milk Production: Do You Want to Increases Yours?
Are you struggling to produce enough milk for your baby? Are you going back to work and don't have enough milk stored up so you can relax and not stress out? Many mothers find themselves in these situations. There is a lot of information circulating the web about breastfeeding and milk supply, but which sources can you trust? The field of lactation is ever changing as more researchers take an indepth look at how breasts work and what drives milk production.
For years we have relied on herbal galactogoques as a simple way of increasing milk supply. It works for some, but not for all. Domperidone is a medication used for gastric reflux that as a side effect raises the level of prolactin thus increasing milk production for some women. But quess what works incredibly well: Hand expression.
Yes, good old simple hand expression-removing milk from the breasts mannually with just your hands, not a pump. Removing milk this way uses positive pressure instead of negative pressure like a pump. I have seen a mother's milk supply go from drops in one breast to producing 8 ounces a day from that same breast. That is a huge return on investment! Dr. Tina Smillie has also seen significant increases in milk supply through hand expression.
Moral of the story? If you want to increase your milk supply, hand express as frequently as you can and watch the results.
Learn how to hand express.