Are you a breastfeeding mom who is in need of some help in breastfeeding and looking for tips on how to make more milk? Then this post is for you.
Are you sure you have this problem?
First, I want to make sure you know that a baby who wants to eat “all the time” doesn’t mean you aren’t producing! Some babies cluster feed, or are slow eaters and so it may seem like they are eating all.the.time. Also, not being able to pump is not a sign of not making enough milk. Instead, I want to make sure, that, before you start on some new foods for milk, that you are considering the real signs that you aren’t producing enough milk (read this). If it is the case that you need to increase milk production, then, by all means, let’s go ahead and look at foods that help to increase milk production. Of course, if you’re headed back to work and need increased production so that you can pump and store, then these tips may also be for you.
If, though, at any time, you are concerned about your baby’s development, see your trusted health care professional. Hopefully, your doctor is also an IBCLC or has one on staff. This way you know they can best support you in your breastfeeding goals.
Examples of Galactagogues
A galactagogue is a food or drug that promotes or increases the flow of a mother’s milk. Below are some affiliate links that help keep this website up and running.
Three common herbs that are used to increase milk production are:
Some common food items that people use to increase milk production are:
- brewer’s yeast
Consider having oatmeal in the morning. Oatmeal is high in fiber and may help milk production. Plus it is a generally considered healthy, so it definitely won’t hurt you! Plus, if you make oatmeal cookies you can easily add in some brewer’s yeast (or, if you’re okay with it, one dark beer!). I added water to this list because many women are dehydrated. Being well-hydrated is important to moms, nursing ones and non!