Tips for how I increased my milk supply in less than a week
I’m not one to give up on a goal. This is something many people know about me. No matter what it is, I’m very determined to fulfill what I set out to do. With my second child, I wanted to accomplish the same as I did with Jude. I wanted to continue our breastfeeding journey for (at least) one year. However, once Hattie turned 8 months and was doing very well with BLW (baby led weaning, for those who don’t know) I realized my pumping output was low, as was the stash I had built up in my freezer. If I didn’t do something to increase my milk supply quickly, I wasn’t going to make it to my year goal of exclusively breastfeeding without a drop of formula.
Formula is a great choice for some moms. I’m not knocking formula here. But the right choice for MY family is breastmilk. It’s a little disheartening when someone learns you’re low on their supply and their immediate response is “Looks like you may have to start using formula” or “you can always supplement”. I know that they feel they are being helpful, but how I feed my child is MY choice. Just like how you feed yours is YOUR choice. My choice will always be breastmilk so long as I can supply it. I knew that if I wanted to keep it up I was going to need to get serious about boosting my milk supply pronto.
A week after this realization, I’m happy to say that my efforts DID work. I’ve successfully boosted my milk supply at 8 1/2 months postpartum and I’m excited to share what worked for me. All women are different, so there are no guarantee that this will work for you – but I hope some of this is helpful. I know that it may be temporary and I might have to do these steps again, but I’m thankful I now know what works for me. Increasing your milk supply this late in the game is typically more challenging than in the beginning. But if you put in the work, you will be happy you did!
If you’re looking for additional ways to boost your supply, here are a few more tips if the above just don’t cut it:
After using these methods, I’m happy to say my pumping output has almost doubled while at work, and I’ve started building my stash back up through the extra pumps at night and while baby girl nurses. I will continue to use these tricks to help us get through the first year of breastfeeding, and I hope to continue our breastfeeding journey until we are both ready to stop.
Remember, only you and your partner can decide what’s best for you and your family when it comes to feeding your baby. Don’t let others persuade you to make a choice you don’t agree with. I hope these tips for how I increased my milk supply in less than a week can help even just one person reach their breastfeeding goals. You got this, mama!
And if you need support along the way, you are always welcome to message me. I’m happy to lend an ear or give suggestions. It’s always best to also talk to a lactation consultant if you’re really struggling, too.