1. Nurse your baby frequently at regular intervals
One of the most effective non-food ways to increase breast milk production is to nurse frequently. The aim is to remove as milk as frequently as possible because breastfeeding stimulates your hormones to produce milk. In other words, the more your baby demands for milk, the more the supply will increase.
2. Express milk in between feedings
Another way to stimulate your body to produce more milk is to express milk in between feedings. This can be done by hand or by using a breast pump. The expressed milk can then be stored in your refrigerator or freezer and given to your baby as needed.
3. Massage your breasts
Massaging your breasts when you are not breastfeeding or pumping can also help to increase breast milk supply. You can do this when you are taking a bath or ask your partner to help you.
4. Drink plenty of fluids
Drink plenty of water and other fluids such as juices, milk or soup to help increase breastmilk production.
5. Eat a balanced diet
One of the first things on your mind after giving birth might be to diet and lose weight ASAP. However, when breastfeeding it’s important that you eat the right amount of food with a diet containing foods rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Breastfeeding moms shouldn’t go through weight loss programs or restrictive diets because it can affect breastmilk production and leave you feeling weak. If you’re conscious about the weight you’ve gained during pregnancy and want to get back into shape without compromising breastfeeding, consult your doctor.
6. Take supplements or continue to take prenatal vitamins
It’s important that you get the necessary nutrients your body needs while you nurse your baby. One way of ensuring this is to continue to take multivitamins or the vitamins you took while you were pregnant.
7. Avoid or lessen exposure to stress
Stress and lack of rest can decrease breast milk production. Therefore it’s essential that you try to get enough sleep each night and avoid activities that may cause you stress.
This may be easier said than done, especially when you're a new mom adjusting to the routine of caring for and nursing a newborn. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you need it.
8. Avoid cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine
Remember, everything you eat, drink and inhale can get into your breastmilk, so avoid these substances while you’re breastfeeding.
9. Talk to a breastfeeding consultant
If you feel that you’ve done all you can to increase your breastmilk supply but it still hasn’t improved, you may want to consider talking to a lactation or breastfeeding consultant. Seeing certified breastfeeding counselors may also help.
The Asian Parent Philippines Editorial. No-Fail Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply. The Asian Parent Philippines Online. [cited No Date]; [12 screen]. Available at URL: https://ph.theasianparent.com/how-to-increase-breast-milk-supply/