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How to increase breast milk supply
  • Massage breasts while pumping: Massage your breasts while pumping. Wearing a pumping bra allows you to do that easily while pumping.
  • Pump frequently: Pumping regularly helps to stimulate greater milk production.
  • Consult lactation expert: If you normally have a low milk production, then breast pumps can’t increase milk much. Some mothers produce low milk and may need to consult lactation specialist to help increase milk production. Taking milk thistle, fenugreek supplements can help with milk supply.
  • Alternate between stimulation and expression: Alternate between stimulation and expression mode.
  • Stop and start pumping at end of pumping session: Even if you feel that the milk has stopped flowing, take a short break and start pumping again. Usually small milk will be extracted.
  • Seal the breast shield tightly against breasts: The breast shield should be properly sealed to the breasts, if bra is loose you might need to tighten it and ensure the breast shield properly sealed to the breasts. You can also tighten using a pin if needed.
  • Drink water: Drink lot of water, about 2-3 liters a day. Drink water while pumping if possible, to help boost milk supply.
  • Have electrolytes: Electrolytes can help to boost/maintain milk supply.
  • Oatmeal: Oatmeal helps to boost milk supply as well.
  • Fenugreek seeds: Take supplements like fenugreek after speaking to your doctor.
  • Take care of duckbill valve: Ensure that parts like duckbill valve are taken full care of since wear and tear of the valve will reduce suction.
  • Breasts light and soft: At the end of the session, your breasts should feel soft and light.