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Maternal and Infant Health Program
P.O. Box 142001
Salt Lake City UT
and Maintaining Your Milk Supply
order to maintain a good milk supply, your breasts must
be emptied regularly and completely. When breasts are left
full, they send a signal to your body to decrease milk production.
The more milk you remove from your breasts, the more you
will make. The following hints should help stimulate your
milk supply and condition your let-down reflex so you can
provide the maximum amount of milk for your baby.
production and release are affected by:
your physical condition
your pumping routines
a hospital grade electric breast pump.
8 to 10 times a day for 15 minutes per breast each time.
You may want to keep a log to record the time you pump,
the amount of milk you express, and what you did (warm
compresses, massage, etc.)
It is best to use a double pump kit. This will greatly
increase the hormone levels that tell your body to make
a nap, or rest, two times a day.
three meals and two snacks a day. Drink fluids liberally.
Pour yourself an 8 to 12 ounce glass of water or juice
each time you sit down to pump.
a very warm, moist compress to your breasts for 5 minutes
(a small bath towel soaked in hot water works well).
You may also immerse your breasts in a sink full of
warm water or shower before pumping.
to relax before and during pumping. Things to help you
Get a backrub before or during pumping
Take a warm bath or shower before pumping
Listen to relaxing music or a favorite TV show
Use pillows for comfort
Sip on a favorite drink
Gentle massage can help initiate milk flow. Start from
the outer edges of the breast and massage with circular
motion about the size of a quarter. Gradually progress
toward the nipple. Stimulate your nipple directly, either
by rubbing with the heel of your hand, or by gently
squeezing or rolling your nipple between your thumb
that you are nursing your baby.
If your milk slows after pumping for 5 to 7 minutes, stop
and apply warm compresses for 5 minutes.
Do breast massage again and then pump for another 7 minutes.
with permission from Mary Erickson, Lactation Educator at
University of Utah Hospital)