Five Remedies for Boosting Milk Production

Five Remedies for Boosting Milk Production

Are you a new mum feeling like your baby’s personal milk bar is running a bit dry? First of all, hats off to you for embracing the rollercoaster that is motherhood! And second, you’re not alone. Many mums, both first-timers and seasoned pros, sometimes find they’re not producing enough milk for their little one. But fear not, there are remedies galore to give your milk production a much-needed boost!

1. Latch On and Keep It Going: One of the most natural remedies is to encourage your baby to latch on as often as possible. The more your baby feeds, the more your body gets the memo to produce more milk. Think of it as placing a bulk order at your favourite chippy. The more fish and chips you order, the more the kitchen has to keep frying!

2. Fenugreek Seeds: This might sound like something out of a witch’s brew, but it’s a trusted remedy many mums swear by. Fenugreek seeds have been known to help boost milk production. How, you ask? You can either have them as a tea or take them in capsule form. Remember, though, before starting any natural supplement, have a natter with your GP or a lactation consultant.

3. Stay Hydrated: Picture this – your body is a fancy tea kettle, and water is the crucial ingredient to keep the steam going. Drinking lots of water ensures your body has what it needs to produce milk. Aim to have a water bottle nearby, especially during those 2 AM feeds. Trust us, your body (and your baby) will thank you!

4. Oats and Barley: Now, who wouldn’t love an excuse to gobble up more porridge or those delectable oat biscuits? Both oats and barley contain beta-glucan, a polysaccharide that has been shown to increase prolactin, the breastfeeding hormone. So, the next time you’re feeling peckish, grab a bowl of porridge and remind yourself it’s all for a good cause!

5. Relax and Unwind: Yes, we hear you, “Relax? With a baby?!” But stress can be a major party pooper when it comes to milk production. Even if it’s just a few minutes of deep breathing, a short walk, or a quick pamper session in the bath, find what makes you feel calm and collected. Your milk supply might just surprise you afterwards!

There you have it, five remedies to get your milk flow going like the Thames on a rainy day! And remember, every mum’s journey is unique. It’s perfectly fine to seek help or switch to formula if needed. No judgment here, just a community of mums cheering each other on. 

As you embrace the joys of motherhood and the occasional splash of milk, always remember: Motherhood is a journey of endless refills, both of love and, well, milk! Cheers to you and your little milk monster!