Ask the Expert: Prenatal Massage Therapist

Lita Nery is an internationally certified prenatal and lactation massage therapist. She not only soothes the aches and pains which generally accompany pregnancy, she also helps new moms stimulate milk production through massage. Click here to ask an expert.

What’s the best way for breastfeeding moms to increase their milk supply?

One sure way of increasing your milk supply is by feeding baby on-demand. Let your baby dictate his feeding schedule and not the other way around. The more frequent he feeds, the more milk you will produce. It would also help if you can give your breasts two to three circular massages before feeding.

How do I make breastfeeding easier for me and baby during the first few weeks?

Try expressing milk through hand massage. It is less traumatizing to the breasts than using breast pumps. During the first six weeks, expressing by hand is better and also less frustrating.

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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