Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Guest Post: How to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply Naturally

How to Increase Your Breast Milk Supply Naturally
Maintaining a healthy milk supply is important to having a successful breastfeeding relationship and giving your baby the nourishment you want to provide. However, many women experience problems with low milk supply, which can cause temporary setbacks or could derail breastfeeding goals entirely.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to increase breast milk supply to ensure that you overcome these setbacks quickly and easily. Here are a few tips for how you can increase your breast milks supply naturally:
Nurse as Often as Possible
There is no better way to tell your body to produce more milk than to let your baby nurse as often as possible. The more your baby nurse and empties your breasts of milk, the more your body will think you need to make. The suckling motion will also stimulate your breasts to make more milk. Nurse on demand as often as your baby wants, and your baby will quickly adjust to making the amount of milk you need.
Sleep with Your Baby
Skin-to-skin contact and sleeping with your baby encourages you and your baby to relax,  your baby to nurse longer and more frequently, and your body to produce more milk. Lay down to nurse your baby for naps and at bedtime. Co-sleep with your body when possible, and remove your baby's shirt when nursing when possible.
Pump More Often
Though pumping will never stimulate your breasts in the same way that nursing will, pumping more often or pumping after nursing sessions can help to stimulate milk production. Either pump between feedings or pump immediately following a feeding. Of course, you should also pump regularly when you are away from your baby and can't nurse. Pumping can help you to increase your milk supply when you do it regularly in addition to nursing.
Eat More Oatmeal
There are some foods that naturally help your body to produce more milk, and oatmeal is one of them. You can eat a bowl of whole oats for breakfast each day, or eat special oatmeal cookies designed to increase milk supply. Other foods that are said to increase milk supply include barley and dark beer.
Take Fenugreek
Fenugreek has long been known as a natural aid for increasing milk supply. You can pick up this herb from a local health food store and take it once or twice a day to help increase your supply. One side note: Though it is effective at increasing milk supply, it is also likely to make you and your milk smell like maple syrup as fenugreek is one of the main ingredients in maple syrup.
There are many more ways that you can try to increase your milk supply naturally if you are having troubles to ensure that you protect your breastfeeding relationship and get your baby the nourishment he needs. If you hit a roadblock meeting your breastfeeding goals, try one of these tips for increasing supply and getting back on the road to success.
What have you done to increase your breast milk supply naturally? Share your tips for success in the comments!

Sarah Clare is a writer and oversees the site, where she has recently been researching project tracking software. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and scrapbooking.

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