?
There’s a variety of reasons some moms may experience their milk supply suddenly drop.
I’m going to share 5 of the more common reasons below so you can have a better understanding of what your body could be going through!
1) Milk Supply Drops During Period
I’ll never forget the week before I had my first postpartum period, my milk supply literally tanked.
I went from averaging 3-4oz per pump session to maybe 1 if I was lucky.
I contacted my lactation consultant right away who asked me if I had gotten my period back yet.
She told me it sounded like I was probably going to get my period soon and advised I try supplementing with a magnesium & calcium supplement.
She explained how the hormonal changes in the early days of ovulation through the first 1-3 days of getting your period can sometimes affect a woman’s milk supply.
The other tip she suggested was to make sure I was consuming enough iron during this time. Not that a supplement was necessary, but to ensure I was consuming lots of iron-rich foods such as dark leafy greens, meats, legumes, and more.
2) Missed Breastfeeding Sessions
Skipping breastfeeding sessions or allowing too much time between sessions can signal your body that it doesn’t need to make more milk.
Remember, breastfeeding is a supply and demand process.
The more full your breasts, the more your milk production slows down.
For instance, if you plan to be away from your baby for an extended amount of time, make sure to bring your pump with you or even a handheld one like this will do.
That way, you can pump or empty your breasts in place of your normal feeding session.
3) Consuming a Poor Diet
Maintaining a healthy breastfeeding supply can be greatly affected by a poor diet.
In fact, there are lactation boosting foods out there that are known to promote a healthy milk supply.
Of course, enjoying some delicious foods here and there shouldn’t affect your supply too much. Making it a habit, however, could have some negative effects.
Need some ideas on what kinds of foods to eat while breastfeeding? Check out these delicious breastfeeding foods & recipes to help support a healthy milk supply!
4) Stress & Not Enough Sleep
Between not getting enough sleep, feeling totally overwhelmed during postpartum, and adjusting to a brand new routine — limiting stress can be nearly impossible.
To make sure these don’t come creeping up to hurt your milk supply, do your best to ask for help when needed & prioritize your sleep as much as possible.
Though it’s not always easy to “sleep when the baby is sleeping” or “ask for help” from friends and family, you can start to take small steps to get there soon!
5) Medical or Health Issues
Lastly, medical or health concerns such as:
- Thyroid Issues
- Breast Surgery
- and more.
can possibly have a negative impact on your milk supply.
If this is the case for you, please be sure to notify your doctor or lactation consultant so they can help you work towards being able to make more milk!
Knowing how to increase breast milk in one day can be kind of tricky, but it’s possible!
How to increase breast milk in ONE day — which methods worked for you?
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