Baby Growth, Breastfeeding

How to increase breast milk?

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October 14, 2022

Here are some ways you can increase your breast milk supply:

  • Make sure to start breastfeeding as early as possible. It is best to start soon so that your child learns how to latch onto the breast and they can increase the flow of the milk supply. 
  • Check if your baby is correctly latching on to the breast.
  • Ensure a consistent pattern in your breastfeeding routine. Your baby should feed at a regular interval of about every 2-3 hours. Your breasts will start to produce more milk if it feels that the baby needs more milk. 
  • When you are feeding your baby, make sure to switch your breasts in between the feed. 
  • If you have an issue maintaining a consistent routine with breastfeeding or if you are also supplementing your milk with formula, you can try pumping in between feeds to help you with milk production. 
  • A balanced diet for the mother is crucial to ensure that she is healthy enough to produce adequate breast milk for the baby. Ensure that your intake of a balanced diet is assured with every meal and that you are adequately hydrated. 
  • If needed, your doctor might recommend a dosage of Domperidone to increase breastmilk production. It helps by increasing the levels of prolactin. It is only recommended in cases where the breastmilk supply isn’t enough and is necessary for the baby. 
  • You can also consult a lactation consultant to get their help with the correct latching techniques and get a recommendation for any medication you need. 
  • Ensure that you are healthy to produce the necessary milk flow. Your body might not be able to produce the required amount of milk if you are tired. So, get enough sleep and rest between the feed. 
  • Sometimes you can use a hand pumping method called expressed pumping to massage your breast and drain the milk. Doing this will help to ensure that your breasts are getting drained regularly which helps to produce more milk. 
  • Some research has shown that allowing some skin-to-skin contact with the baby also helps to increase oxytocin and thus, the flow of breastmilk.

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