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Tips to Increase Milk Supply

Here are seven tips to increase milk supply:

  • Top two things to remember

    A mother breastfeeds her baby.Supply = demand.
    The more often and fully the breasts are emptied, the more milk they will make.  

    The baby is usually better than a pump for removing milk. 

  • Dual pump

    • After breastfeeding, dual pump for 15 minutes.
    • Make sure to use your hands to massage around the breast while pumping.
    • This will help them get as empty as you can. 
  • Try cluster pumping

    • Try cluster pumping if you are only pumping your milk.
    • How to do it: Pump for 10 minutes, then stop for 10 minutes. Repeat this process three times.
    • You do not need to wash pump parts between each pumping. Wait until the set of three is done.
    • There’s no need to empty bottles unless they are too full. 
    • Once done, place all the milk in the refrigerator. 
  • Help baby cluster feed

    • Pump every hour for four hours in a row until the breasts are as soft as you can get them.
    • This stimulates a cluster feed by baby. 
  • If you still feel like you are not making enough milk…

    • You may feel this way because baby is coming to the breast so often. But this may be normal behavior. It may be caused by a growth spurt, illness or developmental spurt. 
    • Work with your lactation consultant if you are unsure of your supply.