Avoid bottles and pacifiers
Avoid bottles and pacifiers if you can for the first few weeks. While your baby is learning to breastfeed. These replacements can cause a weaker suck. You want your baby to sooth its sucking need on the breast to develop an appropriate suck.
Eat healthy food and drink 1 gallon of water a day
The baby’s liquid diet has to come from somewhere. If you’re not drinking enough water your body will not produce enough milk.
Try to reduce stress as much as possible. If you are stressed your body will not produce milk. You also will not be able to relax enough for the “let down” reflex to release the milk you did produce. This may include not having visitors, or asking people to come over and help cook and clean so you can rest.
Have the baby close by
While most medical bodies do not encourage cosleeping, if your baby is down the hall or in another room there will not be as much feeding at night. Night time is when your body produces the most milk. The fewer feedings the baby has, the less milk your body thinks it has to make. If you can have the baby sleep in your bedroom or next to the bed, you will be more alert to early feeding cues and may have an easier time feeding the baby at night. Plus, you won’t have to come fully awake to feed the baby and have a better chance at getting to sleep after the baby does.
Switch breasts while feeding
If The more stimulation the breast gets, the more milk your body will make. This also helps prevent sore nipples from feeding in one position for too long. It also helps the breasts completely drain, while will help increasing supply.
Warm heat prior to breastfeeding can help the breasts “let down” the milk. This can be done by getting in the shower or putting a heating pad on the breasts prior to feeding.
Compress the breast
Compressing the breast while baby is sucking will help stimulate the milk letdown, ensuring the breasts truly empty during a feeding.
After the baby is done feeding pump for 5-10 minutes on a higher suction setting about 8 times a day.
Fenugreek capsules (2-3 capsules taken 3 times daily) along with Blessed Thistle tablets (same dosage). You may want to add Brewer’s Yeast tablets (3 tablets taken with meals, 3 times per day) and Red Raspberry tea or capsules several times each day.
Fenugreek seems to be the most effective. Fenugreek when taken in large doses may cause lowered blood sugar, so should be used with caution by diabetics. It is in the same family with peanuts and chickpeas, and may cause an allergic reaction in moms who are allergic to them. If the Fenugreek is going to help, moms usually notice an increase in one to three days. Fenugreek is used in artificial maple flavorings, and may cause a maple-syrup odor in a mother or baby’s sweat.
Increasing the oats in your diet may help. Some say eating oatmeal or oat cookies help breast milk production. There is no hard data to support this.
. Studies have shown an increase of 66 to 100% in milk production when using 30-45 mg of Metroclopromide per day . When it’s taken by a lactating woman, it stimulates prolaction production within 2-3 days. Work on addressing the cause of the low supply by correcting positioning or pumping frequently, or supply will drop back to previous levels when discontinued. Side effects: like fatigue, irritability, and depression.
Domeperidone (Motillium) has been used in Canada and other countries for decades, and has been shown to be a very safe and effective medication that significantly increases breast milk production.
Domperidone has fewer side effects than Reglan because it does not enter the brain tissue in significant amounts.
***Please note that you have to consult your physician before taking any prescription or over the counter medication while pregnant.
It’s often necessary to supplement with formula while you are working to increase your supply. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that giving formula is the ‘kiss of death’ for breastfeeding. Often, supplementing with formula is just what you need to put weight on the baby quickly so that he can nurse more vigorously and effectively