Breastfeeding works on a supply and demand chain. When a breast is full, milk production slows, and when it’s empty, it speeds up. There are a number of things you can try that might help increase breast milk production:
- Draining the milk every three to four hours, either by breastfeeding or pumping.
- Switching baby from one breast to the other while breastfeeding so they don't fall asleep.
- Applying massage, steady pressure, compression or heat to the breast during a feed.
- Pumping and storing milk for later if your baby isn't latching or draining properly.
- Galactagogues - something claimed to improve milk production e.g. certain herbs, foods or medications.
- Taking time to relax and restore.
- Drinking lots of water and eating regular meals between feeds.