Now first & foremost I HIGHLY suggest seeking out & consulting with an IBCLC, breastfeeding counselor, lactation consultant, and/or La Leche League Leader. If however you are having a difficult time doing so I will list some known ways to help.
If your milk supply is indeed low, here are some specific suggestions & articles that can help:
• Make sure that your baby has a good latch
• Find the "Comfort Zone"
• Use Breast Compression - usually more effective then pumping
• Increase Breastmilk Supply – 10 Simple Tips To Increase Your Supply
• Is you milk supply truly low?
• Hypoplasia and Breastfeeding – Insufficient Glandular Breast Tissue
• Not Enough Milk? Concerned About Your Milk Supply?
Usually going over all these helps a lot if not end your supply woes. If not, and you still can't consult a lactation expert (as mentioned above) there are other known ways such as Herbal Galactagogues (including Placenta Encapsulation, which is better explained in my
Research & Articles and my Placenta Encapsulation & other services blog post ), Beer (*gasp*), and some prescription medications (which may be illegal in some areas and require consulting with your Medical Provider).
Before trying any of these I highly encourage you to see either an IBCLC and/or lactation consultant and see what may be the cause of your possible low milk supply.
• Herbal Galactagogues
• Using Galactagogues in Initiating or Augmenting Maternal Milk Supply (Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine)
• Can Certain Foods Increase My Milk Supply?
• Are Galactagogues Worth It?
• Making More Milk With Milk Thistle
• Oatmeal for increasing milk supply
• Fenugreek Seed for Increasing Milk Supply
• Lactation Cookies – Very Effective Lactation Cookies Recipe
• Herbs to avoid while breastfeeding
There is a lot of debate on beer increasing your supply. The only things I know for sure are that beer has some ingredients which are known Galactagogues, and studies have shown that alcohol can decrease letdown by around 23%. However I have heard from some moms that when they drank one bottle it drastically increased their supply and that the darker the lager, the better. So take what you will from the following articles. And of course, if seek help from either your Medical Provider and/or Lactation Specialist if possible.
And hey, at least a non-alcoholic beer may be worth a try, no?
There are several prescription drugs that have been used to increase milk supply, and not all are readily available or legal in certain areas. They also obviously require a prescription so once again I highly suggest consulting with your Medical Provider and/or IBCLC (or other local lactation professional).
• Prescription drugs used for increasing milk supply
• Domperidone (Motillium™)
• Information on Domperidone
• More information on Domperidone
• Domperidone Effective But Unavailable
• METOCLOPRAMIDE (Reglan)
• Metoclopramide use while Breastfeeding
local resources section of my website. If you're not local and can't find help or local resources I truly hope these articles, links, and information can help.
Namaste & Blessed Be! <3