Have you been looking for ways to boost your breast milk supply without success?
Typically, your breasts will have little supply of milk during the early weeks after delivery. However, the supply should increase within a few weeks of breastfeeding with improvements on your feeding and breastfeeding habits.
Apparently, it’s very rare to have low supply of milk than your baby requires. However, to new moms, here’s how to know if your baby is getting sufficient breast milk.
Your baby is getting sufficient milk if he/she:
If your breasts do not produce enough milk, the following could be the factors contributing to low milk supply:
While there are plenty of diets recommended by medical practitioners, sometimes, natural factors may be the reason your breasts are not producing sufficient milk. Here’s how to stimulate production of more breast milk.
How to Boost Breast Milk Supply Quickly
1. Have A Balance Diet and Don’t Miss a Meal
Production and formation of milk is based on what you feed on. Have a balanced diet that is reach in oatmeal, green veggies, almonds and other healthy diets and snacks that increase your body energy.
You can consult your doctor on better foods that boost and maintain steady supply of breast milk. In addition to this, do not skip a meal.
2. Take a Lot of Fluids
According to medical experts, about 90 percent of breast milk is water. So, every day, make sure you drink not less than 6-8 glasses of either tea, water, juice on any other fluid (not alcohol) to prevent you from dehydration.
You are not drinking enough water if you feel dizzy, have a dry mouth or have a recurring headache.
3. Proper Breast Latch
Make sure the baby is latching and breastfeeding properly without any discomfort. With an improper latch, the baby will not be able to draw all the milk from the breast. When the baby is latching correctly, he or she is able to drain all the milk stimulating the production and formation of more milk.
4. Breastfeed Quite Often
Do not take more than 3 hours before breastfeeding. Have a habit of breastfeeding quite often- not less than 8-times in a day.
The body produces more milk based on supply. So, the more you breastfeed, the more you’re signaling to your body that you need ample supply of milk.
Wake up your baby if they sleep for more than three hours without breastfeeding. Your baby can suck from the breast or you can conveniently use a breast pump.
5. Compress Your Breast When Breastfeeding the Baby
If your baby is not breastfeeding well, compress your breast while your baby is breastfeeding. This way, you’ll compelling your baby to draw more milk while maintaining the flow of milk at the same time. Do this if your baby is sleepy or is a poor nurser.
6. Always Alternate to Both Breasts
Do not start with the same breast every time you want to feed your baby. Remember that the first breast to breastfeed will always get a lot of stimulation. The more stimulation it gets, the more milk it produces.
If you occasionally start with one breast, it will always produce more milk than the other. With time, it will get larger than the other breast.
7. Remove All the Milk from Breasts
Ensure your breasts do not retain any milk after breastfeeding. Suction all the milk if your baby is not able to empty the breast.
Essentially, the more you empty the breasts, then more milk will be formed. If less milk is expressed, then less milk will be produced since you’re signaling to the milk ducts that the milk produced is more than the baby requires.
8. Limit Stress and Have Some Rest
We know that depression and fatigue are inevitable, but make sure you set aside some time to wind up especially when your baby is having a nap. Remember that depression and exhaustion will take up some energy that would be dedicated in the formation of breast milk.
9. Embrace A Healthy Lifestyle
Do not smoke or have the habit of taking contraceptives. Deviate from unhealthy lifestyle and watch your milk supply increase within a few days of change.
10. Do Not Give Your Baby a Pacifier
If you have a pacifier for breastfed newborns, offer your baby the breast every time your baby wants to suck a pacifier.
According to studies, babies who are introduced to pacifiers are not good in breastfeeding. If you introduce your baby to pacifier, he or she will always prefer a pacifier in place of breastfeeding. This will cause supply of milk to dwindle.
Primarily, make sure you introduce your baby to pacifier once the supply of milk is well established.
While formation of more milk may be determined by your diet and natural factors like health, in most cases, you only need to alter your lifestyle to dramatically improve the supply of breast milk. Follow these tips and consult a doctor if the supply of milk does not change with these remedies.
Your doctor may recommend some herbal or pharmacological drugs as alternative treatments if your condition is serious.