Tips for improving low milk supply

Tips for improving low milk supply

Not having enough milk can be frustrating for your baby. And the last thing you need as a new parent is another reason for your baby to get cranky! If you’re struggling with low milk supply, here are some tips to try out.

Feed More Frequently

While this might seem counterintuitive, breastfeeding more often is actually the most common and simplest way to increase your milk supply. Try offering your baby milk every couple of hours – even when he/she isn’t crying for it yet. One easy way to increase your number of feeding sessions is to introduce ‘snacks’ in between your regular feeds, or even to offer a little ‘dessert’ milk about half an hour after each main meal.

Swapping Sides

Changing breasts often during a feed could help. When your baby’s sucking weakens, switch sides. Alternatively, allow your baby to entirely drain one breast before swapping sides.

Keep Comfortable

Breastfeeding isn’t always a pleasant experience, but try to relax and enjoy it. Doing so will help you produce and express the milk more easily. Staying comfortable applies to bub as well – ensure he or she is in a comfortable position that allows them to easily attach.

Massage Your Breasts

A light massage while breastfeeding can sometimes help. Focus on stroking towards the nipple, but be careful that you don’t disrupt your baby’s feeding while doing so!

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As a patient at Brisbane Obstetrician Dr Ken Law’s clinic you’ll get a home visit from his midwife after your birth, and if you till encounter problems we have lactation consultants at the hospital available to help you.

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