Boosting Milk Supply

As mother's, we are always trying to do right by our little ones. Keep in mind "right" to one mom might not be "right" to another, and as parents raising our OWN children... it is each's individual decision to do as they see fit. As a nutritionist, deep down I felt it was "right" to feed my baby breast milk. After all, formula is TRYING to simulate breastmilk as best it can, so if you've got the real deal, use it... it's free! BUT what if you don't have it? OR not enough of it?

What To Do If You Suspect Low Supply?

Pump/Nurse

I'm sure you've learned somewhere along the way, breast milk is all about supply and demand. If you're body isn't using it (aka you're baby not drinking it), you're body will stop making it. Biology is amazing isn't it? (I suppose if you were brought to this blog because of low supply, you're probably not thinking that right about now) 

A few things to try:

Spend a day pumping and bottle feeding your baby. Are you pumping enough? My doctor recommended this to me and suggested to feed my baby 2-3oz every 2 hours for a total of 24-30oz per day. I found that I was making just barely enough. By doing that and bottle feeding my little one for 3 days, she ended up FINALLY gaining the weight she needed on schedule. That told me that before she wasn't getting enough volume, yet I was making it, so... what's the problem? (I'll share that another time, or if you're dying to know, please reach out)

Pump after every feeding. The more you empty your breast, the more milk you'll produce. I quickly found that my girl was not very efficient at emptying my breast. She would eat for almost an hour, I'd pump afterward and still get milk out! (Another red flag??)

Nurse Frequently. The more time your baby spends at the breast, the more it will signal production. Spend a day nursing and cuddling that sweet babes of yours! The laundry, dishes, dogs and other household duties can wait. It's time for cuddles and Gilmore Girl reruns!

Pump for 20+ minutes. I know that sounds like a century, but if you get a handsfree pump bra, you can multiple task like no one's business! I drive and pump, unload the dishwasher, bring in the groceries, play with the baby, etc. Life goes on as {ALMOST} normal. I have THIS one and don't know what I'd do without it. 

Pumping or Nursing WILL increase you're supply. BUT it will not be as dramatic or fast as you might like, but it is essential to do it in order to produce more. 

If you need a pump, Medela has been my most used AND most necessary gift I've received. I'd suggest the WHOLE SHEbang! 

Brewers Yeast & Oatmeal

You'll find posts floating around on the internet swearing by this and other swearing that no food can increase milk supply. 

In my PERSONAL endeavor to increase my own supply, I was introduced to the idea of oatmeal and brewers yeast by a friend. Amy (check out her blog!) was so sweet to bring over lactation bars for me after a conversation of concern on the topic. I noticed an increase in my supply, but because I was doing a combination of things to help increase it, I wasn't sure if it was actually the bars. Soon enough, I ran out and my pumping output dropped significantly! I almost couldn't believe it. 

Being a recipe creator myself, I decided to make my own. I knew oatmeal and brewers yeast were a must, so the rest I left up to my taste buds!  


Recipe: 

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan melt coconut oil and peanut butter together. 
  2. In a dry bowl, evenly mix together oats, brewers yeast and chia seeds.
  3. Once coconut oil and peanut butter are melted, add dry mixture and stir. 
  4. Put in 9x13in pan and freeze for 30 minutes.
  5. Cut into 12 pieces and store in ziplock bags in freezer

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (I opted for honey roasted peanut butter from whole foods vs adding any sweetener to the recipe)
  • 1.5 Cups Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Brewers Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seed 
  • Dark Chocolate (optional)

I have two of these per day in place of any snacks I would have had otherwise. I'm not sure if it was these bars or the Mother's Milk tea... but I woke up and pumped 8 ounces this morning! That's a record for me! 

Mother's Milk

This was initially gifted to me by Mallory, a wonderful Nellis Auction employee. I happened to run out of this at the approximate time I polished off my last bar from Amy. So, again, it's hard for me to tell which one helped the most, so I'm continuing to do both! 

I have 2 cups of this per day.. an occasional 3rd if I really need some extra back up bottles. 

And again, between the lactation bars and the Mother's Milk and pumping/nursing... 8 ounces! Typically, I'd pump about 6oz in the morning, so pumping 8oz made me feel like I hit the mommy milk lottery! Not to mention, my pump output throughout the entire day has increased. 

I am in no way sponsored by Mother's Milk, but in clicking on the amazon link and purchasing, I will receive a small commission that helps support this blog. I've also used Nursing Tea, which I love just as much. 

 

In conclusion, everyone is different and what works for one might not necessarily work for another. They certainly worked for me and if you're struggling in this department (which I'm assuming you are if you've made it this far into the post... and if not... thanks for the support!) it doesn't hurt to try! Good luck and be sure to let me know how it works for you. If you have other suggestions, leave them in the comments!