How To Increase Milk Supply – Fast! 9 Best Things You Can Do

How To Increase Milk Supply - Fast! 9 Best Things You Can Do

Many breastfeeding women want to know how to increase milk supply at some point during their breastfeeding journey.

For the vast majority of women, there is absolutely nothing wrong with their breasts or their ability to produce enough milk.

It doesn’t matter if you have big or small breasts, they are designed to make milk.

Two major underlying causes of breastmilk supply problems is poor latch or scheduled feeding.

The good news is these problems can be easily rectified.

How To Increase Milk Supply – A Key Factor

Something every breastfeeding woman and her partner needs to know is that breastmilk supply responds to demand.

So if you’re wondering how to increase milk supply, know that the more your baby feeds, the more milk your breasts will be signalled to make. Babies thrive when they are able feed when they ask for it – just like you feel better when you eat and drink when you need it.

You will not — I repeat — you will not create a dependent, clingy child by responding to his or her needs. You will help to create a secure, independent child because he knows his most basic needs will be met.

If you suspect you may have issues with your baby’s latch, or even if you’re not sure, seek the advice of an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). They can observe and diagnose a breastfeeding issue problem very quickly. Then you’ll be back on the path of a successful breastfeeding journey. Even if nothing is wrong, you’ll have that reassurance that everything is fine.

Many new mothers get frustrated and confused receiving conflicting breastfeeding information in hospital after they have their baby. Often those who help them do not have a great deal of lactation training, and may not be breastfeeders themselves.

Of course, a small percent of women will have medical problems causing milk supply issues, for example hypoplasia (insufficient glandular tissue) resulting in supply issues, but this is in the minority. Again, seeing an IBCLC will help you to get this diagnosed.

How To Increase Milk Supply – 9 Tips

Here are my 9 best tips for increasing your breastmilk supply, which help both mother and baby to be happy and healthy during your breastfeeding relationship:

Milk Supply Tip #1: Ditch Any Feeding Routines

Feed your baby when he or she appears to want the breast. You can also prevent an upset, crying baby if you pick up early hunger signals – crying is a late hunger signal.

Offering the breast even when you’re not sure what your baby wants does no harm.

Remember, the more your baby feeds, the more your breasts will supply. When in doubt, get your boobs out!

Milk Supply Tip #2: Check Your Latch

Your baby doesn’t nipple feed, he breastfeeds. Make sure he has a wide open mouth and the nipple is going towards the back of his mouth. You can watch some helpful instructional video clips at

Hire a lactation consultant, ideally an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant – the gold standard in lactation care) to check your latch if you’re not sure.

A lactation consultant can diagnose any issues and give you valuable peace of mind. Please try see one before you self-diagnose with low supply or start using formula. GPs are not trained in such lactation care and often may not be able to give you the help you need.

Milk Supply Tip #3: Avoid Dummies/Pacifiers, Nipple Shields And Bottles Unless Absolutely Necessary

The less your baby is on your breast, the less your nipples are being stimulated, so the less milk you will make.

Check with a lactation consultant before you decide to get a nipple shield – your sore nipples could be due to a poor latch, so correcting the problem first is important.

Milk Supply Tip #4: Trust Your Baby, Not The Clock!

Of course your baby knows what he needs, his brain is wired for survival.

The clock is wired for… well, the time.

If your baby is taking a while to feed, let him! I’ve never seen a cow in the paddock with a watch on – we are the only species that considers the time when feeding our young.

Milk Supply Tip #5: Ditch Or Avoid Formula Top-Up Feeds

Because the less you breastfeed your baby, the less milk your breasts will make. The more formula you give your baby, the less milk you’ll make. Worse yet, if you head down the path of offering formula, your baby may wean and start to refuse the breast. Unfortunately, this a common and unintended problem.

Milk Supply Tip #6: Make Sure You’re Eating A Healthy, Balanced, Diet

Make sure you’re eating enough nutritious food to produce sufficient breastmilk. Going on a diet is not recommended, unless it’s specifically breastfeeding friendly.

Breastfeeding mothers need more calories than a non-breastfeeding woman, but they should be nutritious calories, not empty calories which can be found in processed foods, sugars and wheat/grain products.

Make sure you’re getting plenty of protein (which keeps you full and your blood sugar levels stable), good fats (butter, avocado, chia seeds, eggs, wild caught salmon), fresh veggies in a range of colours, nuts and seeds.

Eggs are a very nutritious food containing protein and good fats. Three or four eggs cooked in butter can make for a very filling and delicious breakfast!

Milk Supply Tip #7: Be Available To Your Baby 24×7, If Possible

Babies thrive having 24×7 access to their mothers. Being able to breastfeed (from your breasts not a bottle) anytime is optimal for your baby and breastmilk supply.

