How best can you increase your breast milk production? Increasing breast milk production has become a major concern of most nursing mothers.
May be you are worried you are not producing enough breast milk for your baby, remember that you are not alone.
For average woman, your milk supply is just fine, but if you need to increase your breast milk production, there are many ways to do so. Continue reading to learn 10 several ways to increase your breast milk production base on practices adopted by mothers for ages and Evidence-based practices
#1. Ensure that baby is Nursing efficiently
In the process of enhancing milk production, one of the factors to consider is to ensure that your baby is nursing efficiently. Slow nursing can affect milk production since the body works according to the rate at which the body empties milk been produced. Position of baby, sleepy baby and other factors can affect the baby’s ability to suck milk.
If your baby is not able to suck enough milk, then there is the need for you to express the milk to allow the body to replace it with fresh milk
#2. Adopt frequent breast feeding
Frequent breast feeding means you are nursing efficiently. Remember that your aim is to increase milk production by getting rid of excess ones. Adopting the habit of frequent breast feeding enhances mom’s milk supply
#3. Store excess milk
Storing excess milk becomes necessary when your baby becomes full quickly upon small time of breast feeding or when your baby has missed a feeding. It then becomes necessary to store excess milk for future use by your baby.
#4. Adopt both side breastfeeding
Is your baby always feeding from one side of your breast? Allow your baby to feed on one side of your breast for a long time before offering the other side. This enhances adequate availability of milk for your baby.
Pumping milk from both breasts simultaneously has also been found to increase milk production and result in a higher fat content in the milk.
#5. Lactating supplements
Your breast milk production can be further increased by taking lactation supplements, there are lots of lactation supplements in the market which can by generally used by all lactation mothers, which includes Fenugreek extract, Liquid gold, Malunggay capsules (moringa), and Shatavan capsules.
To prevent other complication always consult your doctor before use.
#6. Feeding on Natural foods
Proper feeding on natural foods can increase milk production. There are whole lot of naturally occurring foods that enhances breast milk production which includes:
- Barley malt: it contains lactogenic beta-glucan., these are normally found in grains through the conversion of barley to sweet by malting enzymes. It can be used by adding barley malt to sweeten chocolate milk made with unsweetened cocoa.
- Oats: it’s one of the best breast milk inducers in the body aside barleys. Oat also contains lactogenic beta-glucan. Oat is easy to prepare and requires few minutes of boil and can be topped with cookies.
- Fennel plus fenugreek seeds: these are herbs which are good for increasing milk production. Both the plant and its seed, fenugreek contains phytoestrogens.
- Fenugreek herb is a well-known plant especially, used by moms in North America and other parts of the world like India and Middle East.
- But the exact dosage is still not identified by experts and as such people with type 1 or 2 diabetes and heart diseases should consult their doctor before use. Although there are side effects, but it is not so severe “Diarrhea”
- Papaya (Pawpaw): papaya is also considered to be among the best natural foods to increase breast milk production. Although much research has not be done on it, but the use of papaya to enhance milk production is widely used as a galactogogue in Asian cultures for centuries. It can be used by eating it raw, or for soup preparation.
- Other foods that can enhance breast milk production includes,
Dill, Red beets, Anise seeds, Poppy seeds, Coriander seeds, Sesame seeds, Apricots, Asparagus, Garlic, Caraway seeds
It’s very important to know all the foods that enhances milk production, but it is also good to know and familiarize yourself with anti-lactogenic foods (breast milk production inhibiting foods) such as plants, herbs and medications.
Abusing these foods can antagonize the good effects of lactogenic foods. These foods includes;
- Alcohol: are you advised to take alcohol before eating or are you addicted to alcoholic beverages? Then it is time to put a stop to that since it can affect your milk production. Experts believe that Alcohol taking at a greater extends can terminate or reduce the performance of the hormone prolactin secreted by the Pituitary gland.
- But don’t panic since an occasional glass of wine wont dry up your supply, but don’t make it a habit.
- Chasteberry: it is familiar to most moms since chasteberry is used for the treatment of premenstrual syndromes and endometrioses in most cases. One thing you must take note is that, Chasteberry acts directly on pituitary gland which inhibits prolactin and turns to decrease milk production.
#8. Stay hydrated
It is quite unfortunate that most nursing mothers complain of low milk supply but they fail to take their water consumption serious. Breast milk is made up of so many compositions of which water takes the larger share of it.
Comparing the compositions of breast milk per cup, it is found that, Omega-6 fatty acids (920 mg), Fats (10.8 g), Protein (2.5 g) and water been largest portion with (215 g). It is advisable to drink about 6-7 ounce-glasses of water a day to enhance milk production.
#9. Provide baby with only breast milk
When your baby is younger than 6 months, the only source of food should be predominantly breast milk. Avoid solids, water and formula and consider decreasing it when the baby gets older. This helps to challenge the breast to produce enough or sufficient milk for your baby
#10. Live a well-balanced life
The human body works like a machine and may need ample rest as the days goes by. Remember to have enough rest when baby sleeps.
Feed on balanced diet and ensure your body is always hydrated by taking maximum fluids.
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The burden of low milk supply is a challenging factor affecting most nursing mothers and I believe I have covered most of the major areas that is a major concern to mothers. I believe when observed and put into action, it will produce a higher result.
I will be happy to hear from you how this article has helped you and also other suggestions you may wish to contribute to it, however, if you have any question you may wish to ask, I will be more than able to help you out.