New moms often worry about making enough breast milk. First off, don’t stress that does the opposite of boosting your milk supply. To increase milk supply you’ll want to start with having a scheduled feeding and/or pumping plan. The 6 tips below only produce results if you are consistently transferring milk via feeding or pumping.

1. Breastfeeding and/or Pumping Consistently

This is the number one most effective, evidence based practice that’s proven to increase milk supply. The increase of stimulation from breastfeeding and/or pumping increases prolactin which is one of the hormones responsible for milk production.

Breastfeeding and or pumping needs to be consistent or in addition – but consistency is the key. To pump at random times will not show any increase after your hard work!

2. Take Additional Supplements in Pill Form

Botanicals such as fenugreek seed, milk or blessed thistle, and turmeric are all great places to start. Some of these ingredients are found in lactation cookies. However, I must inform you that by the time the cookies are digested and absorbed there are little to no traces of milk boosting properties left. The delicious cookies most certainly do not hurt at all and will help with your caloric intake which IS important while breastfeeding. So, if you enjoy them by all means keep doing so and eat the cookies for enjoyment but not for a milk supply boost!

3. A Lactogenic Friendly Diet

Salmon, avocado, oats, dark leafy greens, and legumes are all have great nutrients to increase milk supply. Try this lactogenic friendly diet.

4. Hydration & Rest are Important to Increase Milk Supply

Hydrate with fluids that have electrolytes. 

5. Correct Latch & Appropriate Pumping Flange Size

If your baby is not latching correctly he will not be as efficient at transferring milk. This can cause a dip in supply as the breasts are not fully emptying, along with your baby not receiving as much nutrition as he possibly can. Correct positioning supports better feeds which in turn supports a healthy milk supply. Additionally, if your pumping flange is not sized correctly you will not be transferring milk correctly which will affect your supply. Consult with a lactation consultant to assist with sizing and feeding.

6. Fully Empty Your Breasts

After each feed and pumping session it is important to fully empty your breast so that your body can make milk to refill your breasts again. Think of it like your body taking orders. When you fully empty your breasts your body then makes the same amount of milk for the next feeding /pumping session at that time. Any changes to feeding, pumping or milk transfer will affect your supply. 

If you’re struggling with milk supply or are interested in increasing your supply please reach out and book an appointment with one of Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny’s certified lactation consultants. A lactation specialist can assess all of the above and provide you with a customized plan to achieve your goal in a safe way.

About The Author

Olivia Wojcik, RN has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from SNHU, summa cum laude. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant through ALLP and Reiki level II practitioner. Olivia is trained as a Sleep Coach and Newborn Care Expert with BBN&N. In addition she is the mother to a beautiful two year old girl.