Milk Supply Summary

Milk Supply Summary

Feeding Newborns: The first few weeks at home are hard. I’ve been working hard on increasing my milk supply. I had low milk supply with my first baby, and had to supplement on top of breastfeeding. I blamed myself for not working hard enough at increasing my milk supply at the beginning so I was really expecting this next time to be much easier if I just spent the first few weeks working on my milk supply. It’s not going exactly the way I thought it would, but Its still early on and I’m going to keep trying to increase my supply. (look back at doctormommd.com for more info about my breastfeeding struggles from my last baby).
How to increase milk supply? Check out my article on doctormommd.com (link in bio) but here are the bullet points:
1. Feed feed feed, the more your body feels demand, the more supply it will produce. Make sure during the day you’re feeding every 2-3hours and at night every 3-4 hours.
2. Making sure your breasts are drained fully: feed on both sides, compress your breasts during active sucking to drain them, make sure your baby is latching well so they can drain your breasts (Lactation consultants can help you with your latch- would you be interested in a post about latching?)
3. Pump right after your baby finishes feeding to artificially cue your body to increase supply
4. Herbal/food remedies: oatmeal, dandelion, seaweed, basil and fennel seeds, and milk thistle and fenugreek have been used for generations to increase supply but the studies are not necessarily definitive.
5. Ensure you have adequate hydration throughout the day.
6. Domperidone: a medication that can increase milk supply. There are side effects of this medication so make sure you discuss these with your doctor to see if it is right for you.
What worked for you? ❤️

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