At some point in time, during the initial stage of breastfeeding journey many mums especially new mums often ask about ways to maintain and increase their breast milk supply, First-time mums often ask questions like, how do I make enough breast milk to satisfy my baby? I am not sure if my baby is getting enough milk from my breast or how can I boost my milk production?. If you are worried about how you can make enough breast milk naturally, this article is for you, your consistency in breastfeeding and the process are the two main keys necessary to establish a healthy milk supply.
How to increase your breastmilk naturally
1. Be self-confident
Most breastfeeding mothers have the ability to maintain a healthy milk supply and you too can do it! yes! absolutely, you can, however, the doubt about the insufficiency of breastmilk is common amongst new mothers, and sometimes some experienced mothers too, lack of confidence and having emotions about it would only discourage the milk supply.
As long as you are breastfeeding your baby very often and there are physical signs that your baby is getting enough, everything would be fine.
2. Breastfeed for long periods at each feeding
Your newborn should be breastfed for at least 10-20 minutes on each breast, if he falls off the nipple give him some little time and try to burp your baby before you continue to the feeding, you will get more stimulation when you spend more time on breastfeeding.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water and other fluids such as milk, juice, yogurt or tea can also help to boost the milk supply, taking enough fluids daily is very important for breastfeeding mothers, it also helps to eliminate harmful toxins from the body, experts recommend 2-3 liters of fluid depending on your body weight. You may feel thirsty when breastfeeding your baby due to the increased amount of oxytocin(the hormone responsible for milk flow) which allows you to drink more water.
4. Maintain A Healthy Balanced Diet
Breastfeeding mothers are advised to eat well and maintain a healthy balanced diet to build up healthy milk supply, However, the production of breastmilk requires a good amount of energy, eat nutritious food that gives you energy and foods rich in protein such as, Oatmeal, yogurt, egg, vegetables, fish, etc.
5. Make sure that your baby latching properly
Proper latching on the breast helps your baby to drain the milk properly from the breast and it also helps in the stimulation of more breastmilk production.
6. Make Breastfeeding Consistent
Consistent breastfeeding is the most effective natural way to boost the milk supply, try nurse your baby very often and follow your baby’s lead, milk production is a demand and supply process, the more the milk you supply the higher the demand for production.
7. Let your baby feed fully on each breast
Allow your baby to empty one breast before giving the other, this helps your baby to get all the nutrients in the breast which is essential for your child’s growth.
8. Get some rest
Your state of mind has a lot to do with the milk production, too many worries and tenseness can make a negative impact on the milk supply, it may seem quite uneasy especially when you’re busy, but its very important to find the time to relax and take naps when your baby is sleeping too, when are relaxed, you get energized, which gives your body the ability to produce more milk.
9. Consider using breast pump compression
This is done by removing more milk from the breast with the use of breast pump or hand expression, this helps to increase the frequency of milk supply.
Pumping or massaging your breast is important especially when your baby is not nursing or latching effectively or does not breastfeed very often, but compression is usually not necessary if your child is breastfeeding well.
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