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Breast Milk Supply COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 I've had more questions than usual from families about their milk supply.

This post will cover...

  • How Breast Milk Making Works

  • How Much Do You Need

  • Things To Try

  • COVID-19 & Breastfeeding

  • Milk Sharing

  • Support Options

  • Formula Prep

  • Medications & Mothers Milk


How Breast Milk Making Works:

(Truth bomb - its not by drinking blue gatorade, drinking waterfalls of water or eating dozens of lactation cookies)

Things to Try

Hand Expression works for all kinds of reasons including when you don't have a pump and/or to stimulate and express more milk

Have you tried power pumping? It mimics a cluster feeding (baby nurses off/on and all that breast stimulation and milk removal drives milk supply up!). Pump for 20, rest for 10, pump for 10, rest for 10, pump for 10 or any variation of this works. Pick a time of day, put on a tv show and start pumping! No quick fixes, try it for a few days and expect gradual increases in milk output.

Maybe you didn't think breastfeeding or pumping was for you or you did for a bit but stopped and are now thinking about it? It's called relactation You can recreate the birth (lots of skin to skin, warm water) and work through these tips a great video

Stressing doesn't help milk production. Me telling you to not stress doesn't help either.

Talk it out, write it down, let it go, breathe. You're doing your best - you are, keep going.

Breastfeeding Meditation

(I have nothing to disclose but client's have found the resources helpful).

Need to talk?

Postpartum Support International

(general support, warm line, see below for emergency info) PSI Helpline: 1-800-944-4773 #1 En Espanol or #2 English OR TEXT: 503-894-9453 ******* More serious? 1-800-273-8255 Crisis text line - text TALK to 741741 or call 911

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding:

What about Milk Sharing?

There are many IBCLC's, support groups etc available to help you!

I offer Virtual Lactation Consults to anyone in the USA -

Don't forget to search for your local IBCLC, La Leche League, Breastfeeding USA and WIC.

Formula Preparation

Don't forget to use Paced Bottle Feeding when using formula or expressed breast milk!

Medications and Mothers Milk

Are you expecting or know someone who is?

Need one on one help? I offer Virtual Lactation Consults to anyone in the USA.

Likely HSA/FSA eligible, call your insurance!

Be well and we will get through this!

Melanie Myers, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


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