Breastfeeding is something many parents struggle with, especially in the early days, so it's vital for new moms to know what can affect milk production. From managing your stress to eating a healthy diet, there are various things you can do to help create a successful breast milk supply for your baby. We spoke to experts about what they recommend.


Human breast milk is composed of 87 percent water, so hydration is essential. "The amount of fluid you intake directly relates to how much breast milk you can produce," said Marie Burke, a mother and baby expert at O'Flynn Medical. "Always sip on a bottle of water throughout the day and drink one glass of it every time you nurse."

This agrees with conventional wisdom in the parenting world—however, scientists haven't discovered supporting evidence to back the claim. A 2014 Cochrane Library review of the existing