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5 Ways I’ve Increased My Milk Supply in One Week

By Lauren Jimeson |

With Avery’s weight issue being so concerning for both her pediatrician and gastroenterologist, I have come to realize that I really need to do all that I can to make sure that Avery is getting the right amount of nutrients in order to help her gain weight. Her GI doctor suggested that it was my lack of supply and Avery’s constant distractions that are prohibiting her from gaining weight. He suggested that I either pump exclusively or start her on formula to make sure that she is getting an adequate supply.

While I don’t want to go against her doctor’s wishes, I do want to do whatever I can to make breastfeeding work for both of us. One of the things that I needed to work on was getting my supply back up. I could tell that it had diminished, but I didn’t realize that it had lessened as much as it had. As soon as I came to this realization, I took all of the action that I could to help increase my supply. I am happy to say that within just one week of naturally trying to increase my supply, I’ve noticed a definite change for the better.

There are several other ways that you can naturally help increase your milk supply, but this is the action that I’ve taken in the past week since finding out that Avery’s weight issue might be because of my lack of supply. These might not work for everyone and I don’t know which specific item might be doing more than the other, but this is the mix of things I am using that has so far increased my milk supply quite drastically.

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Naturally Increase Your Milk Supply

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I used to drink coffee throughout the day and realized that I was never getting enough water in my diet. I've cut down my coffee intake to only one cup a day and have replaced all other drinks with water. It's hard to get used to, but I feel so much better and I know that the intake is helping keep my supply up.

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Lauren Jimeson is the author of A Mommy in the City, which chronicles living the city life with a suburban mentality. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “5 Ways I’ve Increased My Milk Supply in One Week

  1. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    I agree, all of these things help, but the most important thing nursing moms need to do is to CONTINUE TO PUMP/NURSE consistantly, especially those first 3 months to build up your supply. While I don’t drink beer, I’ve done everything else and it does make a difference. I’m now 10 months in and almost at the end of my pumping journey and while I’ve had to suppliment w/formula (2-4oz daily) it’s been well worth the effort. Even though I’m ready to stop right now, I’ll continue til my daughter turns 1yrs old b/c honestly, I really didn’t expect to last this long to begin with. For those who are just or will be starting to nurse/pump soon, give yourself small goals. Mine started with nursing til I got home from the hospital, then I gave myself a day, then a week, a month, then 3 months, then 6 month goals, so I never felt that pressure to nurse/pump longer than I was comfortable with. Best of luck to each of you and know that if it doesn’t work out for you, that’s okay too!

  2. Marissa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips! I’ve never heard of fenugreek or the mother’s milk tea before, I am definitely going to pick some up asap. Fingers crossed!

  3. Nicky S says:

    I know this post is from a year ago… but how often did you pump throughout the day? My little guy is 6 1/2 weeks old and I’ve noticed that my supply is down. I didn’t have this problem with my first son, I was engorged for 3 months when I was nursing him. I have had to start adding a teaspoon of cereal to a bottle to make sure he is getting enough to eat. I don’t want to give him formula so I’m going to start taking action to get my supply back up. He has literally eaten 6 times in an hour every hour today.

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