Establishing a Good Milk Supply

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What helps me make a good milk supply and make breastfeeding successful?

  • Frequent breastfeeding or pumping to keep your breasts soft and empty helps build and maintain a good milk supply.
  • Nurse baby or pump every 1-3 hours. At least 8-12 times or more each 24 hours for the first few weeks after birth, both day and night.
  • Milk left in the breast more than 3-4 hours slows your milk production & decreases your supply.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fiber, and rest often day and night to help give you energy to nurse and care for your baby.

Please call Allen Hospital's Lactation Consultant with questions at (319) 235-3620.