With my first child I had a very difficult time keeping my supply up so I stopped pumping breast milk at 13 months. This go round I’ve been nursing my youngest daughter for over a year and my supply has remained steady! But there has been many times over the past year when my supply has taken a dip and I used the following tips to give me a boost. These tips work fast (overnight!) and the next morning I have the extra milk I need to satisfy my hungry baby.
If you follow this blog you know that I’m a huge fan of Vitamin C. Once again it finds itself on my list of go to products. I found this hack by accident. I was taking Vitamin C to ward of a cold and I kept noticing a boost in my supply the next day. Sure enough, I researched this and found that it is known to bump up milk supply. 250mg (1/2 pill) works well for a overnight supply boost. I take the full 500mg dose if I’m under the weather. I would not use this everyday as a supplement for milk supply as the ascorbic acid can be irritating to baby’s bum and cause diaper rash. But when I need a quick boost, using it for just a few days does the trick.
Oats are incredible for breastmilk production. You can eat oats in a variety of different ways to boost supply: oatmeal, cookies, breads, oat bars and more. I bake muffins using oat flour in my Oat Blueberry Banana muffin recipe. I find this to be the most effective way to use oats for a quick milk supply boost. By eating 2 muffins or so per day my supply remains strong and consistent. I always notice a dip in supply when I stop consuming them.
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Lactation tea is super effective too. I prefer this one but most contain similar ingredients including fennel and fenugreek which are known to increase milk production. The directions say to drink 3-5 cups daily but that is way too much for me. 1-2 cups increases my supply just fine. Find the amount that works best for you and will not have you in the bathroom all day. Drinking this tea along with the muffins is a tasty way to up your milk supply fast.
This tip is for those who are TTC or pregnant. And it’s not for the faint of heart. If you are considering placenta encapsulation know that some women experience a nice jump in milk supply while taking placenta pills. I’m one of them! I used them briefly after the birth of my youngest and the immediate boost in supply was tremendous. I actually had to stop the pills because it was way too much for me to handle. Read more of my placenta encapsulation experience and its pros and cons here.
Along with my tips for breastfeeding success, these milk boosting options have kept my supply strong and consistent. If you need a boost, consider giving one or more of these tips a try!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This site’s content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Readers should consult their own qualified health care professional for medical advice.