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.
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.
I used to pump each night before bedtime a couple hours after Avery went to bed. In time I got lazy and tired and stopped pumping, not realizing the major impact it was having on my supply. I now pump every night before I go to bed, and in the morning. I am amazed at how much my supply has increased. It also helps me keep a supply in the freezer. I’ve started giving Avery a 6oz bottle before bedtime to insure she is getting a great feeding before bed, which is usually when she doesn’t want to nurse because she is too distracted.
I bought fenugreek when I first had Avery, but never thought that I needed it because I thought my supply was okay. Once I realized that it wasn’t, I immediately began to take the capsules. I take two pills three times a day. They make me smell a little bit like maple syrup, but I have noticed a definite change since taking them.
4. Mother’s Milk Tea
I am not a huge fan of tea, but this Mother’s Milk tea can help increase your supply due to the ingredients. I’ve been drinking one cup in the morning and one at night.
Some people say that the barley in dark beer can help increase your milk supply. I’ll have one beer every couple of days, not only to help my supply but also to relax me once the girls go down for the night!