7 Tips for Boosting Your Milk Supply During Pregnancy
A friend of mine is expecting her second baby (a boy!) in a few months and is nervous about trying breastfeeding again. When she tried breastfeeding her daughter four years ago, she experienced difficulty with a low milk supply—something she believes is hereditary, as her mother also struggled with a decreased milk supply. This time, she is trying to get a jumpstart on boosting her milk supply while she’s still pregnant and asked me to do some research for her.
Is it possible to increase milk supply while still pregnant?
Here’s what I found:
- Dr. Jay Gordon’s website listed some herbal options to help boost supply, including marshmallow and dill.
- Make sure your prenatal vitamin includes the proper amount of calcium.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine (which you should be doing anyways, but if you’re anything like me, letting go of that morning coffee is mighty difficult).
- Stay hydrated! It’s perhaps the simplest, yet most effective thing you can do during your pregnancy. Don’t go crazy, but just drink enough to keep your urine clear and avoid thirst.
- Swap up your breakfast with some good old-fashioned oatmeal—some mothers swear it boosts milk production.
- Or try these common foods listed by Baby Center to boost your supply—just be sure to check if they are safe to eat during pregnancy.
- Ensure that you breastfeed your baby as soon as possible after birth—the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you breastfeed within one hour of birth to get your milk supply established.
Also be sure to log your breastfeeding when the baby comes, because often times, mothers think their supply is low when it’s actually adequate. Just write how often your baby is nursing and for how long, along with wet and poopy diapers down and take it to the pediatrician for his check-up. The doctor will be able to determine if your baby is in need of any additional supplementation based on your baby’s growth chart.
And as always, be sure to talk to your health care provider before trying any of the tips listed in the links above.
Do you have any tips for increasing your breast milk supply during pregnancy?
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