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Wondering how to increase your breast milk in one day? Breastfeeding mothers have a lot on their plate already, but struggling to produce more milk shouldn’t be one of them, so let these milk-boosting tips can help.
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. However, please remember that if you need to rely on alternative forms of feeding, like using baby formula, you’re still a rockstar mama!
Understand Your Milk Supply
As a breastfeeding mother, you don’t just want to “make more milk”, you want to make sure you’re making enough milk so that your baby is getting enough of their daily nutritional needs met.
These needs equate to about 8 to 12 feedings in a 24 hour period for newborns (averaging 1 to 2 ounces per feeding). As your baby grows, their stomach get’s bigger and they’re able to drink more milk. Around 2 months old, your baby’s feedings will increase to 4 to 5 ounces every 3 to 4 hours. This nutritional need will continue to grow.
Regardless of if you’re exclusively pumping, nursing baby, or doing a combination of pumping and nursing — all milk production is a supply and demand process.
What is cluster feeding?
Cluster feeding is when your baby begins nursing or eating in close back-to-back feeding sessions. Oftentimes cluster feeding goes hand in hand with fussiness and evening fussiness. Baby will latch on, drink a little, latch off, begin to fuss and repeat the cycle over and over.
The good news is that for many mothers this can help bring in more breast milk. Nursing mothers should avoid offering a bottle during cluster feeds if possible to prevent their milk supply from lowering or not increasing.
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 Increase Breast Milk Production by Pumping
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!
Galactagogues is a food or supplement that is thought to help increase a low milk supply. These days, there are lots of brands popping up left and right claiming to have the best formulation for lactation support. Unfortunately, research is still lacking in this area, but there is a ton of anecdotal support from breastfeeding moms using them.
Here is a list of some of the more common and reliable galactagogues that could work for you”
- Brewer’s Yeast
- Lactation Cookies
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Legendairy Milk Supplements (already formulated for you)
Other Ways To Boost Your Milk Supply
- Make sure you’re using the correct flange size. If you’re not using the correct flange 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 — you may find it has a positive impact.
- 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. This is the same hormone that peaks during skin-to-skin contact with baby too.
- 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.
- Consume a healthy diet. It can be incredibly easy to rely on snack foods and processed foods when you’re tied to the pump or sofa nursing your baby. However, a well balanced diet will be crucial to maintaining healthy breastmilk production throughout your breastfeeding journey. Need some help coming up with meals? This lactaction-friendly meals & recipe guide is one of my favorites.
How to increase milk supply OVERNIGHT (when prolactin is high):
Something else to consider is to focus on your nighttime 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. 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 help you produce extra milk.
Why do some moms experience a sudden drop in milk supply?
There’s a variety of reasons some moms may experience sudden low milk production. I’m going to share 5 of the most common reasons for a low milk supply.
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.
Lastly, she suggested that if I was going to take my birth control, to be sure I was taking a “mini-pill” which is known to be the most lactation friendly and safe type of birth control for lactating mothers.
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!
Now that you know how to increase milk supply in one day, which tips will you be implementing right away? And if you’re an experienced lactating mother, which of these methods works best for you?
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