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How to Increase Breast Milk Supply?

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply?

If you are a new mom, you might worry about your breast milk supply. You probably didn’t think it would be difficult to establish and keep an optimal breast milk supply. Therefore, new moms need to keep an eye on the signs of a decline in breast milk supply.

Some mothers might struggle with a low supply of breast milk, particularly in the early stages of breastfeeding. Consequently, women will go with the weaning process or start giving their little ones formula milk.

So, what are the possible reasons women can’t establish or maintain a good milk supply? How can they improve it? And when should they see a doctor? 

Reasons Why Some Mothers Find it Difficult to Establish or Maintain a Sufficient Breast Milk Supply

There can be different reasons women can find it difficult to establish or maintain a decent supply of breast milk. Some of these are:

  • Preeclampsia: It is a health condition that develops during pregnancy. The mother’s blood pressure is often high, which leads to issues later.
  • Surgeries: Few breast augmentation or reduction surgeries can impact the tissues in the breast, making it difficult to produce or establish a decent supply of breast milk.
  • Medications: Pseudoephedrine or other medications that have estrogen can also have an effect on the lactation process.
  • Bad Habits: Smoking or drinking alcohol can also reduce the breast milk supply.
  • Feeding Schedule: If you feed the baby at a particular time instead of feeding the baby when it is demanding can also have an impact on the breast milk supply.

If a woman is suffering from serious health issues, like diabetic conditions, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc., then they can see their breast milk supply shift.

However, there can be some different reasons why you might find it difficult to establish or maintain a breast milk supply. You can contact a certified lactation consultant to learn about the possible reasons for it.

How to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply?

There are certain medications that you can use to increase your breast milk supply. But, it is best to contact a certified and professional lactation expert for proper guidance. You can also try the following to improve breast milk supply:

  • Make sure that the baby is attaching properly and taking the milk from the breast efficiently
  • Remove the milk from the breast after 5 hours — you can either feed your baby or use an electric pump to do it
  • Stay hydrated, take proper rest,  and eat a balanced diet
  • Use any herbal and pharmacological remedies that can help establish and maintain a good milk supply
  • Always be ready to feed your baby after a couple of hours
  • Make sure to feed the baby from both breasts

Seeking a Healthcare Professional’s Assistance for a Steady Breast Milk Supply

If you are struggling to maintain a good breast milk supply, then a healthcare professional at Continuum Pediatrics can help you with it. You can give us a call at 817-617-8600 to learn more about breast milk supply or to schedule an appointment,