Feed on demand
As much as possible, ditch the routine and feed the baby whenever and wherever hunger cues are manifested. Remember that crying is a sign of hunger so you may definitely offer your breasts to see if the baby needs to feed or not.
To add, the more you respond to your baby’s “demand” the more your supply lasts.
Let the latch on do the talking
A good latch on entails successful nursing for both mother and child. Proper latch on means comfort on the mother’s end (no painful sucking, no back or neck strain) and optimum benefit for the little one.
As long as the baby is active/alert, wetting the diapers regularly and (thanks to one of our visitors’ comment) the weight gain, there is nothing to worry about. A common mistake a mother makes is to overthink that her child might not be feeding well, that her milk is not sufficient or healthy enough which, more often than not, contribute to PPD.
Relax and get the rest your body and mind need and deserve.
Say no to stress
Stress hampers your let down reflexes from releasing more milk to your breast. Making sure to watch over emotions and communicate with loved ones in case you need help or someone to listen to you. The baby will be on the losing end if the mother lets herself be defeated by such emotion.
Cheer up; things are going to be great soon.
Support system is important
It is different when you know of someone who shares the same sentiment and experience as you do. Hence, it is also important that a breastfeeding mother has a strong support system — perhaps a group of mothers, who are or had been breastfeeding, can help.
Gather best practices and encouragement. Help other women too who might be having a difficult time coping with her new undertaking as a mother. Avoid people who judge, criticize or giving unhelpful unsolicited advice about your breastfeeding ordeal and choices.
No to alcohol
While it is very tempting to have fun with your girlfriends over cocktails or beer, it is best to abstain from such while breastfeeding.
According to research, breastfed babies exposed to alcohol intake, say one drink a day, might have motor development impairment and change in sleep pattern. Studies likewise show that regular alcohol intake decreases breast milk supply to up to 20%.
Therefore, the absence of alcohol makes up for the fast increase in milk supply. Drink plenty of water instead to replenish the body as dehydration results to less milk.
Massage the breasts
Massage the chest until further near the nipple before letting the baby suck. Let the baby swallow a couple before doing the same massage routine to the other breast. Breast massage boosts the fat content and volume of your milk.
Power pumping to increase milk supply
Power pumping or cluster pumping consists of pumping milk for 10 minutes and 10 minutes rest for a stretch of one hour in one day. It is done on top of “regular” breastfeeding.
How to increase milk supply when pumping?
First off, please choose a quality double electric pump.
Second is to establish a specific routine in breastfeeding which includes the same place, same beverage to drink, same time of the day and even the same comfortable couch, chair or space.
Third is to massage the breast by making small circles all over minutes before you intend to pump.
Supplements to increase milk supply
Most of the supplements recommended for nursing mothers trigger the activity of prolactin. Prolactin is the main hormone that forefronts milk production.
Examples are Domperidone (Motilium) and Metoclopramide (Maxolon). Both prescription drugs treat gastrointestinal disorders and are said to aid in increasing breastmilk supply. Please make sure to consult your doctor first before taking any of these supplements.
I hope you enjoy this little post and feel free to chime in with a comment. Let me know if you have any personal review or experience, or if you have any questions about the post. 🙂
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