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9 Tips to increase breast milk supply in lactating moms

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9 Tips to increase breast milk supply in lactating moms

While breastfeeding is one of the most cherished moments for all moms, it is also the time when first-time moms are worried most. One of the many thoughts that worry her is “Am I producing enough milk for my baby or is she still hungry?” While time and again your paediatrician will assure you that each mother’s milk is sufficient for her child, reassuring a new mother is not so easy.

Now here are 9 tips that will help improve lactation and make breastfeeding a success:

1) Relax and be comfortable: Might sound paradoxical, but the more you stress, the lesser your body will be able to produce milk. Studies have shown the stress can reduce the production of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for milk production. Listen to some calming music, think happy thoughts and be relaxed. Even when you feed or express milk with a breast pump, choose a comfortable posture and pumps which are comfortable.

2) Nurse more: When it comes to breast-feeding, your body follows a simple supply and demand logic. The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your breasts will continue producing. And if you don't feed, your body will get a signal that milk is not needed, and will not produce enough milk. In case you are unable to breastfeed your baby for some reason, express breast milk with a comfortable breast pump like Philips Avent and feed the baby. Expressing with a comfortable breast pump also tells the body that milk is needed.

Also read: Breastfeeding—what you need to know!

 

3) Be confident: Pregnancy and post pregnancy are times when everyone feels they know how to guide you. A mother-in-law may suggest that there is not sufficient let down of milk and your baby is hungry. Trust yourself. Listening to too much to negativity will affect your willingness to feed. Politely tell them that if the baby wants feed again even after a short gap, you will feed, but are not willing to give the child top feed.

4) Don’t get pressured: Even if your child demands feed every 45 minutes it is okay! Each child has a separate feeding pattern and so even if your child gives you a gap of 45 minutes between each feed session, rest assured your baby is getting enough milk.

5) Watch out for signs: How do you know your child is feeding enough? Simply by his output! One easy way to judge if your milk is enough, is by counting the number of times the baby pees. Anything above 6 a day means the baby is getting sufficient feed. Be happy!

6) Have a healthy diet: If you eat healthy, your body will be able to produce enough milk. So, rather than focusing on heavy foods, focus on the right diet. Have ample to eat and do not even think of cutting back on your food to lose the baby fat. That can wait. Eat enough cereals, milk and milk products, dry fruits, green leafy vegetables etc.

7) Focus on let down of milk: Sometimes, even though your body maybe producing sufficient milk, it might not be available to the child because of improper let down of milk. For this: have plenty of fluids, before, after and during feeding; be stress-free; ensure baby latches on properly (the child should be suckling on the entire areola and not just on the nipple). A warm bath or massaging your breast with a warm towel before feeding helps. If you use a breast pump, get one with a dedicated Let-Down mode to stimulate milk flow. A Philips Avent Comfort Electric Breast pump has one.

8) Focus on galactogogue-rich foods: Certain foods such as jeera, ajwain, saunf are commonly known to help increase lactation. So include these in your diet. Boil them in water and consume that water, or simply mix and grind these to make a churan of sorts and eat that.

9) Supplement intake: In case, you are still not convinced about lactation, there are some supplements available in the market in both powder and capsule form that can be had to increase lacatation. You can ask your doctor for advice on these.

To conclude, go back with the thought that you are the best mother your baby could have! Being happy works miracles!

 

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Malashree

| Jun 22, 2016

very very important tips

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Canisha Kapoor

| Jun 22, 2016

Important tips for all lactating mommies.

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Laura

| Jun 22, 2016

Helpful tips for all breast feeding mothers.

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Tahilyanisanjay

| Jun 21, 2016

thanks...

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RMITHILESH

| Jun 21, 2016

thanks for information

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