Breastfeeding: 10 easy ways to increase your milk production

Two to five percent of nursing women suffer from primary insufficient milk, which is unrelated to breastfeeding technique.

You can help to increase your milk production:

  • Make sure your baby is properly positioned
  • Nurse more often
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat regular, nutritious meals
  • Cut back on stressful activities
  • Talking to your doctor about medications or herbs that might stimulate lactation.

To make breastfeeding easier:

  • Use a hospital-grade electric breastpump if you think your infant is not emptying your breasts
  • Surround yourself with friends and relatives who understand how often a breastfeeding baby needs to nurse
  • Nurse your infant on demand, every two or three hours, or as often as 12 times in a 24-hour period
  • Avoid using pacifiers until breastfeeding has been established
  • Join a support group, such as La Leche League.

Marianne Neifert, M.D., "The Breastfeeding Problem Nobody Talks About" Parenting, November 1998, pp.158-165

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