If you’re like most moms, you may have experienced a drop in your supply. There are some contributing factors that may be hindering your production. But there’s no need to stress about it. Make these adjustments and you should see a pick up in your supply within 3 days!
#1 Get some rest
Easier said than done, right?
As most moms are running on just a few hours of sleep each night, sleep can be hard to come by. But if you can, make sure to rest enough and get enough sleep.
I noticed a significant drop in production when baby was teething or sick and was constantly on me all night.
#2 Meditate / Lower your stress
Stress can drastically lower your production, affect your mood, and drain your energy. This fight or flight reflex we all have means that stress puts extra pressure on our resources. As your body focuses on protecting you, it puts less energy on your production.
#3 Stick to a schedule
I know this is sometimes really hard to do when other factors could be affecting your baby such as a developmental breakthroughs, teething, illness, etc.
Try your best to stick to a schedule.
A good milk supply schedule is feeding every 2-3 hours.
#4 Pump after baby eats
Have you ever noticed you produce more at certain times of the You can actually “trick” your body into producing more at specific times?
With each of my babies, once they reach about 10 months, I noticed a significant drop in production. I still wanted to be able to have enough milk on hand for all their feedings plus be able to store some. With my first baby, I actually worked and went to school full time. This was about the time I played around with controlling and manipulating my production to ensure I had enough for baby and backup.
Feed baby on their scheduled times. On the times when you want to ramp up a bit more production, pump for about 10 minutes AFTER the feeding. I wouldn’t do this for every feeding. For me, it was enough to do it for the first feeding of the day (before work) and for the bedtime feeding.
This tricks your body into thinking the baby is hungrier and needs more milk at these specific times.
By doing this, I was able to produce enough to help offset the next day while still providing enough milk to my baby even if I wasn’t there.
#5 Allow baby to feed from you versus a bottle
Babies tend to pull more from you that a pump simply cannot reach. This helps with your production as well as bonding with your baby which has been proven in many studies to help with brain development.
So I recommend breastfeeding versus pumping and bottle feeding if you can or whenever you can.
Bonus Tip: Drink Plenty of Water!!!
Breastfeeding takes a lot out of us so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated.
I hope these tips and mom hacks work for you and your baby and you’re able to increase your milk supply quickly.
Have any other tips that you’d like to share? Comment below and let other mamas know.
My name is Becky and I’m a homeschooling, natural-birthing, breastfeeding, chaos loving, 80’s music rocking, and small business owner mom of three. I love watching football, drawing, dancing, doing crafts, playing with my kids, and snuggling my fur babies. I have lofty dreams of traveling the world with my family and enjoying every second of this crazy life.