4 Mantras to produce more milk for breastfeeding
For new moms, breastfeeding can be unsettling for many reasons. When you are dealing with a new addition, its a common behavior to be doubtful and stressed. While you are still trying to get the hang of breastfeeding, you will have numerous questions like “Is my baby getting enough milk?” or “Am I producing enough milk?”. Trust me, I have been there and done that!
First thing to do is to see a lactation consultant and get an assessment done. Know your body well and ask all your doubts about your supply and feeding techniques. Once you are aware of you have a clear mind about your supply, go ahead and think about increasing.
Below are four important tips to increase your supply for breastfeeding:
- Demand-supply rule
Breast milk works on demand –supply rule. The more the baby feeds , the more milk is produced. When the baby finishes up the milk and your breast empties up is when your body adjusts and makes more milk. Do not time/schedule your feed. Let the baby latch on, feed as much as s(he) needs and let the baby unlatch. Once baby unlatch offer the other side. If s(he) rejects then it means the baby is full. You should allow the baby to suck more, for you to make more milk.
Use an electric or manual breast pump to increase supply, if and only if you have low milk supply and a lactation consultant has assessed. You can use the breast pump after feeding your little one, this in turn empties your breast and signals your body to produce more milk.
Keep in mind not to over do anything. When you have enough supply DO NOT over do and pump more as it results in increase of supply and let down of breast milk.
- Well balanced diet
Any change within your body requires intake of nutritious food. Eating healthy results in good milk supply and in turn your baby gets all the required nutrition. Have a balanced diet for the day and make sure to avoid junk food as much as possible. Add more of leafy green vegetable into your diet which is good for the production of milk.
Whenever you consume a new vegetable or dish, keep an eye if your baby is allergic to it or reacts with symptoms like loosies, vomit and rashes post breastfeeding.
Every woman is different and so is their body. A food might increase supply for someone and the same food might not work for someone else. Below are few foods which increases milk supply:
|Papaya||Beetroot||Coriander seeds||Poppy seeds|
|Sesame seeds||Asparagus||Caraway seeds||Anise seeds|
- Enough fluids
Make sure you add more fluids which includes fruit juice, milk and more water to your diet. Consume more water for the day which increases milk supply drastically. It is a myth that consuming more water turns your breast milk watery.
Make sure you drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated.
- Keep stress at bay
Hormones play an important role while breastfeeding. The stress and tension may result in hormonal imbalance and eventually reduces your supply. Avoid unnecessary stress and try to keep yourself relaxed. Listen to good soothing music, sit back and keep calm.
Lastly, happy breastfeeding!!
Until nest time…
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