Breast Milk Supply: Q&A

ameda chart on how do my breasts make milk

Question: Can I help my breasts make milk?

Answer:Yes, there are four hormones that help your breasts make milk: estrogen, progesterone, prolactin and oxytocin. Your body naturally knows how to adjust the level of these hormones to help your breasts make milk, as seen in the drawing above. There are some things you can do to help your breasts make milk:

1. Breastfeed or pump within one hour of baby’s birth.

2. Breastfeed or pump 8-10 times every 24 hours, about every 3 hours.

3. Massage and gently squeeze your breasts before and during breastfeeding or pumping.

4. If pumping, hand express afterwards for a few minutes to help drain your breasts of milk.

For more information, check out this helpful PDF guide:

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