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How Can I Increase My Low Milk Supply?

Q: After nursing my child for 6 months my milk supply has greatly decreased (this happened with the last two kids I have nursed). I am pumping at work and nursing at night and in the morning. I have started exercising again and with 4 kids I am up at 5:30am and on my feet until 10 pm. Am I pushing my body too far or could nutrition play a part and help me get my milk supply back? - Kate

A: That’s a great question Kate! Stress, fatigue, dehydration, and nutrition can all contribute to decreased milk production. It sounds like you have a very busy schedule with 4 kids, work, exercise, pumping, nursing, etc. Your body may be feeling a bit overwhelmed and therefore not producing the same amount of milk. 

Nutritionally, be sure that you are drinking a lot of fluids (preferably water) throughout the day (about 13 cups for nursing moms), eating a well-balanced diet with more whole foods (like momme meals!) than processed foods, and choosing healthy carbohydrates (e.g. whole wheat, legumes) over the simple sugars (e.g. candy, products made with white flour, chips). Continuing to take maternal vitamins while nursing can also be beneficial. 

Some other tips that might help are to take a 5-10 minute calming period before pumping to help you relax and transition your mind off of work-related tasks. The more relaxed you are, the easier it is to let down. Also try pumping at the same time every day, and during what would be your typical nursing times. This helps keep “the girls” on a schedule, if you will.

Last but not least, talk with your doctor or your child’s pediatrician ~ he/she can likely offer other suggestions or may be able to recommend herbal or natural supplements, like Fenugreek, that will help with milk production. All of that being said, if your baby is continuing to grow and maintain a healthy weight, chances are you are producing enough milk. Keep in mind, too, that if you have started giving your baby solids, he/she might not be needing the same volume of milk at each feeding, which in turn decreases the amount your body makes (supply and demand). Good luck!

Here are a few links that may be able to provide you with some additional information:
 
Baby Center: After breastfeeding for month how can I keep up my milk supply?
Kelly Mom: Increasing low milk supply.

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