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How to Increase Milk Supply

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Dear mama, if you are struggling to maintain your milk supply, I just want to say, I know how you feel! It’s truly one of the worst feelings and the struggle is real.

My twins were four months when all of a sudden, my milk was gone!

One night, I went to nurse them and there was nothing, nada, absolutely empty! I was shocked and on the verge of crying, okay, I was actually bawling my eyes out!

Nonetheless, thankfully, I had a frozen stash of my milk in the freezer but with twins, I knew that’s not going to last us very long.

I knew something had to be done…..

Honestly, I really didn’t want to turn to formula at least not yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against formula except that its crazy expensive when you have two mouths to feed.

So, just like you, I turned to search engines and was reading one post after another on how to increase my milk supply.

Thankfully, all this research has paid off, my twins are one-year-olds and I am still able to nurse them. Of course, now it’s more of a supplement for them but the fact that I still have milk for both of them is truly amazing!

 

Here is what I did to Increase My Supply:

 

1. Drink More

Staying hydrated is one of the main key elements for milk production. If you think you are already drinking enough water, drink some more!

Truth is, if you’re dehydrated, you’re not going to be making an abundance of milk.

Also, drinking while nursing helps to “refill” as you empty out but this is a little difficult to do if you’re tandem feeding twins.

Every morning, I would drink a full glass of water before I did anything else and also I would get four (16.9 FL OZ) of water bottles ready for the day and drink them throughout the day. I would notice that whenever I drank a lot, I always produced more milk.

 

2. Eat Foods that Boost Milk Supply

Just like water is the main “ingredient” in milk production, so is proper nutrition. There are certain foods that help boost milk supply.

Here is a list of some of the foods that are considered to help increase milk supply:

-Oats

-Brewer’s Yeast

-Flaxseed

-Fennel Seeds

-Nuts

-Garlic

-Spinach

You can make lactation cookies with brewers yeast or a smoothie. I personally, didn’t notice any difference after eating lactation cookies but I know so many who have sworn by them!

Also, something to keep in mind, all of our bodies are different and therefore, we all respond differently to the foods we eat. I would suggest to keep trying the foods and see which ones help boost your milk supply.

For example, whenever I ate oatmeal, my milk supply increased and therefore I usually had some for breakfast.

3. Power Pumping

If you have never heard of power pumping, listen up! This was 100% beneficial for increasing my milk supply.




Power pumping is a pumping strategy that works by repeatedly emptying your breast very frequently, mimicking cluster feedings that a baby does during growth spurt period.

Power pumping does not replace ALL your pumping or nursing session, rather it is done to replace at least one of your pumping session.

Here is how it’s done:

  • Set aside one hour to do your power pumping session.
  • Use an electric double pump and follow the schedule:
  • Pump for 20 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes

Do at least one power pumping session every day until you see an increase in your milk supply.

To get a better result, do more power pumping sessions in a day.

I personally, only did one in the evening and it really helped. The key is to be consistent with it and do it at the same time each day.



4. Let there be Milk


The name speaks for itself. Let There Be Milk is all-natural drops that increase breast milk production. It is made with fenugreek seed, red raspberry leaf, and many other natural ingredients.

I was honestly skeptical about this magical tincture but to my pleasant surprise, I saw the results within the first few days of taking it.

After two days of taking the drops, I was filling the bottles when pumping. Seriously, I cannot say enough about how much this product has made milk production easier for me in general.

Just a heads up, if you try this, the taste is STRONG! Like really, really, strong! So be prepared to wash it down with some water. Or you could just buy it in the capsule form and save yourselves from all the hassle of using a dropper.

Resources:

Here are the links to everything that I have used to increase my milk supply. I hope they will help you too!

 

Read 5 Tips on How to Succeed Breastfeeding Twins  to get more tips on breastfeeding matter.
 




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