Breastfeeding mamas all share at least one thing in common: wondering whether or not our nurslings are getting enough milk! It’s a common stressor because boobs don’t come with ounce markers the way bottles do – though we wish they did.
My milk supply was constantly fluctuating for a number of reasons. It would decrease because I didn’t drink enough water, or eat enough food, or I was stressed out. It would increase again when my baby was up all night nursing, only to decrease again a few days later when he started sleeping longer stretches at night. Our bodies are amazing at regulating food for our babies.
But sometimes, it seemed like my supply would decrease for no reason and I needed to call in some backup. I started researching and testing out some of the solutions I found and these are the top 2 ways I increased my milk supply within hours. Yes, you read that correct. Not not weeks, not days. Hours.
Of course, what worked for my body may not work for yours (and I’m not even close to being a doctor), but if you’re experiencing low milk supply, why not give these a try? What’ve you got to lose?
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1. Oatmeal with Flaxseed
Iron-deficiency is known to decrease milk supply. Oatmeal is a great source of iron to help boost your supply back up.
In many natural breastfeeding supplements and teas, you’ll find flaxseed as one of the ingredients. It’s been long-used to help mamas reach their breastfeeding goals.
Eating a bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with about a tablespoon of flaxseed for breakfast worked wonders for my milk supply. I’ve also tried Quaker Oats Super Grains Oatmeal which has flaxseed already mixed in and felt it had the same effect.
2. Blue Gatorade
It might seem odd and completely random, but this has actually seemed to help increase my milk supply. I got the idea while I, myself, was researching how to boost my supply. I found it on Yasmine Singh’s article on Romper. From her recommendations, I bought the blue variety. I have absolutely no idea why this fluorescent drink would help to increase milk supply, but I saw results the very first day I tried it.
If you are in the throes of a declining milk supply and concerned your baby isn’t getting enough of those super nutrients in that liquid gold, my hope is that these 2 solutions will ease your anxieties and help your body to make all that your precious little bundle needs.
Do you have any other helpful tips that helped increase your milk supply? Share in the comments below!