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December 23, 2015
You may fear that your breast milk production is not keeping up with your baby’s feeding demands. A lot of mothers share this concern; however, it’s important to determine if in fact there is an issue. Many mothers who think they have a low milk supply actually do not. If your baby is gaining weight within normal parameters then you do not have a problem with low milk supply.
In other cases, low breast milk supply is a real problem. Common causes of low milk supply include the following: waiting too long to start breastfeeding, not breastfeeding often enough, supplementing breastfeeding, an ineffective latch and use of certain medications. A good way to increase milk production is to simply nurse more often. Your body responds to nursing frequency, and will increase more milk as the milk supply is depleted.
Several foods are known to increase breast milk supply. Food items such as oats, veggies, and barley are among the most beneficial. Breastfeeding burns a few hundred extra calories daily, so keep in mind you may need to eat more to produce a sufficient milk supply. Chances are, if you are dropping a lot of weight due to breastfeeding, you are not consuming enough calories.
Another means of producing more breast milk or establishing a milk supply is called “power pumping”. Power pumping is where you pump your breast for an hour at a time (ten minutes in and ten minutes off). This mimics a growing baby, and signals your body to make more milk. More information on power pumping can be found here. If you’re going to power pump, you may want to look into utilizing a bustier (found here for a great price), or using a hands-free accessory set (as featured with the Medela Freestyle pump). Power pumping can be a little exhausting without a hands-free set or bustier, but is highly effective.
If you are considering power pumping, you may be able to get a breast pump at little to no cost through your health insurance company. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you quickly and easily find out if your insurance covers a pump by simply completing our Qualify Through Insurance Form. One of our knowledgeable breast pump specialists will work directly with your insurance company to confirm your breast pump coverage.
After completing the form, you will be contacted within 3-5 business days to discuss your coverage details and all of your breast pump options. Once you choose which breast pump you would like to order, Aeroflow Breastpumps will ship it to your home free of charge!
Information provided in blogs should not be used as a substitute for medical care or consultation.