Hi I'm lavanya. My second daughter is one month old. For my first daughter I couldn't breastfeed her because as the doctor said supply was less, I also used tablets to increase milk supply but in vain. Now my milk supply is a bit better, but as I have no proper experience, I don't know how often I should feed her, if what she drinks is sufficient for her, because she keeps wanting to suck milk. I'm on a normal diet with more milk n milk products n vegetables that increase milk supply, etc. The paediatrician here suggested I use a breast pump to express milk so that as I express milk, the supply also would increase. But I'm worried if it is worth trying. Please give me some suggestions. Thank you

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Updated on Jul 22, 2016

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you have to help your baby in latching which means that the baby should be able to take in the entire nipple, along with maximum of aerola (dark) region in his mouth. You may hold your nipple between your fingers and help the baby to take it in mouth. You can take help of lactation expert in hospital for this too. You need to check the flow of your milk. If it is less, you take care of your diet. You should also feed on both the sides for equal duration, that is 10 minutes at one side and another 10 minutes on the other side. If the milk flow is good, 20-25 minutes would be sufficient. Sometimes a baby may continue to take the feed from the mother as it gives them emotional security too. Milk production or lactation is also dependent on sucking by the baby. The more the baby feeds, the more the milk is produced. Breast have to be emptied for more lactation. For the time being you can express the milk either by clean hands or by using a breast pump. This can be fed to the baby with sterilised katori and spoon. You need to both relax and take care of diet to help in lactation. Few suggestions are take a balanced diet of cereals (esp dalia, bajra), green leafy vegetables (esp methi, mustard leaves), dals & legumes (masoor. black channa, soybean), fruits, milk products, eggs fish & poultry. Do take almonds, cashew, walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, dates, raisins, cumin seeds, methi seeds, ajwain, dried ginger, gaund, jaggery etc. You should also take ample fluids in the form of lukewarm water, zeera water, soups, buttermilk, egg nog, milk etc. You may also read a blog for this on our website, link is given https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/-8-nutrition-tips-for-breastfeeding-mothers/539 Hope this helps.

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