Breastmilk is the best food for a baby but breastfeeding exclusively isn’t always that easy.
In the beginning once your baby is born , most women like myself struggle to produce milk and buy the third day with consistent pumping your breast will get so engorged and painful. Now you have moved from no breast milk to excess breast milk.
But if you are breastfeeding exclusively there comes a point where you will notice that your milk supply is low hence that title how to increase your breastmilk supply without pumping.
Now these steps are things that I personally have seen work for me
- Drink lots of water: When I drink one bottle of water every hour, I have an increase in breastmilk but water alone don’t do it. Drinking water is very beneficial because breastmilk contains water and your baby is sucking it out of you. So you need to stay hydrated.
- Eating healthy high calories food: I noticed that when I ate low calorie food or junk food my milk supply was decreased . So I mixed it. I ate more rice, fufu and soup (African food), oatmeal, bread and peanut butter and milk ( baby’s doctor recommended just one glass a day).
- Sex: Believe me this works. Or should I say foreplay stimulates your body to produce milk. Especially when the boobs are fondled. ( I didn’t want to call them girls because it will sound really wired).
- Drinking dark chocolate: This was recommended to me by a nurse when I had my first born and was struggling to produce breast milk. I drink hot Hershey’s chocolate. When I need to boost my milk supply.
- Sugar cane with it’s juice: This was also a recommendation from the same nurse and it works. I got a can so sugar cane with juice from an Asian store and it gave a boost in milk supply.
The list goes on but these are the top things that I do when I notice decrease in milk supply.
But the best way to increase your supply is to let your baby latch on your breast. This is because when your baby sucks your breast there is a chemical reaction between your nipples and the baby’s silver that sends a message to your brain telling your brain that the baby is hungry and how much milk your needs.
Now if you are a first time mom you might wonder how do you know that there is a decrease in your milk supply. You know this when your breast feels flat and empty. when you have good milk supply it will look full and pecky.