Plan lots of skin to skin time to help with the production of oxytocin, which is involved with milk production. Skin to skin time also encourages your baby to latch more often.

Milk Supply Tip #8: Make Sure You’re Drinking Plenty Of Water

Breastfeeding makes for thirsty work, and your body will suffer if you’re not drinking plenty of water – to the tune of constipation, haemorrhoids and nasty anal fissures. Especially in the early days, upping your water intake may save you a great deal of discomfort and pain.

Taking quality electrolytes, like Endura (in Australia), can be a great help. Avoid commercial sports drinks – they’re usually lolly waters, full of sugar.

When you don’t drink enough water, your energy, concentration and focus also suffers.

Milk Supply Tip #9: Get Help Sooner Rather Than Later

My best advice to you as a new mother would be to make sure you reach out for help as soon as you can. Don’t struggle in silence or give up on yourself.

Breastfeeding troubles can quickly spiral out of control and result in a dash to the supermarket for some formula, when in many cases, it’s not needed at all. Just some good old fashioned advice and support.

No matter if you call a breastfeeding helpline, source a lactation consultant or purchase some good breastfeeding books as a precaution (see the list in the article below), know that help is available and make yourself familiar with them in case the need arises.

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What helped you to increase your milk supply? Share your comments below!

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Kelly Winder is the creator of, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


    1. True. I had an emergency c-section with a post partum blood loss of 2lt which delayed my production a bit. I am on pain killers, was taking stool softeners and antibiotics. With those drugs, not so much on supply, but yep, antibiotics messed with bub’s wet nappy production and the stool softeners upset his tummy. They don’t tell you that when you leave the hospital!

      1. I had painkillers stoolsofteners and a c section but no problems with production I had 2 pump some off for her 2 latch only thing was she was gassy and spit up some but that may have been me holding her wrong cause we r pretty good so far I am just trying 2 figure out how 2 up my supply for the freezer

    2. Two big issues in milk coming in (never mind low supply) that I have gone/ am going through are retained placenta (even a little fragment not removed from your womb after birth can make your body act like it’s still pregnant) and low iron (think- did I have significant blood loss during the birth?).
      I wasn’t even aware of the impact of these things before going through them myself, and here I am, 4 weeks post partum with zero milk supply. I still latch my baby on regularly (on demand!) and express tiny amounts of colostrum, but still low iron and no milk yet.
      I just wanted people to know what I’ve learned, so that others can identify and deal with these medical problems if they face them too.

  1. I have an two month old baby from day one I didn’t have enough milk so am giving formula milk with my breast milk…but I like to give only my milk…wen I express milk am getting only one onces. My baby cry and want more milk so I offer her formula.Please help

    1. Try fenugreek among some other milk-stimulating herbs. Drink plenty of water. Eating oatmeal also helps milk production. If you are having trouble getting your calories in, (because you must eat about 300-500 more calories per day) make yourself a fruit smoothie or an avocado milkshake (almond milk, avocado and banana) This plus the herbs should help

  2. Also, make sure you get rest, sleep and do not stress. This hurts your milk production if you don’t get proper rest. (Remember: rest and sleep are different)

  3. This is all great advice and I wish I would have learned it while I was pregnant. However, I feel like there is not enough advice out there for working moms. I work 45-60 hrs a week and struggle with my supply. So far I haven’t had to use formula ( thank God!). I don’t get the privilege of 24 hr skin to skin with my baby though. He HAS to have a bottle & I don’t get to pump as often as needed. I do everything else I can right though as far as eating healthily and drinking plenty of water.

  4. Hello ladies i went from no milk to full breasts in two weeks i ate oatmeal drunk mothers milk tea took fenugreek 3 caps three times a day and i also made my own lactation cookies guiness beer is disgusting but it seems to work too. At first my son wouldnt take the breast at all he is 16 lbs two months old but now he takes my breast like he always been breast feeding i love it its a lot of work but so worth it i still have to supplement but i know if i keep doing what im doing he will be exclusively breast feeding dont give up

  5. Hello ladies i decided to relactate i went from no milk to full breasts in two weeks i ate oatmeal drunk mothers milk tea took fenugreek 3 caps three times a day and i also made my own lactation cookies guiness beer is disgusting but it seems to work too. At first my son wouldnt take the breast at all he is 16 lbs two months old but now he takes my breast like he always been breast feeding i love it its a lot of work but so worth it i still have to supplement but i know if i keep doing what im doing he will be exclusively breast feeding dont give up

    1. Thank you for that! My DD is 6weeks old and I’m still leaking , she had a hard time latching at first and now she is doing it like a pro. So I was curious if there was a way to relactate. Most definitely going to buy me some fenugreek this weekend. Along with the lacatation cookies!

