Working moms who are separated from their babies during the day usually have to pump in order to keep breastfeeding (unless they can just walk home to feed the baby). There may be some other reasons, like poor latch or nursing strike (which is what happened to me), for which you are mostly pumping. If this is the case and you noticed a decrease in your breast milk supply, below are a few hints that worked for me.
1. Drink a lot of water.
This is the first and simplest thing to do to increase milk supply. You won’t be able to achieve it without water or fluids.
2. If possible, try to pump always at the same time.
If you are pumping 2 or 3 times at work, try doing it at the same times e.g. 11am and 2pm every single day. Delaying or missing a pumping session usually results in a decreased supply on that day and the following day as well as your body seems to think it doesn’t need to make milk as often anymore.
3. Use the maximum pump power.
This trick will speed up the pumping session and you may be able to get more.
4. Pump for a longer time.
If normally you pump for half an hour, extend to 40 minutes and you may be able to get more.
5. Pump more in the morning.
Somehow there is always more milk in the morning so if you can, pump more often or longer in the morning.
6. Try a lactation supplement with fenugreek.
Fenugreek is known to help increase milk supply. According to some sources, if it’s going to help, you should see an increase within 48 hours. Take it 3 times a day. It worked for me but it doesn’t work for everyone.
7. Try herbal tea for lactating mothers
There are a lot of brands of herbal tea and I like them all (I use Mother’s Milk most often). They taste good and are very relaxing. I often have the tea while I’m pumping.
8. Relax as much as possible.
It definitely works! If I’m relaxed and happy, I can sometimes double the quantity and definitely get it faster. But this one is difficult, especially if you are pumping at work in between the meetings and are in a hurry. But I read that it’s good to have the same routine while you pump to help decompress and relax. I usually have my tea and some chocolate:)