As a new mom with undersupply, I was desperate to make breastfeeding work. I hired lactation consultants, read everything I could about breastfeeding, and scoured the internet for ideas. I tried so many methods to increase my milk supply, and made myself miserable in the process.
I was so set on figuring it out that I even created my own lactation cookie recipe, including all of the foods I could find reputed to increase supply. I took herbal supplements and drank breastfeeding tea. I even ordered an expensive prescription from a compounding pharmacy. I wish I could tell you that they all worked perfectly and increasing your supply is as easy as taking a pill or eating a cookie.
Unfortunately, in my experience, most were a complete waste of time, money, and energy. Not only did these methods give me a false sense of hope, but they made me spend way too much time obsessing about what was, and was not, coming out of my breasts. I've since learned that, according to research and scientific evidence, nothing that you eat, drink, or take as an herbal supplement has been shown to have a real impact on breast milk supply. The prescription drugs that my lactation consultant recommended might work for some lactating women, depending on the reason behind their undersupply, but they're not a cure-all and can have some seriously dangerous side effects.
I am happy to report, however, that one method worked better than the rest. Read on to discover what actually worked to increase my supply, so you can save yourself some time and money on things that probably won't help you increase yours.