Breastfeeding Challenges - Low Milk Supply

Low Milk Supply Suggestions

  • Increase nursing/pumping q.1-3 hour, daytime feedings at least and once at night for at least 3-4 days and to 7 days if possible.
  • Pump after nursing 10 minutes of comfortable suction and rapid cycling (lanolin application prior maybe needed) this is to bluff the breast to make more milk. You may not get anything and that is okay
  • Mom nuzzle when you can (skin to skin), and do comfort suckling 
  • Mom use breast massage and consider hands on pumping -See website: newborns.stanford.edu/breastfeeding.  Key word: maximizing milk production (view video clip)
  • Continue to use her double pump at least 20 min. per pumping session when away from baby
  • Increase fluid intake (8 glasses of water), remember to have 4 servings of calicum daily while making milk
  • Increase caloric intake with lots of whole grains, (oatmeal, flax)
  • Pace your activities to conserve energy, ask for help with household tasks
  • R/o thyroid concerns, life style changes. stressors, medications, change in baby's feeding pattern, poor maternal caloric intake 

After the above is practiced and no sufficient change, please call the St. Luke's Lactation Consultant at (319) 369-8944 for further evaluation.

Use of herbs such as fenugreek, or blessed thistle, may be considered at that time with guidance and proper dosing.