Hello Legendairy Mamas,
We have all heard the logic of Demand = Supply for Breastmilk production. However, It is important to note that there are many other factors that affect Milk Production, such as Flange sizing, pump setting & routine, can often be neglected by moms or not picked up as reason for their chronic low supply. Below (Image I) are common causes of Low supply which can be be easily corrected to Increase Breastmilk Supply & production.
How to Increase Milk supply (Steps)
1. Pumping every 2-3 Hourly with a good pump
2. Consuming sufficient calories
3. Water Intake of 3-4 Litres
4. Check your Flange size and pump parts
5. Work with an IBCLC on your breastfeeding techniques
If you have achieved all the methods above (Image 1), here are some additional methods to maximum milk output (Image 2). Examples include, Hand compression massage and toggling between expression mode and stimulation mode to encourage a second or third let down.
If you are experiencing a sudden dip in your supply, it could be a change in your routine, certain foods you have consumed, or the return of the much dreaded Menstrual Period! A common method used to Increase breastmilk supply during a dip is Power Pumping!
We have an awesome routine you can follow once or twice a day.
There goes mamas, milk supply can be worked on over a period of time. Its not easy, but good news is it can be corrected and improved if you put in the right effort and method!