Nanny to Mommy: Tips to Keep Up Your Breastmilk Supply

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tips to Keep Up Your Breastmilk Supply

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.  
I am NOT a lactation consultant or a doctor, but I have nursed a baby with lip tie and had supply issues myself, so these are things that have helped me and I have learned along the way.
Tips to Keep Up Your Breastmilk Supply
This is my pumping face. No make up, crazy hair, & all. :)

How to keep your supply up when nursing a baby:

1. Stay hydrated. Drink LOTS of water at least half your weight in ounces. Watered down powerade is also great.

2. Eat Oatmeal & Flaxseed. I am LOVING Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits right now. They have whole grain oats and whole grain barley flakes. VERY helpful in milk production. They are yummy and I can tell a difference if I don't eat them. I also have a helpful breastfeeding cookie recipe you can find HERE.

3. Get lots of rest. I don't know, but it works. I'm not a lactation consultant or a doctor, but trust me on this. Your husband, kiddo, and body will thank you later.

4. Take a natural probiotic. I talked about the importance of natural probiotics while pregnant HERE. Can also help steer clear of mastitis. Again, I am NOT a lactation consultant or doctor. But I have done my own research, talked to my own doctor, and talked to my pediatrician. It really does help. I also found this article helpful.
5. Take Fenugreek. I found mine at GNC. This helped a TON when I was breastfeeding my daughter to make it to my one year milestone. Because once she had started eating solid first, my supply started dwindling even more. She would always refuse formula, so I knew making it to one year would be crucial for her.

6. Pump. You can get one through your insurance. Pump if you still feel full after a nursing session. If you are trying to build a freezer stash, then pump after every nursing session. Wake up to nurse. When my milk was starting to come in, I nursed Peanut when I felt a spontaneous let down as I call them. I have better luck pumping in the mornings after we first wake up. With breastfeeding there is a big supply and demand issue. So if your body doesn't see the demand, it won't make more. But if you 'trick' it into thinking there is supply issue, then your body will make more.
7. Eat Breastfeeding Super Foods. Hummus, Carrots, Salmon, Spinach, and many others are known to help with the production of breastmilk. You can find a longer list HERE.
8. Take Your Prenatals! You know to take one while you are pregnant, but to get the most out of your milk it's important to continue taking one when you are breastfeeding. Your body is designed to give baby the best nutrients so where do those nutrients come from if you aren't getting the right nutrition? That's right, from you. So to make sure you and baby BOTH stay healthy, keep taking those prenatals!
I was recently given the opportunity to review Baby's DHA with Vitamin D3 and Prenatal DHA from Nordic Naturals. I forgot at my Little Man's 2 month check up to ask if it would be okay for him to take Baby's DHA (you should always consult a physician before giving your baby any kind of supplement). But I did test out the Prenatal for myself.

Nordic Naturals Baby's DHA and Prenatal DHA Review and Giveaway
Description of Prenatal DHA:
- Smaller soft gels are easier to swallow (500 mg)
- Supports brain and visual function in developing babies*
- Provides mood and nerve support for mothers*
- Unflavored, for the sensitive palates of pregnant women

As the official omega-3 of the American Pregnancy Association, Prenatal DHA is the ideal supplement before, during, and after pregnancy, providing safe and effective omega-3 nutrition for both moms and babies. With 450 mg DHA per serving, Prenatal DHA generously fulfills international recommendations for daily DHA intake. Plus, they’ve added 400 I.U. of natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), for strong bones and mood support.*
Description of Baby's DHA:
- Great for babies 5–35 lbs
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- Measured dropper for easy addition to formula or food
- Supports healthy brain, eye, and nervous system function*

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  1. i would love to try Nordic out! I'm going to be a first time mom, and have been doing a lot of research--and this looks like a great product!

  2. Lactation cookies are my recommendation for helping with milk supply! Not only are they yummy, but the ingredients supposedly help with supply (brewer's yeast, oatmeal, etc.) I want to try out nordic naturals DHA products out because I'm currently pregnant and current vitamins make me a little nauseous.

  3. I'd love to try the Prenatal!

  4. What really helps me is visualizing my hungry baby and taking deep breaths while i pump. I want to win to give these to a pregnant family member. Im going to post your tips on my office's mother's room for all the pumping mama's. 9 months of pumping!! Sputering along but still going!!

  5. I as actually having a supply issue a couple of weeks ago. I found the Mother Love More Milk supplement helped me almost overnight. I also started using the pump EVERY TIME I nursed for a few days. Baby would nurse on one side and I pumped the other. Then I would pump even after baby was done. the first day I was only able to get a few little dribbles but it managed to kick-up production very quickly. I would love the baby DHA because I KNOW that I don't have a very good intake of the oils for myself so it definitely is not enough for little one. I would like to make sure that healthy habits start immediately so it is not so hard for her to learn later (like it has been for me).

  6. It is very important for newborns to always have an available supply of milk because they need to get the same nutrients that they are getting when they were still in the mothers stomach. Milk is their only source of nutrition and having them on the early stage of growing up is the most important for it is the time when their bodies are starting to form. It is common knowledge that milk helps strengthen the bones and for babies having strong bones means getting to walk and move around by themselves without falling down. A child that has strong bones has more potential of growing up as a healthy kid.

    Toni Simpson.


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