My Bump to Bundle: Five Tips for Increasing Milk Volume
By Antonia Roots, owner of My Bump to Bundle
Hi Momma! August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. As a lactation counselor and owner of My Bump to Bundle, the most frequently asked question I receive from new mothers is how to increase milk volume. Here are my five tips to help:
- Breastfeeding at least 10 times per 24-hour period is important, especially with a newborn. Hand expression before and after nursing helps to increase milk volume and can get an additional 30 percent more breast milk expressed when using the pump. Visit the My Bump to Bundle website to download free guides.
- While nursing, hold your bundle's hand and rub in a downward motion from your collarbone to areola. Doing this can increase the oxytocin hormone response to trigger more letdown.
- Drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. The best way to do this is by drinking a glass of water after every time you nurse.
- Rest and decreasing stress is important for supply (Mom Calm blend).
- What you eat can also influence your breast milk volume. Oats and good fats, such as fish and avocados, assist with increasing production. Using the Breasts Be Well essential oil blend has helped mothers see great results.
Increasing breastfeeding awareness and success is very important, especially in San Bernardino County. The Black Breastfeeding Awareness event is Aug. 29. For more information, contact Family Health Services, Black Infant Health at (909) 383-3045.
Antonia Roots is an exercise physiologist, lactation counselor, momma of two and owner of My Bump to Bundle. The mission of My Bump to Bundle is to provide services and products to assist women with the real challenges of early motherhood. My Bump to Bundle offers Momma Body Wellness through fitness coaching and exercises recommended for pregnancy (bump fitness) and postpartum (bundle-wearing fitness), breastfeeding education and counseling, and essential oil blends hand-blended and insured.