Ways to increase your milk supply.
By feeding often, your baby boosts your milk supply to meet their needs.
- Breastfeed often (every 1.5 – 2 hours)
- Latch your baby deeply on the breast
- Massage the firm areas of your breast while baby is feeding
- Hand express or pump any milk that remains after a feed
If you still feel that your supply is low, consult a public health nurse at your local health unit or other health care provider. They will discuss the use of medications to help increase your supply.
Reasons to use medication
- Low milk supply due to illness/separation of mom or baby
- Mothers who pump or hand-express each feed and are experiencing a decline in milk supply
- Re-establishing a milk supply after weaning
- Adoptive nursing
Domperidone is a prescription medication that may help. Talk with your family physician about whether you are a good candidate for domperidone.
Beer/hops have not been proven to be helpful. Alcohol can actually reduce milk supply.
Because of limited research and safety data, herbs are not routinely recommended to increase milk supply.