A lactation consultant is a certified health professional who focuses on breastfeeding issues. They can help parents and babies get enough milk, soothe sore nipples, and find the right breastfeeding position.
Lactation specialists can help women deal with full breasts and comfortably decrease their milk supply. They can also answer questions and give advice about bottle feeding, like which bottles or nipples are best for your baby’s needs.
Massage your breasts and use a pump or your hands to get the milk out.
Stimulating the breast can help make important sites for milk receptors and increase the amount of milk you make. It’s important to give your breasts a lot of attention and massage them often, even if only a little milk comes out.
In the beginning, you should breastfeed, pump, or hand-express every 2 to 3 hours.
Remember that the amount of milk you get depends on how much demand there is for it.
Try to get milk out of your breasts as often as possible, so your body knows it needs to make more for your baby.
Drink more water.
Breast milk is mostly water, so if you drink more water, you might be able to increase the amount of breast milk you make. Many women make more milk after a good night’s sleep. This is because sleep allows their bodies to relax and get the hormones that make milk flow.
Before expressing milk, use a heating pad or take a warm shower.
Heat and massage are great ways to get your breast to make more milk.
Use a hospital-grade pump.
These pumps have more suction, which can make a big difference in how much milk you can get from your breasts and how much your breasts feel stimulated. This can make a big difference in the amount of breast milk you can make in the future.