Sunday, April 27, 2014

How to increase breast milk

For a breastfeeding mom, there's nothing quite as frustrating as feeling like you're not producing enough milk. You've got a hungry baby here, what the heck do you do!? Give up?

Remember the three B’s of breastfeeding: the breast, the baby, and the brain. To increase your milk supply, the breast needs more stimulation from the baby and making that happen will require some adjustments in your brain. To increase your milk supply, you have to make breastfeeding a priority.

Eat Healthy Foods

 No magic recipes here, but many a new mom has been known to set aside her own needs because she's so focused on the baby. This is counterproductive! The body needs fuel in order to produce milk.

Increase feeding frequency

 Breastfeed your baby at least every two hours during the day. If your baby has been napping for more than two hours, wake her up for a feeding. (See Waking the Sleepy Baby.) Consider waking your baby for at least one extra night feeding, too, especially if you have a baby who sleeps for more than a four or five hour stretch at night.

Nurse longer

Don’t limit the length of your baby’s feedings to a predetermined number of minutes on each side. Allow your baby to finish the first breast before switching to the other side. This gives baby an opportunity to fill up on the high-fat hind milk brought down by the milk-ejection reflex. If you switch your baby to the second side too soon, he’ll fill up on the watery foremilk, which will make his tummy feel full but may not give him enough calories to grow.


The experts suggest adding a few pumping sessions in between feedings, keeping the pump running for as much as 5 minutes after the last drop of milk is expressed. Putting more demand on your breasts tells the body to make more milk.

Fenugreek Seeds

Ingesting the seeds of the plant used back in the day for inducing childbirth can help boost milk production. It is known to cause gas and bloating, so beware!

Lactation Cookies

There are various brands you can purchase pre-made or you can make your own. Most feature oats which -- on their own -- are touted for helping moms bump up their production.

Think baby, think milk

While you are feeding, stroke and calm your baby using a lot of skin-to-skin contact – a practice called grooming. Enjoy his sweet face and the feel of his skin. This will help your milk ejection reflex. The milk ejection reflex squeezes the milk you make out of the milk glands and down into the ducts and milk sinuses where it’s available to the baby. Between breastfeeding and immediately before a feeding, imagine your infant nursing at your breast and your breasts pouring out milk to satisfy your baby.

Carom seeds (ajwain)

Carom seeds are believed to help in cleansing the stomach and aiding digestion.Carom seeds can be used while cooking vegetables, in raitas, stuffed pooris and paranthas or making ajwain ka pani. A drink made of carom and fennel seeds (saunf aur ajwain ka pani) is believed to increase lactation and improve digestion.

Reduce Stress

Easier said than done, especially when you're having trouble with breastfeeding, I know, but the stress inhibits the production of oxytocin. That's the hormone that stimulates the milk letdown.

No pacifiers, no bottles

When there are concerns about weight gain, all your baby’s sucking should be done at the breast. Bottles of formula will interfere with the balance between your milk supply and baby’s need, so will satisfying baby’s sucking need with a pacifier. If it is medically necessary to give your baby supplementary feedings, try alternatives to bottles that don’t involve artificial nipples.

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