How to naturally increase milk supply is the number one issue on many breastfeeding mothers’ minds. The breastfeeding mother can have many worries. One worry that tops the list is low milk supply.
No matter if you are nursing your first child, third child or beyond. Not producing enough milk is worrisome. Is my baby getting enough calories? Does my baby need formula supplementation? Before jumping into formula full-speed ahead here are a few tips on how to naturally increase milk supply. Now you can quickly boost your milk supply and finally worry no more.
with water being upwards of 70% of our body makeup, it’s no wonder water is important. For the breastfeeding mother, it’s super important. Being well hydrated at all times is a must for any mother who needs a good milk supply. It is advised the nursing mothers drink an extra 32 ounces of water a day. Given that 64 ounces is the recommendation normally, that means drinking 96 ounces a day (give or take depending on your body weight). Staying hydrated can easily be the number one problem with a low milk supply. Step one on your quest on how to naturally increase milk supply remember W-A-T-E-R! I know remembering to drink enough water can be difficult as a busy mom, but staying hydrated helps your body to be able to produce more milk.
After water the next most important thing for the breastfeeding mother is nutrition. We can not give if we are empty. I know, am always talking about real foods, and eating what is natural. Well, it is true, but in many cases, it is hard to get all our nutritional requirements from food alone. Much of this is due to farming changes over time (depleted soil conditions and more). The mother who is nursing a baby absolutely must supplement with a vitamin (and a very good one) to guarantee she is getting enough nutrition for a healthy milk supply. Real, not synthetic, bio-availability is extremely important. Our bodies aren’t easily tricked they crave what is real. So for real and not synthetic and very bio-available go no further than this absolutely awesome vitamin supplement.
3. Foods to increase breastmilk production
I wholeheartedly believe in eating REAL foods. Not pre-packaged, not grocery store frozen meals, not fast food, honest-to-goodness make-it-yourself from scratch food. That may seem daunting, but the easy make-ahead foods out there are endless. Pinterest has some amazing ideas. When searching how to naturally increase milk supply, foods (like really real foods) are well known to increase milk supply. Making sure you are getting those foods in your diet goes a long way to giving your milk supply a boost.
- Oats- Once you understand how helpful oats are it’s pretty easy to up your intake of oats. The other benefit of oats is that t can also be very helpful when trying to lose some pregnancy weight, and it’s still gluten-free for those who are intolerant. Oatmeal, overnight oats, oatmeal cookies the sky is the limit here. One of my favorite ways to eat oats is in this awesome waffle recipe that uses oat flour, the whole family loves it and it’s super healthy.
- Flaxseed- These health packed little seeds are also wonderful at increasing your milk supply (and they just so happen to be in the waffle recipe above).
- Brewers yeast- Back in the day women were advised to drink one beer a day to help increase milk supply. The reason was that the yeast in beer was helpful in promoting lactation. If you are not a fan of beer try Brewers yeast, you can get them in tablets or a tasteless powder to add to food.
4. Herbs to increase breastmilk production
If you have increased your water intake, are taking a good real-food multi-vitamin, and are eating real whole foods, and you are still lacking try adding some beneficial herbs or supplements. Herbs are the earths natural answer to pharmaceuticals. Natural medicine. Herbs have been used for eons to help with everything. If you could ask your ancestors how to naturally increase milk supply one of the top solutions would definitely be herbs! For an easy way to get some herbal lactation help, Etsy or mountain rose herbs have some amazing pre-blended teas or tinctures specifically blended for lactation needs. Also here are some different herbs to look for.
- alfalfa- in tea or pill form
- red raspberry leaf
- fennel seed
- blessed thistle
If you aren’t into figuring what pills or herbs to mix here are a few pre-made herbal supplements
5. Essential oils to boost breastmilk supply
apply 1-2 drops around the breast (where they won’t be ingested by baby) or apply to the bottom of the feet.
- fennel (can also be taken in capsules)
Stress can wreck all sorts of stuff. What nursing mother isn’t stressed out by a lack of a milk production?! Finding ways to reduce the stress hormone is important so that the hormones that cause lactation can do their work. Visualization, mindful meditation, reading, relaxing and breathing techniques can all be very helpful in reducing the effects of stress on a nursing mother.
When you are on the search for how to naturally increase milk supply, sleep always seems to come up. I can not say this enough, sleep is very important. Sleep for your body is needed for well pretty much everything. One of the things that are seriously affected by a lack of sleep is hormone production. Those same hormones control all sorts of day-to-day issues but also the production of milk. Trust me I have tried to cut the sleep corners (SO MANY TIMES) and it never ends well. Just know that your body knows what it needs, and yes sleep is a big one!
8. Breastfeed Often
While you are in the process to bump up your milk supply, nurse your baby often. Breastfeeding, simply put, is a supply and demand issue. Breastfeeding puts more of a demand on your body than does pumping, the result is more milk production. Many moms go to pumping due to pain and a bad latch if that is the case find a good lactation consultant. In most cases, a hospital or doctors office can get you in contact with a lactation consultant free of charge.
While breastfeeding has its highs and lows, all of science agrees it’s a far superior food source for your baby. Having a low milk supply is a concern many mothers share. However with a little Mother Nature and a little know how low milk supply, can, for the most part, be solved. Good nutrition & herbs have been the keys on how to naturally increase milk supply for ages. As luck or rather mother nature would have it the natural route is still the best path for a good milk supply ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 5 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.