7 Ways to Increase Your Milk Supply

Posted by Katherine Rickard on

Congratulations, new mama! You're now a proud owner of a brand new baby and a brand new pair of milk jugs. But wait, what's this? Your milk supply is running low? Don't worry, we've got you covered with some tips and tricks to increase your milk supply and keep your little one well-fed.

As a new mom, it's important to know that low milk supply is a common concern. But don't worry, there are ways to increase your milk production and get the milk flowing.

Increasing Milk Supply:

    1. Drink up, buttercup: Staying hydrated is key to producing enough milk. Keep a water bottle handy at all times and sip on water throughout the day. And if plain water is too boring for you, try infusing it with fruits like lemon or berries for a tasty twist.

    2. Power up with power foods: Eating a balanced diet with plenty of nutrient-dense foods is important for milk production. Some foods that are believed to boost milk supply include oats, leafy greens, almonds, and salmon. So go ahead and indulge in some delicious oatmeal, a refreshing spinach salad, or a tasty salmon burger.

    3. Pump it up: Pumping in between feedings can help stimulate milk production and increase supply. Plus, it gives you a little break while someone else takes over the feeding duties. So break out that pump and get to work!

    4. Get some rest: Yes, we know it's easier said than done with a newborn in the house. But getting enough rest is crucial for milk production. Try to sneak in naps whenever you can, and don't hesitate to ask for help from friends and family.

    5. Relax and unwind: Stress can interfere with milk production, so take some time for yourself to relax and unwind. Take a soothing bath, practice some yoga, or read a good book. Your milk supply will thank you.

    6. Consider lactation support: Consulting with a lactation consultant or joining a breastfeeding support group can provide additional guidance and support.

    7. Have fun: Last but not least, don't forget to have some fun! Laughter and joy can do wonders for milk production. So sing some silly songs to your little one, dance around the house, or play a game of peek-a-boo. Your baby (and your milk supply) will love it.

Now that you've got a supply stashed in the fridge I'm sure you're asking what's the best way to warm all of this milk safely?  We've got some tips and tricks for you to safely warm your milk and keep your little one happy and healthy.

  1. Invest in a bottle warmer: A bottle warmer like the Baby's Brew portable bottle warmer can make warming breast milk a breeze. Simply pop the milk bottle onto the warmer and let it do its thing. Plus, the portable design means you can warm up milk on-the-go, making life as a new mom a little easier.
  2. Avoid microwaving: Microwaving breast milk can create hot spots and destroy some of the nutrients in the milk. Instead, opt for other warming methods.
  3. Use a warm water bath: Placing the breast milk bottle in a bowl of warm water is a safe and effective way to warm it up. Just make sure the water is warm, not hot, and test the temperature of the milk on your wrist before feeding your baby.
  4. Consider using a slow cooker: Believe it or not, a slow cooker can also be used to safely warm breast milk. Fill the slow cooker with warm water and place the milk bottle in a jar or ziplock bag before submerging it in the water. Just be sure to keep an eye on the temperature and test it before feeding your baby.
  5. Don't forget to stir: No matter which method you choose, be sure to give the milk a good stir to distribute any hot spots and ensure an even temperature throughout.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can stress affect milk supply?

A: Yes, stress can interfere with milk production. Taking time to relax and unwind can help increase milk supply.

Q: Can I use a microwave to warm breast milk?

A: It is not recommended to use a microwave to warm breast milk as it can create hot spots and destroy some of the nutrients in the milk.

Q: How long can breast milk be stored in the fridge?

A: Breast milk can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure to store it in a sealed container and label it with the date.

Q: How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

A: Some signs that your baby is getting enough milk include producing 6-8 wet diapers per day, having regular bowel movements, and gaining weight.

Q: Can I warm breast milk while on-the-go?

A: Yes, you can use the Baby's Brew battery-powered portable bottle warmer or other portable bottle warmer options to warm bottles on the go.

 

There you have it, new mama. With these tips and tricks, you'll be a milk-producing machine and bottle warmer expert in no time. So go ahead, get cozy with your baby, and enjoy a warm bottle of milk together.

 

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