Ways to increase Breast milk Production

For a healthy baby growth, it is important that you know about breastfeeding, mainly how to ensure sufficient breast milk for your baby. The baby should be supplied with ample amount since few weeks after delivery. Owing to the sedentary lifestyle and high intake of processed food, nowadays many new moms are forced to stop their breast feeding much before than the necessary period because of insufficient milk production.

Is it possible to increase Breast milk Production?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to increase the breast milk supply.

A few simple ways can be followed to increase breast milk supply. Some of these methods are practised for many generations which do not have any side effects and additionally, result in a plethora of health benefits to both mom and her baby.

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Tips to Increase Breast milk Production

There are many ways to increase your milk supply. These ideas may help avoid breast feeding problems:

Start Feeding Immediately:  

You must start feeding your baby soon after your delivery. If you have delivered through c- section, you can start once you are allowed to feed after your doctor’s advice.

Breastfeed very often: 

You must feed your baby every 1 and half hours for the first 4 weeks, then every 2 hours for the next 4 weeks, then gradually you can reduce the gap between your feeding times. It will effectively increase the breast milk supply.

Stay Hydrated:

Drinking enough water and staying hydrated throughout the day plays a very important role in breast milk production of a new mother.  Breastfeeding moms should drink approximately 12 8-ounce glasses of water or other non-caffeinated beverages daily.

Let baby feed fully on each side:

Your newborn should be breastfed for at least 10 minutes on each side. If your baby falls asleep, try to wake him up gently to continue nursing. The longer the baby sucks, the higher the breast milk production. You can just massage your baby’s ear gently to wake him up and make sure that you are feeding equally on both sides, this helps to increase the supply on both the sides.

Baby’s Latching Position:

Be sure every time before you feed to your baby that your baby latching on your breast proper as it stimulates the breast milk production. Once your baby latches his mouth in the right way and emptied your breast one side, it will rouse your brain and body to produce more and sufficient milk for your baby.

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Foods That Helps to increase Breast milk Production Naturally

Here are a few ways to increase breast milk production of good quality and ample supply of breast milk naturally. You can try these before you look into alternative treatments, such as herbs or medication.

  • Fennel seeds.

  • Lean meat and poultry.

  • Green Leafy vegetables.

  • Apricots.

  • Salmon Fish.

  • Barley.

  • Papaya.

  • Fenugreek.

  • Garlic.

  • Oatmeal or oat milk.

Signs of low breast milk supply

You can know, the baby is not feeding enough, when there are:

Delayed Bowel Movements

Less frequent Urination

Jaundice / Yellow Coloured Urine

Unusual Weight Loss

Noticeably Less Active

Short Sucking Periods

Happy Parenting!!!

The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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