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    Best Tips on How to Increase Your Milk Supply

     

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    Breastfeeding is filled with precious moments, but like all good things, it’s not without its challenges. One common concern that breastfeeding mothers can experience is low breast milk supply. Your body is designed to give your baby all the nutrients he or she needs, but sometimes mothers can worry that they’re not producing enough milk. Understandably, this leaves moms wondering how they can boost their milk supply.
     

    It can be possible to help increase milk supply using a few tips and tricks, but first, it’s important to know the difference between real and perceived low breastmilk supply. If your baby is gaining weight well, you probably have nothing to worry about – but more on that later!
     

    From ‘how do I increase my milk supply?’ to ‘how long does it take to increase milk supply?’, here we’ll answer all your most frequently asked questions surrounding breastmilk production.

    Signs that you don’t need to boost your milk supply


    It’s natural for moms to worry that they’re not producing enough milk, especially as it can be difficult to measure exactly how much you are producing. This leads to moms assuming they need to increase their milk supply. But don’t panic: if your baby is showing the following signs, they are likely to be getting plenty of milk.1,2

    • Your baby appears happy. Your newborn looks happy and content after feeding and releases on his or her own.
    • Your baby is gaining weight. Your newborn is gaining his or her expected weight, which is about 5.5-8.5 ounces per week until four months of age.
    • Your baby is swallowing. Your baby goes through periods of obvious swallowing or gulping during feeds when you have a letdown. When this happens, your baby’s sucking will slow down and his or her mouth fills with larger volumes of milk.
    • Your baby is alert. Your newborn is alert and active while he or she is awake and is meeting overall developmental milestones.

    If you recognize these signs, your baby is most likely getting enough milk. But if you think that you are not producing enough milk, don’t panic. There are plenty of ways that you can help to boost your milk supply.

    Boost milk supply with these tips

     

    If you are struggling with milk production, never hesitate to consult with your doctor to determine the best course of action. We recommend these tips to help boost your milk supply:

    1. Nurse your baby regularly

     

    It’s important that your baby feeds every one and a half to two hours during the day and every three hours at night. While this may seem often, it is essential to help boost your milk supply and ensure that your little one is getting the right amount of nutrients he or she needs to thrive.
     

    And if your newborn is sleeping, gently wake him or her up to breastfeed on schedule. Alternatively, you could use a breast pump to stimulate your milk supply. Remember, the more you nurse, the more breast milk you will produce.

    2. Eat certain foods to increase milk supply

     

    Not only is eating a balanced and healthy diet good for your overall health, but it is also important when trying to boost your milk supply. Aim to eat about 300 to 500 more calories per day than you consumed before your pregnancy. Fill your daily diet with a variety of yummy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to boost your milk supply and keep up your strength. Drink plenty of water so that you don’t get dehydrated, as that could make it difficult for your body to produce enough milk.

    3. Discover how to increase milk supply when pumping

     

    Pumping is a great option for mothers who are unable to be with their baby during feedings. And it is also a wonderful way to help sustain or increase milk supply. Try adding a few pumping sessions between feedings to help stimulate milk production. Draining your milk between feeding sessions can help with milk supply by telling your body to produce more milk. Discover how you can get the most out of your breast pump with this guide !
     

    And if you don’t yet have a breast pump, consider this electric breastfeeding pump that allows you to express your breast milk easily. The Philips Avent allows for a comfortable and relaxed seating position when expressing. In fact, due to its unique design, it’s been clinically proven to reduce the need to lean forward*, the milk will flow directly from your breast into the bottle regardless.

     

    Your comfort is of the utmost importance when it comes to breastfeeding, which is why this pump has soft-textured massage cushions to gently stimulate your milk flow. Once you are done pumping, discover how to store your breast milk here!

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      More milk in less time, comfortably

      The Double Electric Breast Pump is ideal if you don't have much time. Reduce your expression time & sit comfortably as the soft massage cushion gently stimulates your milk flow. The pump is quiet & easy to set up, personalize, use & clean. See all benefits

      Philips shop price
      Suggested retail price: $199.99

      More milk in less time, comfortably

      The Double Electric Breast Pump is ideal if you don't have much time. Reduce your expression time & sit comfortably as the soft massage cushion gently stimulates your milk flow. The pump is quiet & easy to set up, personalize, use & clean. See all benefits

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    More milk in less time, comfortably

    The Double Electric Breast Pump is ideal if you don't have much time. Reduce your expression time & sit comfortably as the soft massage cushion gently stimulates your milk flow. The pump is quiet & easy to set up, personalize, use & clean. See all benefits

    Philips shop price
    Suggested retail price: $199.99

    More milk in less time, comfortably

    The Double Electric Breast Pump is ideal if you don't have much time. Reduce your expression time & sit comfortably as the soft massage cushion gently stimulates your milk flow. The pump is quiet & easy to set up, personalize, use & clean. See all benefits

    Enjoy a comfortable breastfeeding journey

     

    So, how long does it take to increase milk supply? The beautiful thing about motherhood is that every woman is different. You may notice a difference in milk supply within a few days or you may notice a difference in a few weeks. Regardless of how long it may take, try to remain relaxed and try not to get frustrated. This is all part of learning how to breastfeed and discovering what works best for you and your baby!
     

    If you have any questions or if you feel your baby is not getting enough milk, never hesitate to contact your doctor for help!

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    * Tests carried out on 110 mothers showed a significant preference for Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump vs. a leading competitor

    1 La Leche League - Is my baby getting enough milk?

    2 womenshealth.gov - Making breastmilk