I along with many moms I know have struggled with breast milk production from time to time. Below I am sharing several ways I have had success in boosting my breast milk supply. I found they were effective and important enough to share with y’all!
Water, water, water.. And then more water. While Lennox was in the NICU I talked to his nurse one sleepless night and explained my supply issues with our second son. Told him my fears and how I hope to not experience that again. He made a good point, your milk is a bodily fluid. Its output along with sweat and urine have to be replenished in order to keep making the sufficient amount. So take twenty sips of water after I use the restroom and nurse or pump. Quite obvious once I thought about it but was thankful for his enlightening explanation.
Because of my issue with supply with our second son and didn’t have any stocked up, we resorted to formula. But it really was the best decision for him and our family. I will go further into our breast feeding journey on Friday’s post titled Feed the Babies. Anyway, back to pumping.. While Lennox was in the NICU and we had very little information about his condition or how long he would be there. That is when I made a decision to take advantage of my time while staying in the hospital. So I pumped after each nursing session. It wasn’t until he came home and I wanted to level out my supply that I stop doing this consistently but I ended up setting ourselves up nicely with a stock that I now use often when I’m working on getting my supply back up because of various reasons.
Just take into account that I am a mom of three boys under three so my body just snapped back into production mode after Lennox’s birth. Which isn’t always the case others. I was told it takes over a year for your body to fully recover after you have stopped lactating.
Nurse on Demand.
I found this best effective especially within the first few days to months of babies life. Not worrying about a schedule or if he just ate less than an hour ago. I would allow him to eat any time he started to get upset.
Reducing stress and rest is crucial. This tip is rather comical, since we all know that it seems impossible to get enough sleep with a newborn, especially if like me, have other children at home. I definitely see a noticeable difference in my milk production when I start to get overwhelmed and stretch myself too thin. Reach out for help from your loved ones so you can give your body the rest it needs, this one is hard for me. Take one thing at a time.
Fennel Essential Oil.
Using quality Fennel Essential oil and a carrier oil (I like coconut oil) on breasts. On the sides, bottom, top, but avoid nipple area it isn’t safe for baby to ingest. You can reapply after every nursing or pumping session. You can also put a drop or two of the Fennel Oil into a tea and drink it.
Mothers Milk Tea.
I especially enjoy a pot of this tea at night. It’s a wonderful way to wind down, hydrate, and prepare my body for tomorrow’s milk production.
Oatmeal, I enjoy a bowl a few times a week in the morning. Greens except I was always told that broccoli could add to any gas or reflux issues for you babe. Nuts, high in proteins and essential fatty acids. The best nuts for improving milk production are almonds, whether by the handful raw or through almond milk.
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Whether you are currently struggling, pregnant or have a mama friend in mind it’s great to keep these options in mind. Please share, save and pin. It’s all about sharing what we know :)!
I take our journey day by day, but I am sure thankful I now know ways to help when I feel I can’t keep up. It’s not something to take for granted, ever.
YOU GOT THIS MAMA!
Also wanted to share this fabulous nipple cream, Boob Butter by Boob and Baby that I shared earlier this week. Use it ladies. Trust me it’s best to use after each session to prevent dry and cracked nipples. It also can be use before and after each nursing or pumping session if you are tender. You can find it HERE for 15% off with the code MOMSROCK.