Tips for low breast milk supply

Lactation Specialist Wendy Haldeman shares advice for nursing mothers's on the best ways to help increase your breastmilk supply when you are worried that it may be dropping
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Tips for low breast milk supply

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A common concern among mom's is that they are worried that their milk supply is dropping. If that is true the first thing that you want to find out is why is that happening? So that we can rectify it. Then once we have done that, we look at helping mom increase her supply. The first and foremost important thing is increasing breast stimulation. So if you have a good nursing baby, we want mom's to increase their times at breast as much as she can throughout day and night. If the baby is a so-so nursers we will have the moms again attempt to nurse as much as possible but we are going to follow it up with some pumping. So that the breast get some added stimulation. The next thing to help moms with is rest. It is really hard for new mom's. So if she can incorporate family and friends to help her with housework and cooking so that she can do more naps, lie down next to her baby, increase her nursing time it is helpful. Third of all is food all food is not nearly as important as we once thought. Although mothers need to be nourished with healthy food, but eating lots and lots and lots of food is not going to increase milk supply by itself. Lastly lots of people have read that water is really important to increase milk supply. Mothers need water but they should just drink for thirst instead if you over hydrate you can actually decrease milk supply, just drink for thirst.

Lactation Specialist Wendy Haldeman shares advice for nursing mothers's on the best ways to help increase your breastmilk supply when you are worried that it may be dropping

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Wendy Haldeman, RN, MN, IBCLC

Lactation Specialist

Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC is a co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury. She received both her nursing and lactation education at UCLA, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor. She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field. Wendy facilitates the New Mother Support groups, and teaches the prenatal Breastfeeding and Baby Care Classes at The Pump Station. She and her husband Tim are proud of their two grown daughters and their 15 month old granddaughter.

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