If you’re a breastfeeding mama then you probably know this struggle.
You need to store some milk for your baby because you don’t want a little human sucking on your nipple forever but you aren’t producing enough milk to store.
What can you do?
Well, there is a lot you can do actually to help get the milk-making machine back up to production levels.
In this post, I’m going to share with you how I was able to increase my body’s milk production in just 48 hours.
How I sometimes feel breastfeeding.
When I found out I was pregnant I knew that I wanted to breastfeed and I did as much research as I possibly could.
The biggest issue with breastfeeding is that you don’t know if it’s going to work out until the baby pops out!
I was fortunate enough that my son didn’t have much of a problem latching but the problem was that I wasn’t producing enough milk to keep him happy so I began to supplement with formula.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with this but I wanted to see if there were ways that I could naturally increase my breast milk supply so I researched like I was writing a college paper.
It’s amazing the stuff women do to try and increase their breast milk supply! There seems to be 1,001 solutions to this problem and I wasn’t going to try them all, so I tried the ones that poppped up most frequently.
This post shares my experience with these solutions.
How to Increase Breast Milk Supply in 48 Hours
First things first, you might not have this problem. Your breasts might be working like a fountain drink machine at McDonald’s but that doesn’t mean this can’t happen to you eventually.
It’s always good to be prepared so these are things that every breastfeeding mama should be doing.
A good general rule in life that one should follow is to drink more water.
The recommended amount of water you should be drinking to ensure your body is functioning properly is between 0.5 ounces to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight.
Generally, you’ll see the guideline that you should drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day but even that amount might not be enough for you depending on how much you weigh.
Because breast milk is 88% water and it’s getting sucked out of you, the water will need to be replenished at some point.
If your body is dehydrated then there is no chance of it producing milk so step 1 of producing more breast milk is ensuring that you drink enough water.
The easiest method is to get you a cool cup that you can carry around with you so you never forget to drink water.
Because I like my water always cold I like to use the Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Vacuum Thermos with Medal Strainer by HvDrink. It’s a little bit on the pricier side of water bottles but it can keep ice for over 24 hours which works out well for me.
Everybody likes drinking out of a straw.
Add Let There Be Milk to Your Daily Routine
I’m not one for witchcraft or hippy remedies but Let There Be Milk does exactly what it says it will do and that is to help you produce more breastmilk.
What is it?
It’s a liquid made from Fenugreek (no clue what that is) and Goats Rue (no clue what that is). Both of these are all natural so you aren’t tricking your body into producing more milk by using chemicals.
You simply add a couple of drops into your favorite drink every day and you are good to go.
Warning: This stuff often goes out of stock on Amazon so if you see in stock now I suggest you pick up some. If for whatever reason you miss your chance of grabbing it then you can also try Motherlove More Milk.
Seriously, I need to look up what Goat’s Rue is.
Oh, before I forget, this stuff taste terrible. Seriously, it might be the worst tasting thing I’ve ever had so what I usually do is drop it in a little bit of water (usually seltzer) so it’s easier to take down.
Mother’s Milk Tea
We’re going to stick with the hippie vibe here and talk about Mother’s Milk Tea.
I’ll be honest in that I’m not a fan of the name simply because it’s just not a good name.
It’s basically a tea infused with fennel and coriander that helps stimulate milk production. I’m not a big fan of teas so I make sure to add some liquid Stevia drops to it to sweeten it up and then it goes down pretty easy.
It’s a great drink to have in the morning if you don’t feel like diving into breakfast.
Replenish Your Electrolytes
I used to think that electrolytes were some silly marketing term but they are really important for your body’s health.
When you’re running low on electrolytes you can start to feel light-headed, nauseous, and queazy.
You don’t want to feel that way!
One of the downfalls of drinking so much water is that it can lead you to pee out a lot of electrolytes so it’s very important that you replenish as quickly as possible.
Just a quick squeeze into my water and I now have a fruity and refreshing drink without adding any sugar.
You also want to look into foods with sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
Don’t be afraid to use hot sauce in your meals!
Causes for Decreased Milk Production
To combat decreased milk production it’s also important to understand the causes for it.
- Lack of Sleep
- Birth Control
Everybody has their own method of combatting these things but they are important to keep in mind when you are trying to increase your levels of breast milk production.
Take Care of Your Body
With a new baby, it can be pretty hectic and you might not realize the strain that you are putting on your body.
You can’t just magically expect your body to consistently produce milk when you aren’t treating it right.
The same principles apply when trying to lose weight. If you don’t help your body then it won’t help you.
However, as you see it can be pretty easy to get things back on track and turn your body into a breast milk making machine.