3 Overnight Tips On How to Increase Milk Supply When Pumping

Chances are, if you're reading this, you've have some kind of struggle on how to increase your breastmilk supply. Most women develop this worry as soon as they have their babies. They worry about drying up, or that they're not going to be able to keep up with their babies' demand. But these fears can quickly become a reality in some occasions and these 3 methods are guaranteed to bring supply back up overnight.
How much should baby be drinking?
Keep in mind that the first 6 weeks is all cluster-feeding. Babies at this time will nurse more than they don't nurse. A lot of women feel that they have a low supply because baby is always feeding. This is perfectly normal and does not mean that you have a low milk supply. A few indicators of a low milk supply include:
  • Dehydration
  • Not having enough wet diapers - you need 6 a day
  • Baby not gaining weight - some babies might lose weight in the first week and then begin an upward climb.

N.B Please see a Board Certified Lactation Consultant if you have severe loss of milk 

These quick fixes below are meant to get you back on track and to overflow level when you discover a dip in milk supply.
1. Turn one pumping session into two

    The trick is to send a message to the mammary glands through a little manipulation. Pump for about 7 minutes, halt on pumping, grab your lactation massagers, turn them on and move around the top of your breasts, helping to stimulate those ducts, and then pump again for 7 more minutes with the massagers held in your bra or even without them. When you start and stop and start again, this sends signals of two separate pumping sessions and this is registered by the Stopping and starting again will signal two different pumping sessions and hence support the double production milk to meet the double demand.

    2. Pump both breasts at the same time

      We're advised to pump both sides simultaneously so we can save time. A major benefit of double pumping is that it enhances production of Prolactin, a hormone that aides the increase in milk supply. So grab yourself a double breast pump and pump away.

      3. Breast massage plus hand-pumping

      Replace the breast pump with your hands and use them to manually draw out milk as you use the Caremummy heated lactation massagers to stimulate the ducts and enhance milk flow. Hand pumping has been said to increase production by 48% and accompanied by breast massage, you're set to sky-rocket milk supply in the shortest time.

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      The information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.