1. Nurse frequently
Nursing often, regardless of how much milk you’re producing, will help tell your body to make more. Switch sides during each feeding session as well. This will help keep your little one awake and encourage him to eat more. Feeding on both sides also helps even out your milk supply.
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2. Get skin-to-skin contact with your baby
Spend a day (or two, or three, if you can) in bed with your little one and get as much skin-to-skin contact as possible. Putting your baby against your chest will cause your body to release hormones that kick off milk production. Sometimes, a little “nursing vacation” is necessary to jumpstart your milk making machine.
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3. Drink plenty of water
Being dehydrated is one of the first mistakes new moms make, and it contributes to problems with your milk supply. Your body needs additional water to help produce milk, so make sure you’re drinking more than the recommended minimum. If it’s hot or you’re very active, consume a little extra water (and perhaps some electrolytes) to make sure you’re properly hydrated.
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4. Eat your oats
Oats have long been said to improve breast milk production. They are also nutritious and easy to digest, so they’re essentially a perfect food for new mothers. Start your day with a dish of overnight oats, or snack on oatmeal cookies when hunger strikes throughout the day.
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5. Avoid mint
Peppermint and wintergreen can decrease milk supply. If you’re addicted to peppermint patties or starlight mints, you might want to find another treat to indulge in while you’re trying to stabilize your milk supply.
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