7 effective ways to boost your breast milk supply
Article by Cherlynn Ng
It’s normal for new mums to wonder if they are producing enough breast milk for their baby. The good news is you have nothing to worry about if he or she is gaining weight well. However, some mothers might struggle with providing an ample supply for their little darling or have problems coping with the whole process.
An experienced confinement nanny will be able to help and advise you accordingly, but here are some easy tips that you can practice on your own.
The level of breast milk production can be established and controlled by frequent (and thorough) emptying of the breasts, especially during the first few weeks after childbirth. The more breast milk your infant consumes, the more your supply will increase in order to keep up. Breastfeeding mums are encouraged to feed their baby every two hours.
The same supply-and-demand theory applies here. Again, the amount of breast milk you produce is mainly determined by how much breast milk is removed, whether by a baby or a pump. Adding a pumping session between or after nursing your child can make a big difference.
Massage your breasts
Gently massaging your breasts while nursing can stimulate milk production. It also improves the flow of your breast milk, which in turn reduces the likelihood of your baby falling asleep at your breast on an empty stomach. Massages are also a useful way of relieving chest pains, soreness and other discomfort caused by breastfeeding.
Avoid pacifiers, bottles or formula milk
All of your baby’s sucking needs should be met at the breast, as the saying goes. If pacifiers are really necessary, ensure that it isn’t used as a supplement for nutritive sucking.
Ensure that you have a balanced diet that’s rich in proteins, calcium and iron. Certain foods such as fenugreek and confinement dishes like green papaya soup can also do wonders in boosting breast milk supply. A professional confinement nanny can help to whip up suitable meals while you focus on bonding with your newborn.
Only by taking care of yourself first then can you nurse your baby the way he or she deserves. That means eating well and drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. While consuming extra liquids does not directly increase breast milk production, staying hydrated keeps you in top form, which in turn benefits your beloved newborn.
Get enough rest
A fatigued body will be struggling to perform basic daily functions, meaning breast milk production will hardly be one of its priorities. It is important for a mother to be well-rested so that she can focus on her breastfeeding experience and give her baby only the best.
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