These are what I do to ensure I have a good supply. J
1. Be Positive that I can have a good supply. That also means to take stress positively.
2. Drink lots of water and fluids.
3. Eat Well. Never go on a diet. Remember what you eat goes to baby.
4. Feed Baby on Demand & Frequently. Breastmilk is digested quickly (usually in 1.5-2 hours) hence it's considered normal to be breastfeeding round the clock. Baby will grow up in no time and will not be nursing that frequently anymore. Continuous contact with mummy will also help a baby feel secure.
5. Get sufficient rest. Sleep when baby sleeps.
6. Empty my breasts. Empty Breasts = More Milk. Though I dont’t encourage moms to pump too early. For working moms, 4 weeks to 5 weeks will be a good time to starts. Pumping helps to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to increase frequency of breast emptying. Sometimes you can get another let down when you think you are done with pumping so do hold on for another 2 – 5 minutes. Even a short 5 min pumping session helps. I will also pump on weekends so I won’t have a problem on Monday and baby can drink the weekend’s ebm (fresher than Fri’s) when I go back to work.
7. Invest in a Good double breastpump (esp for working moms) saves time and more effective
8. Take it Positively when baby has a growth spurt. Normally around 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months. Just keep nursing and pumping (for working moms) and during that period and you can be sure you can keep up with baby’s demands.
9. Co-Sleep with Baby. Night nursing is a good time to build that supply you need too.
10. Use a sling. Ensures I can breastfeed anywhere with baby and be hands free to do my chores and shopping.
Personally, I am not an advocate of galactagogues like fenugreek, blessed thistle, etc. They mainly help mothers to increase the foremilk rather than a balance of both foremilk and hindmilk.
Possible side effects are loose stools and possible skin reactions. Though it’s a herb, I would encourage you to use with caution and moderation.
You may like to try oatmeal too. J