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How I increased my milk supply  |  Blog 

If you follow me on social media you will know that I’ve recently had a bit of a tough time when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping for Smidge. My milk supply was dwindling and I wasn’t producing hardly anything. It had got to the point where I would wake up in the morning, express and get less than an ounce! I was expressing throughout the day, trying to feed Smidge on the boob when I could but nothing seemed to be working so I set about increasing my supply. I asked for help from all over and so many people gave me their advice. It’s now been almost 10 days since I started our new regime and so far it seems to be working as I’ve gone from waking up and getting less than an ounce off to pumping 3/4 oz at a time and being able to put Smidge in a milk coma from the boob! So many people have asked me to share what I have been doing. Some have asked for a video where as other have asked for a blog post and seeing as this is something I feel so passionate about I thought I’d do both :)

I also feel like I need to add that NONE of this is a paid or sponsored post. Everything that is in this post is what I have actually done and for me it has worked.

The video is down below and if you scroll down you should see the blog post underneath it.





1. Breastfeed as much as possible! 
The first and most important thing that I did was that I fed Smidge from the boob more. For those who don’t know, we are Combi feeding so a lot of the time Smidge was having expressed milk in a bottle or formula rather than feeding straight from me. I questioned why we were doing things that way and after thinking about it long and hard I realised that it was a control thing. I didn’t like not knowing how much milk Smidge had taken. By giving him a bottle I knew exactly how much he had so could work out roughly when he’d need another feed. Now that he’s a bit older I feel like I’ve learnt to understand him more, I’m more in tune with what he wants and how he tells us what he needs so I didn’t feel like I needed so much control anymore. I let go and started to put Smidge on the boob when he showed signs of hunger. For the first few days he’d be suckling for about 10 mins or so and then start fussing because the boob was empty so I’d go and make him a bottle. Now, if he’s showing me he is hungry I’ll put him straight on the boob and sometimes he’s fully satisfied, other times he wants more milk straight away so I’ll give him some formula and some days he will fall asleep and the want more milk in about an hour or so time. Just be letting go of the need to control and know how much he’s having I’ve been breastfeeding him so much more and in turn increasing my supply.


2. Watch what you eat. 
I knew I need to think about what I was eating when I was breastfeeding but I don’t think I fully understood or knew what was good for me. Through my research I’ve found out that oats are a huge milk maker, as well as Fenugreek and Flaxseeds. Oats are easy to get into your diet as you can have porridge and flap jacks (which I tend to have for breakfast now) but the other two are slightly harder to incorporate. You could probably find some recipes online and ways to get fenugreek and flaxseeds into your diet but I’ve taken the easy way out have have been using Boobix lactation cookies and Mothers Love Cookies laxtiaion brownies. Both of these not only taste amazing but they have definitely helped my supply.
You can find Mothers Love Cookies here - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MothersLoveCookies
Boobix cookies are available here - https://www.boobbix.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwk_TbBRDsARIsAALJSOYCCqf_a7dwtUHW3xAYPMP15CSepg45kh4l5pwxD7YeH7XNhLlrwxAaArSbEALw_wcB

3. Hydrate! 
Make sure you keep drinking. I really notice the effect it has on the days when I haven’t drunk that much, especially through the night. It’s so easy to fix but also so easy to forget. I’ve made sure that I always have a water bottle to hand and as soon as it’s empty I’ll fill it up. Whilst I’m at the tap I’ll drink at least half the bottle and then fill it again so I remember to drink it. If you don’t like water then get a little squeezey thing if concentrated squash that you can squirt into your water.

4. Massage your breasts whilst pumping and or feeding 
I found a very good (all be it very dated) video here - (skip to 5mins 12 secs for the massage section) https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/maximizing-milk-production.html
I have been massaging my breasts as I am pumping and it’s really helped with what I am getting out of them. It also helps to warm your boobs up in a hot/cold therapy way. Lansinoh do a Hot Cold therapy pack that you can buy which has also helped me on days where I need a boost. You can pop them in the microwave or in the freezer to not only help with your supply but also to help sooth if you have engorgement, a blocked duct or mastitis. These are the Lansinoh breast therapy pads - https://lansinoh.co.uk/product/therapearl-3-in-1-breast-therapy/

5. Take the pressure off 
If all else fails then just take the pressure off. When ever I am stressed my supply plummets. If I’m in a good head space and had some sleep then I produce more. It’s a bit of a vicious circle though because if you’re trying to feed more, your probably sleeping less and getting stressed because your baby is hungry etc. Just take the pressure off yourself a little and if your happy to give your baby some formula. I wouldn’t have got to where I am not if I wasn’t able to give Smidge some formula to fill his belly sometimes. I find that if he’s had a bottle for a previous feed he is a lot less fussy when he breastfeed for the next feed as he’s less hungry. He will happily sit and feed from me as he isn’t so hungry and desperate to get as much milk as he can. He’s happier to take the slower milk from me and feed from me for longer which in turn helps my supply. Sometimes we need to stop pressuring ourselves to make it work because we think it’s what we should do and we should just make sure our babies have a full belly. That isn’t for everyone of course as I totally understand that some people want to exclusively breast feed but I’ve share what I’ve done and what I would suggest to people in my situation.

So there you have it. This is what I have done in the past 10 days to increase my supply. It’s not been easy and there have been times where I’ve considered giving up but so far things are working for us. I really hope this will help some of you out here and as always if anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out on here through the contact me tab, in the comments or on social media.

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