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7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply

By Danielle |

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In the past with my older boys, I have had supply issues when it comes to breastfeeding. In fact with my oldest supply issues ended my breastfeeding relationship earlier than I would have liked!

My middle son was just a nightmare to nurse and that is just a different story altogether.

With Addison thankfully we only had a couple minor bumps in the road. But I wanted to write something up about boosting your supply if it is something you need to do.

From breast pumps to all natural herbal supplements, and of course nursing more frequently, here is my list of the top 7 ways, and tricks that helped me boost my personal breast milk supply!

Please feel free to share your own tips and tricks in the comment section!

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7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply

1. Nurse Frequently!

If you are nursing frequently, nurse some more! The more your body feels a "demand" to make milk, the more milk you will typically make!
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10 thoughts on “7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Breast Milk Supply

  1. Koreen says:

    Thank you Danielle. I recently returned to work, had the flu and didn’t have anywhere to pump. I don’t need to tell you my supply began to suffer. I’m working on boosting it again.

  2. Amanda H. says:

    You can also make your own milk-boosting cookies. There are lots of recipes floating around online.

  3. Krista says:

    Anytime I see an article like this I fully support it, but I think its fair to also mention that sometimes, no matter what you do (lactation consults, fenugreek, prescription meds, pumping, etc.) your supply does not cooperate and you should not have guilt if you have to supplement.

    I think that was the worst thing with me, that everything I did, I was still never able to feed my baby without formula and that was far worse than the beginning pains and struggles of breastfeeding.

    Didn’t mean to hi-jack your article (because these are definately all good tips) but wanted to toss it out there in case someone reads who is still struggling after doing all of the suggested!

  4. Danielle625 says:

    @Krista – You are right, sometimes there is nothing we can do. I went through that with my middle son that no matter what dietary changes I made, and tricks I tried just simply couldn’t tolerate breast milk. It happens.
    I don’t want people to read my post and feel bad, I just want to help those who may need the help.
    No one should feel bad for the choices they have to make for the well being of their baby!

  5. Kristyn says:

    I read somewhere that some people find it helpful to add oatmeal to their diets. I’ve never really struggled with my supply, but when I’ve needed a little boost, I’ve had success by switching my morning egg and toast for some steel cut oats.

  6. Heather says:

    You can also find recipes to make your own cookies. My neighbor’s lactation consultant gave her a recipe that worked really well. She was having trouble with her preemie latching properly and wasn’t making enough milk by just pumping (she had to pump, then feed him from a bottle because that is what he got used to during the two weeks he spent in the hospital before he came home.) She has to supplement with formula because she still doesn’t make enough, but thanks to the cookies she is now able to have her baby on a 50/50 mix instead of almost all formula. I am lucky to have a baby who’s a good nurser, and haven’t struggled with low supply. I have in fact had the opposite situation, and am donating the extra to a local milk bank. For those struggling to produce enough milk, and those who (for whatever reason) simply aren’t producing milk despite trying everything out there milk banks are an invaluable resource. I encourage anyone who can do so to donate as much as they can.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Milk banks charge-some charge $4 an ounce! I always donated using Human Milk for Human Babies- each state has a page on facebook. There you can find women looking to donate, and women who need to feed heir babies.

  8. Autumn says:

    I drink milk with ovaltine because the malt supposed to help boost supply. I think it’s made a difference, although I still struggle with my supply and have had to supplement all along. I’m just glad that in be made it this far and my 7 month old is still getting some breast milk every day!

  9. Heather says:

    The milk bank here doesn’t charge. I checked into it. I’ve actually recently begun donating to my neighbor. Her baby is now on 90% breast milk thanks to me and a couple of other moms I know. I agree that donating directly is best, but if you don’t know anyone to donate to, you can also check with your local hospital. Often, they take milk donations to be given to preemies (for free).

  10. Jen says:

    Those are really great suggestions!

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