Increasing Your Milk Supply
Breast milk has more nutrients and calories in it per ounce than formula, meaning your baby gets more with less. Additionally, infants and babies will often seek out the breast (even after the milk is gone) simply to seek comfort, or to indulge their innate suckling urges.
Keep in mind that the signs of adequate milk supply will be evident in your baby. If he is maintaining a healthy weight and seems to be thriving, you can rest assured that your milk supply is adequate.
One of the most amazing qualities of the breast, is that it can automatically adjust to supply the amount of milk your baby needs. If you worry that your milk supply is not adequate enough for your baby – if you truly think that milk supply is a problem, you should speak with a lactation consultant because there are ways that you can help increase your milk supply.
If you want to increase your supply, it is best to set aside a few days to get started. First, allow your baby to nurse as often as possible on both breasts. If your baby still want to suckle, even after the milk seems to be gone, allow him to do so. This will often help you to produce more milk. Even though it may not always be convenient, instead of offering a pacifier allow your baby to utilize the breast for all suckling needs. I know that some mothers bring their babies to bed with them to allow the baby to stay in contact with the breast throughout the duration of the night. Remember, of course, that co-sleeping is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine.
If you have a breast pump, try to pump every two to three hours. After a day or two, pump milk between nursing to keep your milk production up as much as possible. Nipple stimulation is another way to bring in more milk.