How to Produce More Milk
When a mother breastfeeds, it can be beneficial to produce as much milk in one sitting as is comfortably possible. Producing a sufficient amount of milk at once can save the mother a significant amount of time, as she can accumulate the milk for later use.
Lactation actually begins during a woman’s pregnancy, as early as the second trimester.1 During a mother’s pregnancy, lactation is driven by hormones controlled through the endocrine system. Additionally, lactogenesis also begins during this trimester, which is the initial internal production of colostrum. Colostrum is mammary secretion, and it has high levels of protein, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and antibodies called immunoglobulins.2
After the baby is born, progesterone and estrogen levels decrease significantly and promote the first secretion of colostrum.1 Furthermore, prolactin, a luteotropic hormone, advances milk synthesis. The next stage of lactogenesis begins about two days after giving birth, but a mother’s breasts usually doesn’t feel full of milk until two to three days postpartum. A few days after giving birth, milk synthesis is no longer dependent on hormones. Instead, autocrine control takes place, and milk synthesis is predominantly controlled by the baby and the baby’s need for milk.
To produce more breastmilk, a mother must focus on her daily diet, as certain types of food can increase breastmilk production. A few foods that help increase lactation include water, oatmeal, cookies, carrots, nuts, sesame seeds, and ginger.3
Fox News suggests a few ways to increase breast milk when a mother is in low supply.4 This includes breastfeeding as often as the baby wants to, pumping as often as possible, avoiding the pacifier and bottle, coping with stress, and requesting herbal remedies and prescription medications.