How to increase breast milk supply?
Created by Vandana Chawla Updated on Oct 17, 2020
It is obvious for a new mom to think if she is producing enough breast milk to meet her child's needs.
Some of the frequently heard statements from new moms are "Am I producing enough milk for my baby?", "Is my baby still hungry?", "Will I be able to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months?" "What should I eat to increase breast milk supply?"
It is important to understand that every mother's milk is sufficient for her child,
First of all it is important for breastfeeding moms to relax and identify signals like does your baby seem content after feeding, Do they sleep well, Are they having plenty of wet diapers. If the answers to these questions is yes, then in all probability your baby is doing great.
You can now check out how you can improve your breast milk supply.
Be comfortable and stress-free
Research suggests that stress can reduce the production of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for milk production. Be happy and think positive, and be relaxed.
There is a demand supply relationship when it comes breastfeeding. This means the more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts will continue producing. Likewise, if you don't feed, your body will get a signal that milk is not needed, and hence your body will not produce enough milk.
Eat a healthy diet. Eat enough cereals, milk and milk products, dry fruits, and green leafy vegetables. You should also include foods that enhance milk production like oats, pulses, fenugreek, fennel etc, and other galactogogue-rich foods.
Watch this as Lactation Expert Vandana Chawla talks of how you can increase your breast milk supply.
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