Our bodies are amazing. It still blows my mind when I think about all of the incredible things our bodies do, especially during pregnancy. Producing milk to feed our babies has to be up there on the Mount Rushmore of amazing things our bodies are capable of. That being said, we CAN trick it into producing more milk if we need to. Here’s what worked for me:
PUMP. Depending on how much extra milk is needed, if you schedule your pumping you will trick your body into producing more milk. Pump about 30-60 minutes after feeding (when your body has had a chance to fill up again). It is important to do this no later than an hour before your next feeding so you have enough milk available for your baby to feed. Another way I like to pump is if I feed from only one breast, I will pump the opposite breast immediately after feeding. This is good if you want to keep your breasts producing evenly and not look lopsided all the time.
SUPPLEMENTS. Taking a lactation supplement could be really helpful! I personally used the Honest Company Lactation Plus capsules and it worked wonders for me!
DRINK. Drink a lot of fluids! I repeat…drink a lot of fluids! This is essential! Breastfeeding often, pumping often, you are depleting your body of fluids and nutrients. You really need to replace the fluids lost or your supply will dry up!
EAT. Consume enough calories, in particular, PROTEIN. Like I said, you are really depleting your body of nutrients and in order for your body to have enough energy to produce enough milk, you need to consume enough protein.
Please note that I am not a doctor or a lactation consultant! This is information I have gathered from research and from our pediatrician. This has worked for me, however, everyone is different so please take this information with a grain of salt! I do hope this provides a little inspiration and hope to those out there struggling to produce enough milk. It can be extremely difficult and emotional when your milk supply starts to diminish. Especially to all you working moms out there, I feel you! Stay strong!