By Blake Eligh
If you’re nursing and worried about your milk supply, we’ve got great advice from the experts.
Lactation consultant Edith Kernerman, president of the International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto, says the best way to increase milk production is to empty the breast regularly to make room for more milk. This will happen naturally, Kernerman says, if the baby is latched properly and feeding efficiently.
If the baby is having trouble latching, mothers can also increase milk production in the meantime, by expressing milk. However, Kernerman says, pumping shouldn’t become a tiring or stressful experience or it defeats the purpose.
You can find more information in the clinic’s downloadable Protocol to Manage Breast Milk info sheet, or visit the International Breastfeeding Centre’s website for downloadable multilingual information sheets, video instruction and more.
And if you’re taking domperidone to increase your milk supply, check out our post about Health Canada’s advisory on the the drug.