If you're looking to increase your milk supply — or simply maintain a healthy amount for your baby through all the ups and downs of newborn life — you might be curious about the role your diet has to play. Galactagogues are foods believed to increase milk supply, though their efficacy isn't scientifically proven. Beyond those special foods, you can also modify your diet for optimal milk production. With that in mind, here are eight breastfeeding diet hacks to increase milk supply, because nothing's more stressful than the suspicion that you're not producing enough to feed your baby.
Remember, however, that while diet plays a role, the best way to increase supply is by nursing as much as possible. "Nurse, nurse, and nurse again" advised WebMD, correctly pointing out that breast milk follows a law of supply-and-demand. Especially in the first few weeks you spend with you baby, your body is trying to gauge how much milk to make — so the more you nurse or pump, the more you'll produce.
When in doubt, reach out to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or your doctor for help. Another great resource is Happy Mama Milk Mentors, which offers free online chats with infant-feeding experts.