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Home Remedies to Increase Breast Milk

By Hillary Marshall ; Updated June 13, 2017

It is not uncommon for a woman to question whether or not she is producing an adequate amount of milk to nourish her newborn. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some mothers stop nursing altogether in the first few days or weeks because they are concerned about their milk supply. The frequency with which your baby nurses determines the amount of milk your body produces. Still, a few home remedies may help you increase milk production.

Lactate More With Lactogenic Foods

Some foods induce the secretion of milk. Fruits and vegetables that are high in phytoestrogens -- dark leafy greens, for example -- are among such lactogenic foods. Carrots, asparagus, oatmeal and dried apricots also have an abundance of phytoestrogens. Asparagus also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that can stimulate the production of milk because it increases the level of prolactin -- a hormone involved in lactation. Brown rice is believed to stimulate the brain to produce serotonin, which in turn stimulates the production of prolactin.

Fill Up With Fenugreek

Registered nurse and lactation consultant Kathleen Huggins, writing for Baby Center, notes that the spice fenugreek can help increase milk supply. Huggins says that most women should notice an increase in milk supply within 24 to 72 hours of taking fenugreek. She says the capsule form -- available in 580 or 610 milligrams -- is considered more effective than fenugreek tea, which has an unpleasant taste. The Baby Center, she says, recommends two to three capsules three times a day.

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