6 Ways To Increase Milk Supply

 

Sometimes, establishing a strong milk supply can be a challenge. Here are 6 ways to help increase it :)

  1. Nurse Often and For as Long as Baby Wants To:
    Try to have baby nurse roughly every 2-3 hours, which is about 8-10 times in a 24 hour period; as you are breastfeeding, (and even just being skin-to-skin) the body produces amazing hormones like oxytocin and prolactin that help with bonding and milk production.

  2. Take Care of Yourself:
    Eat well, sleep well and increase your fluids. You will need about 1800-2200 calories a day while breastfeeding. Also, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water or herbal tea. Dehydration, fatigue and stress will decrease your milk supply.

  3. Pump After Each Nursing Session:
    Pump for at least 5 to 10 minutes after each feeding. Do this 8 to 10 times in a 24 hour.

  4. Increase Your Milk With Help: 
    Speak to your healthcare provider, naturopath or midwife about nutritional supplements like fenugreek, blessed thistle, brewer's yeast.

  5. Avoid Bottles and Pacifiers:  
    Until breast-feeding is well-established, try to restrict feeding to the breast. If you absolutely need to, use a cup, syringe or feeding tube.

  6. Check Your Latch: 
    If baby is not far enough on the Areola, he or she may not be compressing the milk ducts adequately. Assistance from a lactation consultant, midwife or doula is extremely helpful.


References:

http://www.nbci.ca/

http://www.lllc.ca/Information-sheets

http://www.cochrane.org/CD003519/PREG_early-skin-to-skin-contact-for-mothers-and-their-healthy-newborn-infants

Lawrence, Ruth A., MD, Lawrence, Robert M., MD. Breastfeeding A Guide For The Medical Profession Sixth Edition. Mosby. Philadelphia. 2005.

Ehrlich, Steven D., NMD. Brewer's Yeast. University of Maryland Medical Center. 2011: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/brewers-yeast-000288.htm : Accessed June 14, 2012.

http://breastfeeding.about.com/od/milksupplyproblems/a/Brewers-Yeast-And-Increasing-Breast-Milk-Supply.htm

How to tie a wrap

Awesome photographer, Mira and gorgeous models, Ai-Linn and Logan were kind enough to help me demonstrate the art of baby wearing. Ai-Linn is an expert and has been wearing both her children in all kinds of carriers for years. We suggest that you try this over a bed or soft surface the first few times or until it becomes second nature. Also, talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about safe carrier options. The wrap that Ai-Linn is using is called the moby wrap but we also like the Boba and the Mamankangourou.

1. Place the (center) label of the wrap in front of your abdomen, and wrap around waist.

 

2. Cross the fabric behind your back and bring the free ends up and over your shoulders. Hold both ends in front of you and tuck in.

3. Pull down slightly to remove slack and raise the front part with the label to your chest.

4. Cross the front free ends around the waist to the back and then bring the ends back to the front.

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5. Tie in a double knot in front or side of hip.

6. Hold baby up on your shoulder and place baby's legs one at a time through each side of the "x". 

7. Spread the fabric wide across the baby's bottom, back and shoulder.

8. Tuck baby under the second half of the wrap and spread across their body.

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9. Pull the center piece of fabric with the logo over the baby's back, ensuring a snug fit across their entire body, the fabric should be tight enough to hold the baby's entire weight without sinking.

voila!