There comes a point in most nursing mothers lives that we wonder if our baby is getting enough. It is scary not knowing, wondering, worrying if your supply will go up. Other times a mother may wish to boost her supply is during growth spurts or for pumping when returning to work. The good news is there is many things you can do to help boost your milk supply.
How to boost your milk supply with simple changes.
Drink more water. It can seem crazy the amount of water you willingly chug while nursing. The thirst sometimes can be overwhelming. Cleaning 8 t0 10 glasses a day is easy. But, when you are trying to boost your milk supply you want to be sure you are taking in plenty of water. A random drop in milk supply can often be from drinking less water than normal.
Check your diet. A well-balanced diet is key to a strong healthy milk supply. Nursing is not the time to shy away from healthy fats and carbs. Diet additions like coconut oil and oatmeal are great for boosting your milk supply and eliminating things like caffeine and high amounts of sugar can dehydrate and make your supply tank.
Continue to take your prenatal vitamin. A strong healthy body with plenty of nutrition makes for better milk and a stronger milk supply. After baby is born keep taking your vitamins to make up for deficiencies in your diet. Even the best diet has less of the vitamins and minerals we need because of soil depletion.
Sleep. I hate to say it. We are all busy and in today’s society, busy is well the way you are expected to be. Sadly without enough rest, you are looking at issues with your milk supply. Your body needs time to rest .and heal so sometimes milk supply can dip after a long stressful day but a glass of water and a nap can often boost things a bit
Pump. One way to boost your supply even if you do not need to store breastmilk is to pump on top of feedings. Pump on one side while baby eats on the other for less time-consuming pumping or you can pump after feedings to trigger your body to make more milk for the next feeding.
When routine changes are not enough
Natural supplements are a great option if none of the above is doing the trick for you. Even if you do not feel you have a supply issue and you just want to give your supply a little boost you may find something like Mother’s Milk Tea is the perfect way to relax and give your body a bit of a boost. If you are not the tea type many mothers have had amazing luck with Fenugreek pills from the local health food store. These also boost your metabolism and give you a small energy boost.