How To Maintain Your Milk Supply
First and foremost you have to empty those breast. Pumping and feeding regularly will help your body to know that milk needs to be produced. The less you feed/pump, the less you produce. It’s that simple.
Stress can cause a HUGE dip in your milk supply. Try to practice self care to destress yourself. Here are 50 Ways to Practice Self Care
Breastmilk is made up of mainly water. You have to consume it to help your body produce it. Increasing your water intake will not only help your milk stay afloat but it will be great for your skin, hair and overall health. Don’t go overboard. Follow our MMC FB Page to participate in our water challenge.
Food fuels your body to help create energy. You need to eat to keep your body fueled to help produce that lovely liquid gold. Choose healthier snack options like apples, rice cakes, eating a healthier dinner option.
Sleep is just another self care act that provides benefits to your body. When you feel well rested you feel good, energized and ready to take on the day.
Myth or fact? I have been told and convinced that gatorade helps with maintaining your milk supply. It gives your body that extra boost of hydration and helps produce a little more milk. When my supply is low I tend to drink a blue gatorade. Gatorade will not make you supply increase, however it will help maintain it.
Oatmeal has what’s known as saponins in the oats, which may increase the hormones moms need to produce milk. So we have been told. I found that when I ate oatmeal every morning my milk supply was at its best. I went a month without eating it and I noticed a slight change in my supply and let down.
Need help increasing?
Power pumping can help your body produce more milk.
Power Pumping consist of…
Pumping for 20 minutes
Rest for 10 minutes,
Pump for 10 minutes
Rest for 10 minutes
Pump for 10 minutes
Repeating this 3x a day throughout the day for 3 days.
Lactation cookies-treats-beverages are items you can consume when your supply is feeling low. They are not to be in replace of you emptying your breast, pumping or consuming water.
There are plenty of lactation cookies out there to choose from like milkmakers, milky mama and booby boons. Check out Shanophia’s experience with Milky Mama.
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Maintaining your milk supply consist of A LOT of work. Water consumption and pumping/feeding frequently should be your main focus. Empty your breast so your body knows to make more milk. Hydrate yourself and remeber not to stress. You got this!