    2. Just curious is this is possible to do after 5 months? My baby is 20 lbs now and still nurses multiple times per day, plus a majority of milk from formula and has just started rice and oatmeal cereal once a day. I have never been able to produce much milk at all. I pump and will only get about one ounce in total from both breasts. He has no issue latching and loves breast feeding. I Just simply didn’t produce enough to sustain him. I also had a section after 3 days of labour. Pain killers and stool softeners for 10 days post surgery, this possibly affected my supply. Anyone had success this late after birth?

    3. Can you share your full routine to gain milk so quickly? I’m in the same boat, no milk and would like to gain it back. Thanks. 🙂

  6. I started off nursing from one breast WAY more than the other, mostly comfort reasons. It quickly became noticeable that my supply in the one was diminishing 🙁 it’s down to maybe 10ml now. Is there any hope to get back the supply? It’s frustrating for me and baby to nurse from that side so I want to know if it’s possible first.

    1. I had the same problem after having mastitis on one side my supply on that side dropped to 10 ml when I pumped and my baby kept getting frustrated and unlatching on that side. I met with a lactation consultant who had me do an exercise where I switch sides back and forth frequently when I feed to get the baby to eat the low supply side without getting frustrated. It did help. That side still makes less milk but she will nurse from it fine now and I can get 2oz when I pump that side.

  7. I have 2 month old baby. I had enough milk at first 3 weeks. Then I had breast abscess. Twice I had surgery. After that my milk supply became too low. Affected breast only have 10ml. And other breast have 30 ml. I was giving formula for my baby. She used to have it only 3oz a day. She did not like it. She wants breastmilk only. I too like to give her breast milk. But problem is low milk supply. I used lactare but it does not work for me. I really need help. I m too concerned for my baby.

  8. hi I have a concern my baby is 7 months old she left breast milk since from one month. I want to know in what way I can tempt her to have breast milk? pls sugeest.

  9. My 10 month old baby boy is term baby having low birth weight of 1.83 kg . now he is of 6 kg .. He previously doesn’t like to have mother milk . but now he want it.what to do to get back my milk flow .. Only 4 to 5 drops are coming.please help and reply soon.

  10. I just knew that how much big mistake i have done by using bottle and nippleshield . For 5 th month … Pkz tell me how can i improve my mistake

  11. Hi.i have a 1 month old baby and pure breastfeed, but she’s not gaining well.i have a lots of milk but this is the problem.i feed her 8-10 times a day.So what is the problem in my milk?pls advice me.thanks

  12. Milk supply is all supply and demand. the more you feed/pump the more you will make. so don’t be stressed about it…just keep feeding and even try to pump in btwn feedings. and if he doesn’t eat for you, then pump then too. make sure you drink healthy nursing tea. don’t worry, and don’t give up…it should pick back up.

  13. Dear BellyBelly team, I am a La Leche League Leader and IBCLC in South Africa. LLLSA has a closed Facebook group currently with more than 42 000 members. Some of our South African LLL Leaders work on the group daily to approve posts, answer questions, celebrate breastfeeding milestones with mothers and post trustworthy information to help mothers along their breastfeeding journey.

    Once or twice group mothers have posted articles from your website which we approved for the benefit of others. We have noticed that some of your articles have been authored by IBCLCs and most of the information in the breastfeeding articles we have encountered in this way seem to be really good and helpful. We are excited about this!

    Many of the mothers in our large group have concerns about making enough milk for their babies and we regularly share trusted info from a variety of sources with them addressing this topic. We have found that mothers are quick to prefer easy solutions by asking for things they might swallow/eat/drink and thereby increase their supply without any further effort or time with their babies. For this reason we don’t even allow recommendation of so-called super foods or substances such as lactation cookies or jungle juice, sulperide, ginger beer etc. In stead we keep sharing information on good breastfeeding practices and eating a variety of foods as close to their natural state as possible. We have often seen that sugar in lactation cookies or jungle juice lead to yeast overgrowth and thrush, so we share cautionary information if the topic presents itself.

    We would love to share your articles with information that very often seems excellent. Unfortunately, however, the otherwise great information on this page is useless to us because of the inclusion of the lactation cookie tip and recipe. If included, it should have been presented as a tongue in the cheek afterthought with caution against the high sugar content. We cannot share information that is unfounded even if some of these foods with a reputation of acting as galactogogues may sometimes be successful due to a placebo effect.

    I hope you will reply to my message as I understand that you would not want to approve it to show on your page for everyone to see.

    Warmest regards
    Tobie Muller

  14. I am drinking “Healthy nursing tea”. Honestly doesn’t taste the best but definitely helped build up a supply and is great for growth spurts to make sure I’m still producing enough for my little princess!

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