Want to get your body flowing with milk, honey? Below are some proven tips for boosting breast milk.
Breastfeeding is a supply and demand business.
How much you supply depends on how much your baby needs. So, the more your baby breastfeeds, the more your body will supply. Some women suggest ditching a feeding schedule and simply feeding your child any time they appear hungry. Even if you are unsure, it is best to try and nurse and have your child reject it, rather than having a hungry baby. When in doubt, whip the boobs out!
Ditch the formula.
Again, your body supplies as much milk as your baby needs. If you begin to supplement with formula then your body will begin producing less breast milk. The more you feed your baby, the more you will produce. Besides, you want your baby to have all of the benefits of breastfeeding!
If you are concerned about your baby's weight gain or feel that you aren't producing enough, talk to your healthcare provider. They will be able to give advice or offer treatments.
Sleep produces milk.
Okay, maybe not exactly, but doctors recommend taking a "nursing vacation". When mamas don't get enough rest, their milk supply suffers. Spend a few days at home relaxing with your little one and doing as little as possible. This should help keep milk supply up, and mom rested!
Find a support group.
It's hard as a new mom to feel like you're doing the "right" thing. You don't have to struggle in silence. Reach out to online support groups, call a lactation hotline, contact La Leche League, read a book with breastfeeding tips.
Most of all, understand that this is a learning adventure for both you and your baby. You both will get the hang of it with enough time and practice.